The Stevil Dead on Movies – August 18th, 2016

Suicide Squad managed to stay on top for its second weekend but it made a significant drop in cash between week one and week two, pulling in only $43.5 million, a 68% loss. New releases, Sausage Party, made a cool $34.3 million to make it the biggest R-rated animated film ever and Pete’s Dragon opened in third with $21.5. Jason Bourne and Bad Moms hang onto the fourth and fifth spot with $13.8 and $11.4 each.Florence Foster Jenkins opened in eighth spot and Anthropoid failed to even make a dent, opening in fifteenth.

Some decent films this week, eight in total, but will they make much of a wave at the box office?

Kubo And The Two Strings – Laika Animation returns with one of their most gorgeous films yet, a story of a young man’s journey to escape the past of his loving parents. Sadly, this one will fall far away from everyone’s radar and will go unnoticed. My dream is for this lovely story to net them their first Academy Award but I’ll probably be disappointed. This is my favorite animated film of 2016.

Ben-Hur – Largely remembered for the original Charleton Heston film, the makers of this new reimagining want you to believe that this isn’t a remake or reboot. All of that aside, this comes from Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov, so I’m not predicting good things for this one. Even the trailer looks bad.

War Dogs – Hangover director Todd Phillips directs this comedy based on a true story about two young Americans who became the biggest gun runners in the world. Miles Teller and Jonah Hill star in this film that looks to be brash and fast paced. If you like those Hangover movies, you’ll probably want to get in line for this one.


Hell Or High Water – I know the year isn’t over yet but this film has my favorite screenplay I’ve seen. The film is about two brothers robbing a chain of banks in West Texas and the on the verge of retirement U.S. Marshall hot on their tail. Great dialogue, brilliant direction and fantastic performances, this is now my favorite film this year.

Equity – It’s like Oliver Stone’s Academy Award-winning film Wall Street but from the female perspective as Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn leads this financial thriller. There is definitely a good story in this one but it suffers quite a bit from the director and writer being very inexperienced. Because of this, it came off a bit like a high school play.

Little Men – If you are looking for that sleeper indie drama then this is your diamond in the rough. Coming from Love Is Strange filmmaker Ira Sachs, this is a beautiful coming of age story about two kids in New York who’s new friendship is strained when their families clash over money. This will probably be on lots of top ten lists at the end of the year.

Edge Of Winter – It’s a meeting of comic worlds as Suicide Squad’s Joel Kinnaman and the new Spider-Man Tom Holland star in this film about two boys spending some time with their estranged father. Things go badly when they get stranded in the Ontario wilderness in the middle of winter and Dad goes a bit crazy. A middling thriller with great performances.

Imperium – Daniel Radcliffe stars as an undercover cop who infiltrates a gang of skinheads. Only supposed to be a small bust, things get out of control when he finds out that the group is planning a large-scale terrorist attack. This one is receiving some very favorable reviews, being called “The Departed meets American History X”.

At the Twilight Drive-In: This week’s triple header is one I call “Daddy Issues With A Side Of Trump’s Future America”
8:45 PM Jason Bourne
 jason bourne
11:00 PM Bad Moms
 bad moms
1:00 AM The Purge: Election Year
the purge election year

At The Rio Theatre: One of my favorite independent films ever made and one that is a bit of an oddity, The Rio Theatre is screening Ghost World, from director Terry Zwigoff and based on the graphic novel from Daniel Clowes. Starring Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi, this film also features the very beautiful Scarlett Johansson and actually started my Hollywood crush on her. Go check it out at 11:55 pm!

Blu-Ray: the surprisingly tolerable The Angry Birds Movie and the best showcasing of pure fandom, Raiders! The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.

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