Setting the record for movie openings in March, Logan sank his claws into first place at the box office with $88.4 million, way ahead of last week’s number one, Get Out, which settled into second with $28.2. Faith-based movie, The Shack, opened in third with $16.2, The LEGO Batman Movie slides into fourth with $11.7 and John Wick: Chapter 2 hangs around in fifth with $4.8 million. Before I Fall earned a hundred thousand less than the Keanu Reeves action film, opening in sixth and Table 19 bombed badly, opening in seventeenth with just over a million and a half.
Just four films open this weekend with only one giant in wide release:
Kong: Skull Island – Legendary Picture starts to fill out their “Destroy All Monsters” universe that started with the Vancouver-filmed Godzilla and now brings another monster icon to the big screen. Indie director Jordan Vogt-Roberts heads up a great cast including Tom Hiddleston, Oscar winner Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson in the return of King Kong to the big screen, bigger than he has ever been before. This movie is an awesome and jaw-dropping thrill ride that is best viewed on the IMAX screen.
The Last Word – After her cute little bit at the Oscars with Charlize Theron, we can now enjoy Shirley MacLaine’s returns in this new comedy-drama opposite Amanda Seyfried. MacLaine plays a career driven businesswoman who, now that she’s retired, decides she’d like to hire a young journalist to write her obituary. The unfortunate thing is no one seems to have anything nice to say about her. Shirley is one of the greats, so I’m sure this will satisfy her fans.
Window Horses – A locally made animated film that won Best Canadian and Best BC film at the Vancouver International Film Festival last year, this is one I missed at the festival and am now kicking myself a bit. This film is infused with so much soul and self-discovery, as it follows a half Chinese, half Iranian who dreams of being a poet. When she wins a trip to Shiraz to perform in a poetry festival, it changes her life in more ways than she could begin to believe.
All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone – An eye-opening documentary for everyone who believes in what they see on CNN or, God forbid, Fox News, Vancouver director Fred Peabody grabs the foundation of the news media and shakes it. From the startings of I.F Stone’s weekly newsletter to set the government straight during the McCarthy era, the film follows current journalists like Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi, The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur and The Intercept founder Jeremy Scahill battle to expose the truth in government lies. A must see for anyone and everyone.
At The Twilight Drive-In: This batch of movies I call “A Whole Lotta Fun In Langley”:
7:30 PM The LEGO Batman Movie
9:25 PM Kong: Skull Island
At The Rio Theatre: This Friday’s midnight screening is reaching far back to 1981 for a cult revenge thriller, Ms. 45. Coming from director Abel Ferrara, responsible for films like Bad Lieutenant, Driller Killer and The King Of New York, the film follows a mute woman who takes the law into her own hands after being sexually assaulted numerous times. Restored in high definition, you’ll want to go check out this piece of early eighties cinema.
Blu-Ray: The Oscar-nominated Disney film, Moana, the Natalie Portman-led and also Oscar-nominated, Jackie, Michael Fassbender’s British trailer park drama, Trespass Against Us, Shia Lebeouf starring in Man Down and Aaron Eckhart in the exorcism thriller, Incarnate.