The Merc With A Mouth took it’s second number one weekend at the box office with another impressive $56.5 million which is very close to it’s full filming budget of $58. Kung Fu Panda 3 hung on to second place with $12.5 and Risen was the highest grossing of the new batch of films, coming in third with $11.8. The Witch debuted in fourth taking $8.8 and How To Be Single rounds out the top five with $8.2. Race debuted in sixth place with only $7.4 which really wasn’t unexpected.
Five movies open this weekend, three in wide release and two in limited. Also, an Academy Award nominated film gets a limited release next week on Wednesday March 2nd:
Gods of Egypt – From the once visionary director of The Crow and Dark City comes this hilariously awful showdown between Jamie Lannister and Leonidas but under the guises of Egyptian Gods. This fantasy action film is corny, terribly acted and features horrible special effects making it one of the most unintentionally funny films so far this year. There’s also that ugly controversy about white washing that’s making it’s rounds.
Eddie The Eagle – This heartwarming sweetheart of a film is about the true story of British Olympic ski jumped MIchael “Eddie” Edwards, a determined underdog whose only dream was to be an Olympian. He got his wish at the Calgary Olympics in 1988, where I was coincidentally living at the time. Neat stuff.
Triple 9 – A massive cast toplines this gritty and violent film that follows dirty cops and bank robbers in Atlanta. Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus and Kate Winslet as a villainous Russian crime boss, this movie will satisfy your appetite for a Michael Mann’s Heat like film.
Where To Invade Next – After a long time since his last film Capitalism: A Love Story, Oscar winning director Michael Moore is back with a very thought provoking documentary. In this Moore goes country to country to discuss how each government handles things like the working environment, education, children’s nutrition and more. An enlightening and eye opening film that I liked a lot.
A Perfect Day – This dark comedy really impressed me at Vancouver International Film Festival and upon watching it again to review it I fell in love with it even more. Benicio del Toro and Tim Robbins lead a film about aid workers in the former Yugoslavia as their war was coming to an end. Both lead actors totally nail this film and bring humor to a subject thought devoid of it.
Embrace of the Serpent (March 2) – An Academy Award nominated film for Best Foreign and the first to do this from Columbia, this is an interesting black and white filmed trip down the Amazon. It’s split into two stories, taking place in 1909 and 1940, as two separate scientist search for a plant of incredible healing powers with an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his tribe, who spans both stories. A very captivating film.
At the Twilight Drive In: This week’s double header I call “Kill That First One With Fire”
7:30 PM Zoolander 2
9:20 PM Hail, Caesar!
At The Rio Theatre: It is guaranteed that if you go into Friday’s midnight screening of House sight unseen you will wonder what the hell is going on for the next hour and a half, like someone dosed you with some LSD. Hausu is an insanely experimental Japanese horror film actually plotted by the director’s young daughter. A definite treat for any cinephile to see this on the big screen.
Blu-Ray: the Academy Award nominated and brilliant Spotlight, the Pixar bomb The Good Dinosaur, the misstep remake of an Argentinian Academy Award winner Secret In Their Eyes, the horrible Bruce Willis action thriller Extraction and Ron Perlman and Ron Weasley himself Rupert Grint in Moonwalkers.