Well, as I predicted, we have a new number one at the box office with Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them proving to be more magical than Doctor Strange but it earned far less than it was supposed to, taking $74.4, the good doctor falling behind that with $17.8 million. Trolls landed in third, making an additional $17.4, and my favorite 2016 film Arrival still hanging around in fourth with $12.1. Rounding out the top five was Almost Christmas with $7.3 and the debuts of The Edge of Seventeen, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and Bleed For This all bombed, coming in seventh, fourteenth and eighth respectively.
We have some staggered releasing with the American Thanksgiving weekend upon us and maybe a new number one when all is said and done?:
Moana (Opens Wednesday) – Disney debuts a new princess, this time a Polynesian one in this island adventure film. The Rock takes the vocal reigns of the demigod Maui in this film and even sings, proving that he is capable of anything. A beautiful story with earworm songs from music composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, all the kids will love this movie a lot. My little one is touting this as her favorite and listens to the soundtrack daily.
Bad Santa 2 (Opens Wednesday) – In the year of sequels coming a decade late is Bad Santa 2, a follow-up to a movie I watch every year around this time. Due to the passings of both John Ritter and Bernie Mac, a lot of the charm has been lost and we have Christina Hendricks replacing Lauren Graham this time. Can this film capitalize on nostalgia, something that no other late sequel has done, aside from Finding Dory? We’ll see.
Allied (Opens Wednesday) – This film was prominently in the tabloids with the separation of Brangelina, a relationship between stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard being cited as the reason. The film is a thriller about two secret agents in World War II falling in love with each other. Unfortunately, the film is so glossed over by Hollywood that it’s incredibly hard to take this one seriously. A major let down.
Rules Don’t Apply (Opens Wednesday) – Warren Beatty returns after an over twenty-year absence with this film having with him playing Howard Hughes with a pretty packed cast of older favorites and new stars, including Hail Caesar standout Alden Ehrenreich. I wish I was hearing better things about this one but apparently it’s a total mess.
Manchester By The Sea – It’s finally out for people to watch, the film I think will net a best picture, best actor and best director nomination at the Oscars this year. Casey Affleck is incredible as a damaged man having to return home after the death of his older brother. This film is a very “slice of life” type of story that will hit you like a sledgehammer.
Nocturnal Animals – A Single Man filmmaker and fashion icon Tom Ford returns with this dual storied film starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon. The film is absolutely gorgeous and on one side of the story, is a hyper-real satire on the vapid lives of rich Los Angeles and the other is a tight noir crime mystery. I am totally unsure of the ending that felt a bit off like they missed the landing.
Wait Till Helen Comes – Maria Bello stars in this Canadian feature, a ghost story that has a new family moving into an old house, Things get spooky when the youngest starts communicating with a young spirit inhabiting the house. This also features hard-working Canadian actor Callum Keith Rennie.
At the Twilight Drive-In: This week’s double header is a one I call “Going Out With A Bang Fizzle”.
7:30 PM Arrival
9:40 PM Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
At The Rio Theatre: Are you one of those people salivating, just waiting for the new Vancouver shot Power Rangers movie to come out? Well, those fab folks at the Rio have something to tide you over as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie plays the midnight screening on Friday! Jump into your dino zord and get going!
Blu-Ray: the miscast but interesting true story, War Dogs, the best screenplay this year, Hell Or High Water, one of the best animated films this year, Kubo And The Two Strings, the Roberto Duran biopic, Hands Of Stone and the Werner Herzog internet documentary Lo And Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World (on DVD only).