Enjoying one last weekend in the sun, The Fate Of The Furious topped the box office again, making a 50% drop with $19.9 million. How To Be A Latin Lover, a film that didn’t open here, debuted in second with $12.3, as well as another Vancouver no show, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which took $10.4 for third place. The Boss Baby falls down from second to fourth with $9.4 and The Circle opened with a dismal fifth place $9 million, far lower than I’m sure the studio expected from an Emma Watson and Tom Hanks movie.
Just our films open this weekend with a huge one in wide release:
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 – The sequel to my favorite Marvel film ever is finally here. Star-Lord and the gang are back in the continuing story of a group of mercenaries in space who banded together to save the world and no accompany their leader on a journey to find his father. With great writing and direction from James Gunn and a brilliant cast, I expect this to be just as exhilarating and hilarious as the first movie.
The Dinner – Richard Gere stars in the second of his two-week double shot, acting alongside the great talents of Laura Linney, Steve Coogan and Rebecca Hall. It’s really unfortunate that the story couldn’t be more drastic in acting tone and incoherent in storytelling, a really stumble for usually great filmmaker Oren Moverman. Following a dinner held between brothers in law and their spouses, the purpose of the gathering is to decide what action to take when it’s revealed that their kids committed a horrible act on camera. Some interesting subject matter with a frustrating execution.
I, Daniel Blake – A story that coaxed retired director Ken Loach back behind the monitor, this is one of my favorite movies of last year. The story follows an older man in Newcastle who is forced back to work as a carpenter when his employment insurance runs out, all the while his doctor persists that he is not well enough to return. During a confrontation at the social assistance office, he befriends a single mother, struggling to feed, clothe and keep a roof over her two young children. This film is funny in a life-affirming sense while being totally truthful and soul shattering at times. I think this movie is a brilliant piece of cinema and was total won over by it at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent – Master celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain produces and serves as part of the interviewed subjects in this story about a driven chef and restaurateur who really kickstarted the celebrity chef fame. The film follows Tower’s upbringing, including his disdain for his parents, but their rich living fueled his love for high society food and theatrics. He would open a restaurant called Stars in San Francisco on 1984 and create the culinary style known as California cuisine, cementing his name in food history forever. The film is for serious foodies and industry fans and may come off a bit dry to casual viewers.
At The Twilight Drive-In: This batch of movies I call “It’s A Disney Sandwich With Marvel Bread”:
8:45 PM Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
11:00 PM Beauty And The Beast
1:30 PM Doctor Strange
At The Rio Theatre: Arguably one of the greatest standalone science fiction films ever, Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element gets some midnight love at the Rio, starting at 11:55 pm. Witness a film where the main good guy and the main bad guy never actually share a single scene together! It still baffles me to this very day.
Blu-Ray: the controversy “dogged” but ultimately terrible, A Dog’s Purpose, the horrible attempt at franchise rebooting in Rings, Matthew McConaughey’s promising but utterly lackluster Gold, the blink and you missed it DeNiro film, The Comedian and the fascinating and wholly relevant continuation of James Baldwin’s unfinished work in I Am Not Your Negro.