So, I guess the lesson we can take away from this past Halloween weekend is that Tom Hanks isn’t as big of a box office draw as he used to be as Boo! A Madea Halloween took its second week at the top with $17.2 million, while Inferno debuted below that with only $14.9. Jack Reacher: Never GO Back moved down into third with $9.6, The Accountant settled into fourth with $8.5 and Ouija: Origin Of Evil hangs around in fifth with $7.1. Expect a giant shake-up in these numbers this weekend.
We get back to a bit of normalcy this weekend with seven new releases, three in wide:
Doctor Strange – The Marvel train gets going again with this hotly anticipated film that introduces the Sorcerer Supreme into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange. With a fantastic cast, including Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, the film is suffering a bit from that whole “whitewashing” argument that seems to raise it’s ugly head here and there. I’m massively excited for this one as Strange is really my first foray into comic books.
Trolls – Remember those poofy haired naked toys with jewels for bellybuttons that were really popular in the 90s? Well, Fox Animation Studios is really hoping the nostalgia will now bring those kids, who are now parents, into the theaters to show their kids something that was beloved to them. Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick head a pretty likable cast that also includes James Corden and my favorite cuddly comedian, Ron Funches.
Hacksaw Ridge – Hollywood pariah Mel Gibson returns a decade after his last film, Apocalypto, to helm this World War II film about a conscientious objector named Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, who saved seventy-five men from the battlefield, without even touching a weapon. After a bumpy opening, this film really kicks off once the boot camp scenes get going and Mel really kicks ass with all the war scenes. The CG may be a bit dodgy but I thought this was a great one.
Moonlight – After the controversy of “Oscars So White” this year, it should be noted that Moonlight isn’t a light “gimme” entrance into this year’s awards season. I saw this film at VIFF and was an incredible cinematic experience, showing the plight of a poor ghetto kid growing up in Miami. Director Barry Jenkins astounds in this film, one of the must-see films this year.
Gimme Danger – Jim Jarmusch was the only man that could do this band’s story justice, as he is best friends with The Stooges frontman Jim Osterberg, otherwise known as Iggy Pop. A band that never saw any real appreciation until after they had disbanded, this is an incredible and in-depth look into a musical legend that was the starting ground for so much great music, producing two albums that are in my top 100 of all time.
Lavender – The Last Exorcism Part II filmmaker Ed Gass-Donnelly comes back to Canada to produce a little ghost story about the minds ability to erase past trauma. Starring Abbie Cornish and Dermot Mulroney, this film feels like it is all build up and absolutely no payoff. Not scary and anti-climactic, this was one of my duds of VIFF.
Tower – An afternoon of violence change the entire country when a gunman ascended the tower at the University of Texas in 1966, killing fourteen people. Now something that feels tragically common in today’s society, this film takes an interesting documentary approach to telling the story, illustrating the events and interviews in a rotoscoping style. This film is emotional and also a time capsule into the world fifty years ago.
At the Twilight Drive-In: This week’s triple header is a one I call “Come For The Scares, Stay To Waste Your Time”.
7:30 PM Ouija: Origin Of Evil
9:20 PM Kevin Hart: What Now?
At The Rio Theatre: The Rio Grind Festival is playing this Friday but I want to give the spotlight to a film I saw at VIFF, The Girl With All The Gifts. This is a British zombie film that is based on a book of the same name and is a fiercely original take on the genre. It starts at 9 pm and is a can’t miss for any horror fan.
Blu-Ray: the locally filmed Star Trek Beyond, the ensemble comedy, Bad Moms, the continuation of a legendary British comedy series in Absolutely Fabulous The Movie, the true story Nazi assassination plot thriller, Anthropoid and the Daniel Radcliffe undercover film, Imperium.