It was another superhero takeover at the box office this weekend but one considerably less than any other this year as X-Men Apocalypse failed to meet expectations, coming in first with $65.3 million. Alice Through The Looking Glass opened in second with $27 while last week’s number one, The Angry Birds Movie, slipped down to third with $18.8. Captain America: Civil War moved down to fourth with $15.4 and fifth spot belonged to Seth Rogen’s Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising with $9.3. There may be another shift in the box office this weekend as the Turtles are coming.
Six movies open this week, three in wide release and one movie gets a limited release on Sunday:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows – I make no secret that I despised the first mess of a film but this one seems to have sparked a little interest in me. The inclusion of a lot of new characters including Casey Jones, Bebop, Rocksteady, Baxter and Krang make me think that this one could have some cool things for the original fans of the cartoon and comic book. That and it features WWE wrestler Sheamus.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping – The Lonely Island guys finally hit the big time with their own movie, produced by Judd Apatow. Andy Samberg plays Connor 4 Real, basically a Justin Bieber parody, who, after releasing a terrible record, must get on top of the music industry once again. I’m definitely looking forward to this one.
Me Before You – Based on a best selling book, this film feature the Khaleesi herself, Emilia Clarke, as a caretaker who falls for the recently paralyzed man she’s taking care of. This will definitely pull in the date crowd but will it be the first theatrical hit for Clarke after last year’s abomination, Terminator Genisys.
Into The Forest – Finally, after I saw it at VIFF way back in October, Canadian director Patricia Rozema’s post fall of man film finally sees release. Starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood, this film was a bit too slow moving with sequences that are far too predictable. Disappointing, given the performances in the movie and the chemistry between the stars.
Tale Of Tales – From the acclaimed director of Gomorrah, this english language debut from Italian director Matteo Garrone is a gorgeous looking adult fairy tale film that is darkly humorous and totally twisted. Salma Hayek and Toby Jones are the total standouts in a film that reminded me of the darker elements in A Princess Bride and Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
Lolo – Julie Delpy writes, directs and stars in this new French comedy about a high society woman who starts a new relationship with a man far outside of her professional circle. Her spoiled son makes it his mission to break the two up by lying and manipulating his way to creating a complete catastrophe. I really liked this one.
The Devil’s Horn (Opens Sunday, June 5th) – This documentary is about the 170 year history of the saxophone and addresses the apparent “curse” the instrument had, being called the most seductive and most feared, forbidden by Nazis and Communists and even banned by the Pope. Drex should really dig this one.
At the Twilight Drive In: This week’s triple header is one I call “Good Things Happen At Midnight”
9:30 PM X-Men Apocalypse
12:00 AM The Nice Guys
2:00 AM Hardcore Henry
At The Rio Theatre: This Friday the Rio takes you back to everything 90s. We’re talking Walkmans, when overalls were fashionable and Nickelodeon put Keenan and Kel on the big screen in Good Burger. The film hits the screen at 11:55 pm, check it out!
Blu-Ray: the horribly whitewashed, Gods Of Egypt, the big cast cops and robbers film, Triple 9, the Jesse Owens biopic, Race, the Jane Austen and zombie mashup, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies and the problem ridden western, Jane Got A Gun.