Audiences were looking for a mystery this weekend above all, as The Girl On The Train nabbed the top spot at the box office with $24.5 million with last week’s number one, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, sliding down to second with $15.1. Deepwater Horizon holds onto the third place with $11.5, The Magnificent Seven falls to fourth with $9 million and Storks hangs in at fifth with $8.3. It’s interesting to note that The Birth Of A Nation fell bellow it’s hopeful soft opening of $10 million, only earning $7. Not good.
Six films open in Vancouver this weekend, two of them in wide release and looking for that number one spot:
The Accountant – Ben Affleck looks to undo some of that Batman v. Superman damage with this crime thriller about an autistic man that cooks the books for shady businesses and is also a lethal assassin as well. The cast assembled around Affleck looks great, including Anna Kendrick, Jeffrey Tambor and Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons but it was the trailer that really sold this one for me, using the Radiohead song “Everything In It’s Right Place”.
Kevin Hart: What Now? – What now indeed, Kevin Hart? This being his third stand-up special made into a theatrical feature film, it really becomes a question of how big of an audience comes out to make these movies popular? This one has a bit of a difference to it, as Hart has a bit of a narrative story in this film, co-starring Halle Berry and Don Cheadle. I don’t mind Kevin Hart but I don’t see the appeal of going to theaters for this.
American Honey – A film I checked out as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival, Fishtank director Andrea Arnold’s new project had so much potential. Casting street kids around Shia Lebeouf, it was compelling at first but drags on for close to three hours coming across as a version of Larry Clark’s 1990s film, Kids, taken on a road trip.
Unless – Catherine Keener stars in this indie drama about a mother trying to figure out how to change her daughter’s decision of dropping out of college to live on the streets. Keener has always been a big favorite of mine and her independent work is usually fantastic and critically lauded.
The Vessel – A tragic tale starring Martin Sheen, this film is about a young man living in a town that was devastated by a tsunami that destroyed a school full of children. He decides to use the materials from the school to make a sculpture to hopefully shake the citizens from their grief.
Violent – From a script written in English then translated to Norweigan, this is an odd sort of existential arthouse drama, that features the music of Vancouver group We Are The City. The film follows a young girl and her interactions with five different people before some unexplained catastrophic even destroys the world.
At the Twilight Drive-In: This week’s triple header is a one I call “Looking For A Nap In Langley”.
7:30 PM Deepwater Horizon
9:30 PM Snowden
At The Rio Theatre: This Friday is the final midnight screening of the Vancouver International Film Festival, which you can buy tickets for right now!
Blu-Ray: the too dumb and too late Independence Day: Resurgence, the awful eyesore, Alice Through The Looking Glass, Woody Allen’s latest, Cafe Society and the John Le Carre adaptation, Our Kind Of Traitor.