People were far more interested in what was going on under the sea than aliens returning to destroy the Earth this past weekend as Finding Dory retain the top spot at the box office with $73 million with Independence Day: Resurge debuting in second with $41. Last week’s number two, Central Intelligence, slid down to third with $18.2 and another new release, The Shallows, opened in fourth with $16.8. The Conjuring 2 held onto the fifth spot with $7.7 and Free State Of Jones was just behind that in sixth, opening with $7.6.
Eight movies see release this weekend, four in all theatres:
The BFG – Steven Spielberg returns to the family film genre with a Roald Dahl classic book, Teaming with Melissa Matheson, the screenwriter of E.T. who sadly passed away after this film was completed, Spielberg reminds us again why he is considered one of the greatest directors ever. This film is fun, whimsical and has the best performance so far this year with Mark Rylance. I loved this movie.
The Purge: Election Year – The third movie in The Purge horror franchise, this movie is playing with a very topical subject and one that may have some chilling reality if certain people get elected. This film once again takes place in a future where, for a twelve hour period, all crime is legal in hopes of killing off some of the lower class.
The Legend Of Tarzan – The director of the last few Harry Potter films, Alexander Skarsgard’s ripped physique, Margot Robbie and a villainous Christoph Waltz? These all sound like great ingredients for any film but this is the reboot of Tarzan and one I think looks very intriguing. The first trailer suffers from some dodgy CGI but that was months ago. Surely everything looks up to snuff now, as this will surely be entertaining at least.
Our Kind Of Traitor – John le Carre goes a bit low key in this little thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgard. Ewan plays a university professor that gets in over his head when he befriends a Vory accountant looking to turn himself in to save his family. A good but not great film.
Swiss Army Man – This is the most unconventional movie you will ever see as Paul Dano plays a man stranded on a beach who befriends a dead farting corpse played by Daniel Radcliffe. Think of it as Weekend At Bernie’s for the arthouse crowd. I’ve never seen anything like this movie and it is among my favorites this year.
The Daughter – Sam Neill and Geoffrey Rush star in this Australian adaptation of an Ibsen play. This film is a depressing demonstration of the damaging effects of secrets when used vindictively. If this film doesn’t leave with some heaviness in your emotional soul, well, you are a robot.
De Palma – Like him or hate him, Brian De Palma’s mark on film has surely been felt with films like Carrie, Scarface and The Untouchables. Now directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow sit down with the famed filmmaker for a candid retrospective of his career and this is one film fans won’t want to miss. I love these type of movies.
Mia Madre – Acclaimed Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti resurfaces with his latest, co-starring American actor John Turturro. The film follows a director in the midst of an existential crisis who now must deal with the impending death of her mother.
At the Twilight Drive In: This week’s triple header is one I call “A Whole Evening Of Just Plain Fun”
9:30 PM Finding Dory
11:25 PM Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows
1:20 AM Captain America: Civil War
At The Rio Theatre: This Canada Day Friday is one of musical greatness at The Rio Theatre as two fantastic concert films get screened, all kicking off with Martin Scorcese’s The Last Waltz at 8 pm. Then stick around for the Talking Heads in Stop Making Sense at 10:45 pm. Why not celebrate Canada with some brilliant tunes? Get your tickets now!
Blu-Ray: the third time out with Po the panda in Kung Fu Panda 3, Tina Fey plays a war journalist in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Alan Rickman’s last onscreen performance in Eye In The Sky and Bruce Willis continues to grab lame paychecks in Precious Cargo.