Beast is the key word in last weekend’s box office as Beauty And The Beast destroyed all other competition taking in a massive $170 million for first place, Kong: Skull Island trailing far behind that in second with $29.8. Logan pulled in another $17.5 and Get Out is still performing with a $13.2 million fourth place. Rounding out the top five was The Shack, which hangs around with $6.1. It’s probably safe to say that Beauty And The Beast will reign supreme until the Fate Of The Furious hits theaters.in a couple weeks.
Seven films open this weekend with three of those are in wide release:
Power Rangers – The Saturday morning favorite, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, gets a complete reboot and the advance word says that it’s a fun film that actually works to set up a franchise and skips the cheesiness that is usually associated with it. As a kid that enjoyed the series way back when, this all sounds very promising.
Life – Incredibly likable actors Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this space thriller about the discovery of a malevolent life form during an expedition. The film is directed by Safe House filmmaker Daniel Espinosa and reteams Reynolds with his Deadpool writers. This one looking interesting.
CHIPS – Speaking of television reboots, Dax Shephard pulls triple duty in adapting the 80s series CHIPs, writing directing and starring in the big screen version. I have a soft spot in my heart for Dax and I absolutely love his co-star in the film, Michael Pena. I also must mention that Dax’s wife Kristen Bell has a small part in the movie and there’s actually a pretty funny video online about the “audition”.
Wilson – Finally, we get another adaptation of a great author’s work, Daniel Clowes. Known for Ghost World and Art School Confidential, he, along with Skeleton Twins director Craig Johnson, brings a character with a sweet heart but absolutely no filter, in the form of Wilson, played by Woody Harrelson. A lot of people won’t get this one but I thought it was hilarious.
T2 Trainspotting – The entire cast of Trainspotting is back twenty-one years after the original film in a late sequel that, not only works but uses the past to fuel a brand new story. It’s so great to see Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie and it’s obvious how much director Danny Boyle loves these characters too. It’s so great to see a sequel on par with the original one.
Personal Shopper – A movie that I checked out at VIFF, this reteams star Kristen Stewart with director Olivier Assayas, who’s last movie got her the prestigious Caesar award. This one is a bit different but the subtlety is all there as Stewart plays a personal assistant who works a side gig as a clairvoyant. This one is a great film and hopefully will open the eyes of Kristen Stewart haters.
After The Storm – A writer and director that should be far more famous than he is, Hirokazu Koreeda has become one of my favorite filmmakers. After last year’s Our Little Sister, he returns again with another quiet drama, this time about a father that tries to regain his family after the death of his own father. I loved this movie a lot.
At The Twilight Drive-In: This batch of movies I call “We Can’t Figure Out A New Line Up So Here’s This Again”:
7:30 PM The LEGO Batman Movie
9:25 PM Kong: Skull Island
At The Rio Theatre: Why not spend all day at The Rio as it’s quite the four movie smorgasbord. Starting at 4:15 pm, the Academy Award nominated The Red Turtle hits the screen, followed by a film largely considered to be one of the greatest ever, The Shawshank Redemption at 6:15 pm. Following that cinema dinner, get some dessert with a really oddball foreign film, The Lure, at 9:20 pm and then finish it all off at 11:55 pm with The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Hot damn, that’s a great day of movies.
Blu-Ray: The song filled but story light animated film, Sing, the terrible video game adaptation, Assassin’s Creed, Ben Affleck’s first directorial mistake, Live By Night, the gun lobbyist drama, Miss Sloane and the new film from acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar, Julieta.