Tom Cruise wasn’t able to overpower Wonder Woman this past weekend as the DC Comics film took the top spot for a second time with $58.5 million and The Mummy opening in second with just $31.7. Captain Underpants, Pirates Of The Caribbean and Guardians Of The Galaxy all had low key weekends giving them $12.2. $10.7 and $6.3 respectively
A big haul of six films hit theaters this weekend, with five of those in wide:
Cars 3 – Disney Pixar is celebrating another threequel after the hit that was Toy Story 3 with a follow up in a series that never really was a hit with me. I thought the first film is one of the more mediocre entries into the celebrated animation company’s catalog. Hopefully, this one can change my mind.
Rough Night – From the creators of the hilarious Comedy Central series Broad City comes this woman led sort of Hangover-style film. What intrigues me is that Scarlett Johansson is the main star in this raunchy Judd Apatow-style comedy but the supporting players Jillian Bell, Kate McKinnon and Ilana Glazer make this one feel like a must see.
All Eyez On Me – Rap and hip-hop fans have been waiting for this film to be made for a long time and thanks to the success of Straight Outta Compton we finally get a Tupac Shakur biopic. Chronicling the prolific fallen rapper’s life and career, the movie also brings back Jamal Woolard as The Notorious B.I.G., a role he is reprising after Notorious in 2009.
The Book Of Henry – Vancouver’s own Jacob Tremblay stars in Jurassic World filmmaker Colin Trevorrow’s film that features an interesting story with a great group of both young and more veteran actors. Following a single mother who discovers a scheme in her son’s book to rescue a young girl from the hands of her abusive stepfather, the movie stars Naomi Watts with Tremblay but also Jaeden Lieberher from last year’s Midnight Special.
Beatriz At Dinner – A film that’s getting great buzz, Youth In Revolt director Miguel Arteta constructs an awkward dinner with three great screen presences, Salma Hayek, John Lithgow and Chloe Sevigny. The film comes from writer Mike White, who has produced really great films that flew under the radar, like Year Of The Dog with Molly Shannon.
The Commune – In an autobiographical film, Lars Von Trier’s former protege Thomas Vinterberg crafts an interesting human experiment. The film follows a progressive couple in 1970s Denmark who decide to open up their home to a handpicked group of others, sharing their lives as a group. Beautifully filmed, this one will really speak to the foreign film cinephiles.
Manifesto – One of the talked about films from the DOXA festival, this film is Cate Blanchett playing a myriad of characters through monologues delivered right to the camera. Showcasing one of the greatest actresses of our generation, this one will appeal to those looking to see someone pull off something truly amazing.
At The Twilight Drive-In: This batch of movies I call “Hey, I Didn’t Get To See CHIPS!”:
9:40 PM Wonder Woman
12:10 AM Alien: Covenant
2:15 AM Chips
At The Rio Theatre: It’s a really awesome one at The Rio as they are doing a midnight screening of a film I have never seen on the big screen. At 11:55 pm, John Woo’s classic Hong Kong action flick Hard Boiled will dazzle fans, showcasing one of the greatest lead stars, Chow Yun-Fat as Inspector Tequila. If you have never had the opportunity to watch this masterpiece, it is essential viewing.
Blu-Ray: the best action film this year, John Wick: Chapter 2, the nerdy, delightful and hilarious The LEGO Batman Movie, Armie Hammer in the thriller Mine and two highly touted foreign films, the later not by me, Frantz and Neruda, which is only on DVD.