Katniss Everdeen ended her series The Hunger Games this past weekend and took the top spot at the Box Office, as expected, with a BIG $102.7 million, first movie to gross over $100 since Minions in July. Spectre occupies second with a far less $15 and The Peanuts Movie just behind it in third with $13.2. The other new releases, The Night Before and Secret in Their Eyes debuted in fourth and fifth with $9.9 and $6.7 each.
This weekend starts early for us in Canada, because of American Thanksgiving, and the big releases of the week are out on Wednesday night:
The Good Dinosaur – Pixar brings their second feature of the year with this LAnd Before Time meets caveman film that is sure to charm audiences and take a second place behind Hunger Games. Not as well reviewed as Inside Out, this is still your family bet this weekend.
Creed – The Rocky Balboa sees the rejuvenation from a new generation in this spin off of the classic Philadelphia boxer’s franchise. Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis Creed, the illegitimate son of fallen World Champion Apollo Creed, who convinces Rocky to train him to go for the title. An incredible must see film that may be the most entertaining film of the year.
Victor Frankenstein – James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in this retelling of the Mary Shelley created mad scientist. The film shows how Frankenstein and his assistant met and continued his life’s work. Unfortunately the film is just atrocious, lacking to find a foothold in anything interesting and is completely dulled down by it’s PG restraints.
James White – Definitely one of the top human dramas this year and featuring the deepest performance of the year, James White is a movie that will emotionally shake you. I saw this film at VIFF this year and was totally astounded by it. Indie fans are going to love this one.
Trumbo – Bryan Cranston tries to make his move towards an Oscar with this bio-pic about a writer who is blacklisted as a Communist but continues to write the biggest Hollywood hits of the time under a false name. Cranston is said to be great but critics are not satisfied with the film around it.
The Stanford Prison Experiment – Based on the real life experiment that inspired the brilliant German film Das Experiment, this film goes deep into Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s controversial experiment in great detail. A fantastic young cast anchored by a brilliant Billy Crudup, who makes you wonder why he doesn’t have more leading roles. A great film.
At the Twilight Drive-In: This week features a group of films I call “A Great Night Out”:
7:30 PM The Peanuts Movie
9:10 PM The Martian
At the Rio Theatre:The Rio presents another screening of the popular Rocky Horror Picture Show, this time it’s Adults Only 19+. Make sure you grab tickets before it sells out!