The Stevil Dead On Movies – July 28th, 2016

The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise came out on top this weekend but probably not as much as they wanted to as Star Trek Beyond earned $59.3 this past weekend. The Secret Life of Pets dropped down to second place with $29.6 and the new horror film Lights Out just behind that with a surprising $21.7. Ice Age: Collision Course crashed and burned in fourth with $21.4 and Ghostbusters slides all the way down to fifth place with $21 million.

This week has six new releases, three in wide and one of those is already playing:

Nerve (starts Wednesday) – With a perfectly timed release with the popularity of Pokemon Go, this film is about a smartphone app that prompts users to complete outrageous dares for money. As the money goes up the dares get more and more illegal and dangerous, forcing our leads, Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, into impossible situations. A cool concept that falls apart in the third act.

Jason Bourne – Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass return to the very lucrative Bourne saga for another kick at the can. This movie features Bourne digging further into his past so that he can move on with his future. I’m thinking that if you enjoyed the first four films, you’ll be digging this one.

Bad Moms – Mila Kunis leads this lady led film about a few suburban moms, including Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, who have become fed up with the constant strain on their lives trying to be the perfect moms. Together they team up to take down an overbearing parent council president played by Christina Applegate.


Cafe Society – Jesse Eisenberg plays a young man sent by parents to live with his uncle in 1930s Hollywood. A big cast in this one, written and directed by Woody Allen, which features Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell and Blake Lively. This one is getting pretty good reviews no matter what you think about Allen personally.

Phantom Boy – This French animated film is a simple looking film with a deep heart. It follows a terminally ill young boy who can project his spirit outside his body, which he uses to help a wheelchair-bound detective bring down a criminal that is holding the city of New York hostage. Definitely a Hitchcock Rear Window vibe in an otherwise beautiful fantasy film.

Cosmos – Coming from director Andrzej Zulawski, who passed away in February, this is an unsettling drama about two people at an existential crossroad in their lives. When disturbing omens present themselves at their family getaway, it leads the characters into odd choices they otherwise wouldn’t have made.

At the Twilight Drive-In: This week’s triple header is one I call “Two Nerd Films And Blake Lively”

9:10 PM Ghostbusters


11:30 PM Star Trek Beyond


1:40 AM The Shallows


At The Rio Theatre: This Friday the Rio Theatre has a really great triple header of films, starting at 5 pm with the New Zealand film Hunt For The Wilderpeople, one of my surprise favorites this year. After that, at 7:30 pm, is the film documentary DePalma, a must see for any movie buff. Capping that off is a screening of Brian DePalma’s audience favorite Scarface, one I checked out a couple weekends ago at Vancity Theatre. A must see on the big screen!

Blu-Ray: the Melissa McCarthy flop, The Boss, the completely unnecessary sequel, Barbershop: The Next Cut, the lame Kevin Costner film Criminal and Ethan Hawke in the Chet Baker biopic, Born To Be Blue (DVD only).

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