It looks like everyone wanted to feel some true fear at the movies this past weekend as The Conjuring 2 scared up $40.4 million at the box office for a great opening weekend. Behind was other newcomers. the locally shot Warcraft, which took $24.2 for second place and Now You See Me 2 in third place with $22.4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows tumbled down to fourth with $14.4 and X-Men: Apocalypse hangs desperately onto fifth place with $9.9. This will definitely change this weekend as fans world wide will be going back into the sea with Pixar.
Seven films open this weekend, two in wide release and one limited that gets a special screening at the Rio Theatre on Saturday:
Finding Dory – Thirteen years after the original film, we finally get this highly anticipated sequel that has been talked about for a decade at least. Ellen Degeneres and Albert Brooks both return as Dory regains some of her memories of a family she had long forgotten. She then goes to try and reconnect with them, getting lost in the process. I have nothing but good thoughts towards this one.
Central Intelligence – Kevin Hart continues his campaign to be paired up with just about everyone, this time teaming up with The Rock in this buddy action film. Hart plays a man who reunites with a high school friend through Facebook that happens to be a spy on the run. I like The Rock but Kevin Hart is beginning to grate on the nerves.
Genius – Colin Firth and Jude Law give award worthy performances in this film about Scribner’s editor Max Perkins, who has worked on books for ERnest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. He finds his biggest challenge when he starts working with the wild author Thomas Wolfe. A good character biopic, even if it kind of ignores the rest of the world at that time.
The Steps – Jason Ritter, Emmanuelle Chriqui and James Brolin star in this dysfunctional screwball comedy about the blending of two families. Things become even worse when the parents announce that they’re adopting a seven year old girl from China. Definitely suffers a bit from being a Canadian film but still very enjoyable.
Raiders! The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made – Think you’re a big movie fan? Well these three filmmakers will put you to shame as they started a shot for shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1982 when they were just 12 years old and completed the film over the next seven summers, all except one major shot. This was an inspiring documentary that any film fan must see.
Neon Bull– This drama from Brazil features multiple storylines all stemming from two rodeo workers who go place to place across the country, trying to make a meager living in a pretty poor economy. Th clothing industry seems to hit a fruitful boom and inspires one of the characters to think bigger.
Tempest Storm (Plays Saturday) – British Columbia filmmaker Nimisha Mukerji presents this documentary on Tempest Storm, America’s greatest exotic dancer. She’s had significant relationships with Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy but now, at age 87, she’s trying to reconcile the relationships with a family she left behind. A Q&A will follow the film with Mukerji and Storm in the building.
At the Twilight Drive In: This week’s triple header is one I call “Oh Disney! Ok, stop Disney. Fine, We’re Cool, Disney.”
9:45 PM Finding Dory
11:45 PM Alice Through The Looking Glass
1:45 AM The Jungle Book
At The Rio Theatre: If you’re looking for a way to spice up your Friday night with some sick and twisted fetish stuff, David Cronenberg’s Crash is getting the Midnight Screening treatment at The Rio Theatre. James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas and Deborah Kara Unger all feeling a little sexy after car crashes. That’s not weird, right?
Blu-Ray: the dumb and violent action film London Has Fallen, the brilliant mystery thriller, 10 Cloverfield Lane, the inspirational true story of Eddie The Eagle, the Bible film, The Young Messiah, Sally Field in the adorable Hello, My Name Is Doris, the Oscar nominated 45 Years, Anna Kendrick and Miles Teller in the comedy, Get A Job, Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson’s thriller Regression and Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut, The Legend of Barney Thomson (only on DVD).