It was a bittersweet weekend for Disney as everyone’s favorite blue fish, Dory, took the top spot at the box office again with $50.2. New release The Legend of Tarzan, was just behind it in second with $45.6 and The Purge: Election Year opened behind that in third with $34.8 million. Disney’s other movie, The BFG opened to a depressingly disappointing $22.3 and Independence Day: Resurgence dropped all the way to fifth in its second week with $20.2. There won’t be a massive shake up this weekend as only two movies will hit the North America-wide market this weekend.
We have six movies opening on Friday, including the two wide releases, plus we have a documentary opening on Sunday and a special concert film on Monday night:
The Secret Life Of Pets – For the first time Illumination Entertainment ventures away from the Minions for this family film about what pets do when we leave for the day. Featuring the voices of Louis C.K., Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart, this film looks like it could be fun.
Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates – Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick lead this comedy based on an insane true story. Efron and Devine play two brothers who look for good girls to take to their sister’s wedding but end up finding two very bad ones. This movie actually looks like it could be funny.
Wiener-Dog – From controversial director Todd Solondz comes this film with multiple storylines revolving around the titular canine. One of those stories is a follow up to one of his first films, Welcome To The Dollhouse, with indie darling Greta Gerwig stepping in for Heather Matarrazo. I love this one but if you hate Solondz, you’ll hate this one too.
Eat That Question Frank Zappa In His Own Words – In a year full of unfulfilling music biopics comes this documentary about the legendary Frank Zappa, a man incorrectly regarded as a madman. This film clears up mistruths and educates those who have no idea who this guy was beyond being photographed on a toilet.
Hunt For The Wilderpeople – From acclaimed New Zealand director Taika Waititi comes this film about a foster kid that moves in with a couple living off the land in the bush. Sam Neill stars as the boy’s reluctant foster dad who ends up going on a run through the forest with this new kid, evading the authorities. This movie is incredible on all levels. It’s funny with a heart and soul that can’t be ignored.
Fathers And Daughters – Coming from Pursuit of Happyness filmmaker Gabriele Mucchino, this film tells two stories across two different timelines. Russell Crowe stars as a widower who has to care for his daughter after a mental breakdown. The later story is that daughter at 27, played by Amanda Seyfried, as she forges out on her own. Not great reviews around this one. Caustic may be the best word.
Tickled (Opens Sunday) – There’s no way to describe this film that isn’t weird so I’ll just say it. This movie is about tickling. A journalist discovers that there is a tickling competition and decides to get to the root of everything to do with this new “sport”. This film has been getting rave reviews everywhere.
Motley Crue: The End (Plays Monday) – Everything comes to an end including the run of rock band Motley Crue. This film shows the final concert on their farewell tour and I’m hoping it includes when Tommy Lee’s “drum rollercoaster” broke down. You’ll want to see it if you’re a die-hard Crue fan.
At the Twilight Drive-In: This week’s triple header is one I call “I Should Probably Tell You NOT To See Warcraft (But I Won’t)”
9:20 PM The Secret Life Of Pets
11:10 PM Warcraft
1:15 AM Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
At The Rio Theatre: The Rio has a really great back to back double feature this Friday as Charleton Heston screams at apes in the 1968 original sci-fi Planet Of The Apes. Stick around after that for fun times with Detroit supercop Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop. That sounds like some classic fun in every sense. Go get it!