Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 easily defeated all newcomers this weekend and took the number one spot at the box office with $65.3, with Snatched doing the best in its first weekend behind it, taking $19.5 and King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword bombed in third with $15.4. Clinging to the top five in fourth and fifth respectively are blockbuster films The Fate Of The Furious and Beauty and The Beast still continuing to earn with $5.4 and $4.8.
Six films open this weekend with a three in wide release, including a sci-fi looking to unseat the top sci-fi at the box office and one of the three limited films opens on Saturday:
Alien: Covenant – Ridley Scott attempts to right his sinking ship of an Alien prequel trilogy with a film that looks to try and get back to the tone and creatures which made the original so great. A really gorgeous looking film, the story is too filled with plotholes and dumb logic gaffs to hold the film together and, worst of all, it isn’t scary! The bar was set low with me after Prometheus, the previous film, but this one feels as satisfying in the end as a McDonald’s cheeseburger.
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – I feel old now that original poster girl for Steve Alicia Silverstone is now playing a mom in a kid’s movie. Beyond that, this is a sequel slash reboot of the family franchise Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, based on a very popular series of books. This being the fourth movie in that series, the original actors have now outgrown the roles, as it started in 2010 and the last entry was five years ago.
Everything, Everything – It’s the classic story of guy falls for girl but girl can’t go outside because she’s allergic to the world. Another weepy tween drama hits the screen and no, it’s not a Nicholas Sparks adaptation but it does have Jurassic World and King Of Summer’s Nick Robinson.
Certain Women – Finally getting its Canadian premiere at the Cinematheque, this is the latest film from acclaimed filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, who astounded me with her films Wendy And Lucy and Meek’s Cutoff, both starring Michelle Williams, who again takes one of the roles in this one. The film follows three separate stories about three women, the other two played by Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart.
The Lovers – Coming from indie filmmaker Azazel Jacobs, director of Terri with John C. Reilly a few years back, this is a quirky story of a long married but miserable couple long into adulterous affairs who rekindle their relationship on the brink of divorce. Featuring Debra Winger and character actor Tracey Letts, this is a very talk-heavy film.
The Transfiguration (Opens Saturday) – A film that went from a talked about indie feature to an official Cannes selection, writer and director Michael O’Shea bring an interesting story of two lost souls finding each other within their own fantasy worlds. I love little films that blindside us, many of them becoming woven into your all times favorites list.
At The Twilight Drive-In: This batch of movies I call “It’s A Disney Sandwich With Marvel Bread”:
9:00 PM Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
11:30 PM The Fate Of The Furious
1:45 PM XXX: Return Of Xander Cage
At The Rio Theatre: A great couple of films play Friday night as the Nacho Vigolando film Colossal gets a screening, starting at 9:30 pm. After that, on the Friday before the premiere of Twin Peaks season three, the polarizing film prequel and sequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me plays at 11:55 pm. Get on the hype train everyone, it’s all happening again.
Blu-Ray: Vin Diesel resurrects one of his action characters in XXX: Return Of Xander Cage, Milla Jovovich puts an end to her action horror series in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, a terribly stupid sci-fi tale masks a sappy tween romance in The Space Between Us, Jamie Foxx stars in the forgettable Sleepless and the fantastic European Oscar-nominated film A Man Called Ove.