I have to admit I was wrong. I thought that Rogue One would be secure in the number one spot for a while but it looks like Hidden Figures took the crown this week, a film that no one could say correctly at the Golden Globes. Taking in a gross of $22.8, it narrowly beat the standalone Star Wars film, which took $22.1 itself. Sing continues pulling in decent money, holding onto the third spot with $20 and new release Underworld: Blood Wars debuted in fourth with $13.7. Rounding out the top five was the seven time Golden Globe winner, La La Land, which took $10.1.
Six new movies hit the screens here in Vancouver, with two of them documentaries in limited release:
Patriots Day – It was only three years ago that we watched the events of the Boston Marathon bombing unfold on television and social media but we already get the movie version in this Peter Berg-directed film. A decent film with a haunting and moody score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, the only this that is distracting is the lead performance from Mark Wahlberg.
Monster Trucks – A subterranean monster is expelled from its underground reservoir home by an evil oil company and finds a home in the chassis of a high school student’s truck. That sounds like the ramblings of a mad man but it is the premise of this new family film. Made in Kamloops, Chilliwack and Surrey, this film has been finished and in the can for three years but sat on the shelves because, well, it’s terrible.
The Bye Bye Man – A horror film that the studio refused to screen for us, this will appeal to those teens tweens and millennials that love the Slender Man story. No actors of not except creature specialist Doug Jones and B.C.’s Carrie-Anne Moss, don’t expect anything from this one.
Live By Night – Ban Affleck takes triple duty on this one as actor, director and writer, again going back to writer Dennis Lehane, who penned his directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone. I was massively stoked for this film, as I loved everything he’s made, but this film was a misguided and distracted dud.
Mostly Sunny – A documentary from Canadian filmmaker Dilip Mehta, the subject is Sunny Leone, a Canadian-born Sikh who broke into the adult industry with multiple Penthouse shoots and then a massively successful porn career. The film follows her as she goes to India to start a new direction as a Bollywood star. Very interesting in the clash of sex against the Indian culture.
Zero Days – Master documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, who has tackled things like Scientology, Hunter S. Thompson and Eliot Spitzer, takes on Stuxnet. What is that? It was a piece of malware that government officials don’t wnt to talk about and was designed to destroy an Iranian nuclear facility. Really scary stuff.
At The Rio Theatre: Check out some British Columbia made horror on Friday night as the two biggest villains of the genre, Freddy Kruger and Jason Voorhees, go head to head in Freddy vs. Jason. A fun, campy and sometimes hilarious movie, the show gets started at 11:30 pm.
Blu-Ray: What I call Ben Affleck’s “John Wick Light with Autism”, The Accountant, the true story of the BP oil rig disaster in Deepwater Horizon, Kevin Hart’s stand-up film, Kevin Hart: What Now? and the supernatural thriller starring Vancouver’s own Jacob Tremblay, Before I Wake.