With only one new release last week it is an easy assumption to say there wasn’t much change at the box office as Captain America: Civil War retained the number one spot with $72.6 million. The Jungle Book hung on to second place with $17.1 and newcomer Money Monster debuted in third with $14.8. Not released in Canada, The Darkness opened in fourth place with $5 million and Mother’s Day managed to stick around in fifth with $3.3. Will any of this week’s new films be able to knock out Cap? Probably not but never say never.
There are six releases this week including three wide ones:
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising – Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne return in the sequel to their 2014 hit as the pair deal with a sorority that has moved in next door just as they’re trying to sell their house. A sort of rehash of the first movie, I feel like this one will satisfy the people who loved that one, like me.
The Nice Guys – Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang filmmaker Shane Black teams with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling for his new 1970s set action comedy film that’s garnering some great reviews. I love Black’s writing and this is a side of Gosling we haven’t seen before. You won’t want to miss this one.
The Angry Birds Movie – How can you make any kind of decent film from a smart phone app? Well two first time directors did (who I interviewed as well PLUG PLUG PLUG) and they did a pretty decent job of it. A fun movie for the kids with some great comedic voice talent and a grunting Sean Penn.
A Bigger Splash – With fantastic performances from all four major cast members, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Matthais Schoenaerts and Dakota Johnson, this film succeeds at being a intriguingly intimate drama. This is definitely one of my favorites this week.
The Man Who Knew Infinity – With a great cast of British greats, including Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones and Jeremy Northam, Dev Patel leads this film about a young Indian man who earns his way into Cambridge University. There he changes the mathmatical landscape with new ideas and theories. The acting is very solid in the film but the story is a little lacking at times.
Rams – Finally seeing release in Vancouver, this film follows two brothers who are sheep farmers in Norway, estranged for forty years. When a disease plagues all of their sheep, the rift threatens to run even deeper between the two. Another great movie this week.
At the Twilight Drive In: This week’s triple header is one I call “A Delicious Disney Smorgisbord”
9:10 PM The Jungle Book
11:00 PM Captain America: Civil War
1:45 AM Star Wars: The Force Awakens
At The Rio Theatre: A really fantastic two movie punch to end your work week with as you can start it off with the legendary artist Prince’s Purple Rain, which hits screens at 9 pm followed by one of the breatest blockbusters ever, Jurassic Park, as your midnight screening at 11:55 pm. That right, The Rio has your Friday plan!
Blu-Ray: the worst movie I’ve seen this year, Dirty Grandpa, a drama with horror elements that I love, The Witch, Ethan Hawke in the music drama, 10,000 Saints, one of the Best Foreign Oscar nominees, Theeb and the Lance Armstrong bio-pic, The Program.