It was a massively interesting weekend as M. Night Shyamalan has seemingly completed his comeback and landed at the top of the box office for the first time since The Village opened in the summer of 2004. Taking $40 million, it annihilated it’s competition, with the other new release, XXX: Return Of Xander Cage, pulling in second with $20.1 and Hidden Figures dropping down to third with $15.7. Rounding out the top five was Sing, earning another $9 million and La La Land getting $8.4 on top of its fourteen Oscar nominations.
This week sees five new releases hit theaters in Vancouver, with three of them being across the lower mainland:
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – It looks like this may actually be the end of the Milla Jovovich led video game adaptation series and, really, good riddance. As a fan of the original game, this was always a story that filmmaker and Jovovich’s husband, Paul W.S. Anderson, never seemed to get right. I’m in favor of a total reboot but after this sequel exhaustion, we may never see it.
A Dog’s Purpose – A movie that was sabotage with a crudely edited TMZ leaked video, this film may be, pardon the pun, dead in the water. A massive boycott has been issued by groups like PETA and many, many people on social media, this film will be a touchy subject and the cause of many arguments which is unfortunate because of the beautiful message the story shares.
Gold – Matthew McConaughey has a bald head, pot belly and constant flop sweat in his new film loosely based on a true story. Playing a down and out gold broker who discovers a new mine that may be too good to be true, this film is far less than it could have been. Predictable and oddly put together, the lead star’s charisma wasn’t enough to keep it afloat.
Toni Erdmann – Now nominated for the best foreign Oscar, this is one of my top five films I saw last year. Heartfelt, hilarious and completely touching, Toni Erdmann is the story of a father wanting to reconnect with his estranged daughter who is caught in the middle of a life-changing career moment. This film has a third act that no one will see coming. I certainly didn’t.
Trespass Against Us – It’s been a bad past year for Michael Fassbender, one of the best actors in the world who was put into the terrible studio films X-Men: Apocalypse and Assassin’s Creed. He returns to flying form in this film, which takes place in a British campground of travelers or, as their known in Guy Ritchie’s Snatch, pikeys.