Marvel and Disney’ gang of a-holes that made out like bandits at the box office this past weekend as Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 absolutely killed at the box office with $145 million dollars. Way, way, way behind that in second was the former champion, Fate Of The Furious, earning $8.5 and, surprisingly, The Boss Baby is still hanging in there in third with $6.2. Rounding out the top five is How To Be A Latin Lover, still not available in Vancouver, with $5.3 and Beauty And The Beast had $4.9 million. It’s a guarantee that the crown will remain safe of the heads of the Guardians this weekend, so it will really be a battle for second place.
Five films open this weekend with a two in wide release and some really interesting limited ones:
King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword – One of my favorite directors Guy Ritchie helms a retelling of the King Arthur story with Sons Of Anarchy star Charle Hunnam in the lead role. Unfortunately, this is unlike any telling you’ve ever seen before and that’s for the absolute worst. In a confusing decision of style over anything else, this film is confused in it’s pacing with bizarre changes to the origins of Arthur and a really frustrating story structure. This one was a complete waste of potential.
Snatched – Amy Schumer returns for her second big screen feature, riding the success of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck. In a raunchy mother-daughter comedy about two Americans kidnapped while on vacation in Equador, Schumer stars alongside legendary comedic actress and Steve’s childhood crush, Goldie Hawn, who hasn’t been in a film since 2002’s Banger Sisters. The film will make fans of Amy Schumer happy but won’t do anything to turn her detractors at all. A so-so film that doesn’t overstay it’s welcome.
The Wall – Edge Of Tomorrow director Doug Liman brings this self-contained military thriller about two marines pinned down by an unseen sniper. The film stars Kick-Ass himself Aaron Taylor-Johnson and WWE Superstar John Cena and looks pretty decent judging by the trailers. I also have to say I’m enjoying Cena onscreen these days.
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 – The sequel to one of my favorite Canadian films ever, this film reunites Colm Feore and Patrick Huard as anglophone and francophone detectives, this time looking to take down an Italian mobster. I want to believe in this film wholeheartedly but the fact that original director Erik Canuel isn’t involved with it makes me trepidatious. That being said, it’s always good to support our Canadian cinema.
The Belko Experiment – From a script created by the brilliant mind of Jame “Guardians Of The Galaxy” Gunn, this film is basically if The Purge mixed with Office Space. Featuring an interesting cast including John C. McGinley and 10 Cloverfield Lane’s John Gallagher Jr., this is also another plum role for Gunn’s brother Sean, just after he stole some scenes in Guardians. Fans of comedy horror are going to want to check this one out.
At The Twilight Drive-In: This batch of movies I call “It’s A Mix-Up Of Last Week But The Lesser Film First”:
8:50 PM Beauty And The Beast
11:15 PM Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
1:30 PM Doctor Strange
At The Rio Theatre: A great way to celebrate one of the greatest thrillers of all time and the work of the late filmmaker Johnathan Demme, The Silence Of The Lambs gets a late showing at the beautiful Rio, kicking off at 11 pm. Witness the cat and mouse game between Special Agent Clarice Starling and convicted cannibal Hannibal Lector as she tries to track a serial killer named Buffalo Bill. I can hear “Goodbye Horses” playing now…
Blu-Ray: the high grossing but low on everything else but nudity and sex, Fifty Shades Darker, Adam Driver as a quiet poetic bus driver in Paterson and my favorite actress of last year, Isabelle Huppert in Things To Come.