The audience was into some good horror this weekend as the !00% fresh Get Out won the box office with a $33.4 million opening, pushing the number one from the last couple of weeks, The LEGO Batman Movie, to a $19.2 second place. John Wick: Chapter 2 is still hanging around in third with $9.4, The Great Wall is trying to hold in the top five, in fourth with $9.1 and Fifty Shades Darker is still inexplicably making money, rounding out the top films with $7.8. There will definitely be a new king this coming weekend.
Six films open this weekend with five of those going out in wide release:
Logan – Hugh Jackman makes his swan song as the comic book character Wolverine in the greatest film to use clawed anti-hero. A dusty and remorseful film set in the not so distant future, this film could possibly be my favorite comic film ever and has award-worthy performances from Jackman and Patrick Stewart. Run, don’t walk to this one!
The Shack – A faith-based film adapted from a popular novel, I got fifteen minutes into this movie when I realized I absolutely hated everything about it. Sam Worthington is truly terrible in a story that constantly panders to its religious audience and alienates everyone else. Good intentions or not, this one is so bad.
Before I Fall – Kind of like a Groundhog Day movie aimed at a tween audience, this movie is another book adaptation this week. Zoey Deutch plays one of the high school mean girls who, after a car accident, finds herself repeating the same day over and over again. The movie was actually made her in B.C. at the British properties.
Table 19 – A delayed ensemble comedy, this film comes from the minds of the Duplass brothers, a couple of indie darlings.Starring Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant and more, the film is about the last table at a wedding party, full of the forgotten people of the bride and groom. A very “meh” movie that cuts down anything good by following with something generic.
Ballerina – An animated French film, this one could have been good if the studio had any faith in its ability to grab the audience in its original form. Instead, the movie was redubbed for North American audiences and comes off like a script stuck in Google translate. At the heart of it is a good message, though.
Bitter Harvest – A film about the Russians massacring millions of Ukrainians between World War I and II, this movie has no idea what type of story it wants to be. Is it a history film? Romance? Straight up action? Who knows, but it really starts to muddle the message and the post script on it may be the most informative part.
At The Twilight Drive-In: This batch of movies I call “My Dream Combination”:
7:30 PM John Wick: Chapter 2
9:40 PM La La Land
At The Rio Theatre: The slightly dark and creepy Jim Henson classic The Dark Crystal gets a chance to grace the screen at the Rio Theatre this Friday at 11:45 pm. Definitely made at a time when family movies were branching out a bit, this is proof that, well, my childhood films were pretty messed up!
Blu-Ray: The best picture winner, Moonlight, the continuation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange, the Brad Pitt World War II spy misfire, Allied, Warren Beatty returns to film in the critically slammed, Rules Don’t Apply and Naomi Watts stars with B.C.’s Jacob Tremblay in Shut In.