The Stevil Dead on Movies – January 19th, 2017

Hidden Figures continues to be quite dominant as it takes another weekend at the top of the pile, earning another $20.8 million. The seven-time Golden Globe winner La La Land pulled into second place with $14.5 and Sing proves to have some staying power in third with $13.8. Rounding out the top five was the debuting The Bye Bye Man, the best performing of the new batch, with $13.5 and Rogue One fell all the way to fifth from second with $13.4. Patriots Day opened in sixth, Monster Trucks opened in seventh and Live By Night tanked in eleventh.

This weekend sees the release of five movies with one of those in limited:

XXX: Return Of Xander Cage – Vin Diesel resurrects a character killed in the second installment in the action spy adventure made to continue a series that was never that good to begin with. The movie looks to have a lot of action chops, adding martial artists Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa to the mix, but don’t expect anything beyond flash and zero substance.

Split – M. Night Shyamalan returns to follow up his surprisingly great 2015 film, The Visit. This time he teams with James McAvoy in a film about a kidnapper with twenty-three distinct personalities. Of course, you can expect a twist in this film but what if the twist was that there was no twist? What a twist!

The Founder – Michael Keaton has to be an Oscar frontrunner in this true story about Ray Kroc, a milkshake machine salesman who stumble across two brother’s new business model for a burger joint that ballooned into the empire we know as McDonald’s. If you don’t feel guilty enough after a Big Mac meal, this will pile on some extra for you.

20th Century Women – I know it’s early in 2017 but this film is my favorite of the year already. Annette Bening gives the best performance by any actress in the last year, playing the mother to a teen boy in the late seventies as he comes to grips with the individual he is becoming. In reality, this is an art film told through a beautiful character mosaic, this will delight hardcore cinephiles.

Limited:

Neruda – Checking this one out at the Vancouver International Film Festival, I was expecting a pretty straightforward biopic but instead got an odd and surreal cat and mouse detective story. Centered around the famous poet and political outcast Pablo Neruda, this is more about a bumbling detective’s obsession with bringing his possible idol to justice. Wasn’t a fan.

At The Rio Theatre: The Rio is putting some classic cinema on their screen this Friday as Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! starts at 11:55 pm. A film that has made its mark on many filmmakers, this was, at one time, being circled by Quentin Tarantino for a remake. Anyon unfamiliar with the film needs to grab a ticket as soon as possible!

Blu-Ray: The atrocious book to screen adaptation, The Girl On The Train, the well-cast but terribly reviewed, Keeping Up With The Joneses, a horror prequel that is better than it’s predecessor, Ouija: Origin Of Evil and the campy follow up to a 70s cult classic, Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050.

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Steve is an avid lover of all things film and enjoys talking about it, as well as comics and more. Steve also joins the DrexLive show every Thursday at 9pm PST on CKNW.com