The Stevil Dead on Movies – October 20th, 2016

It looks like Ben Affleck’s John Wick light film, The Accountant, was enough to bring an audience for a number one weekend, as it took in $24.7. Far behind that was last week’s top film, The Girl On The Train, which took $12.2 and the other new release of last week, Kevin Hart: What Now?, was just behind that with $11.8. Rounding out the top five was Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, taking fourth with $9 million and the Mark Wahlberg true story, Deepwater Horizon, pulling a $6.4 million fifth place.

A bigger slate of movies opens this weekend, including three films in wide release:

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – Love him or hate him, Tom Cruise always brings in the box office, almost based on his sheer dedication to the craft alone. In his new film, Cruise does something that he hasn’t done outside of his Mision Impossible films, make a sequel. I really dug the first film, so I’m looking forward to Cruise seamlessly kicking ass yet again. I’m a total mark for the guy.

Ouija: Origin Of Evil – Another one of three sequels this week, I can safely tell you that the first Ouija movie is a steaming pile of garbage. This film, on the other hand, has some promise as it’s written and directed by Oculus and Hush director Mike Flanagan, a guy that has made a couple of very decent horror flicks and now heads into the Stephen King adaptation, Gerald’s Game for Netflix. Horror fans will have something to watch before Halloween. Rejoice!

Keeping Up With The Joneses – Zach Galifianakis is looking to make up for ruining my night with his crap film, Masterminds, with this new comedy that has a lot of promise. Starring alongside Isla Fisher, Gal Gadot and Don Draper himself, Jon Hamm, this film is about a couple who discover their new neighbors are Mr. and Mrs. Smith style spies. The film comes from former indie darling and current stoner comedy director Greg Mottola, the guy behind Superbad.

Limited:

Boo! A Madea Halloween – It must be cash grab time for billionaire filmmaker Tyler Perry, as he trots out his biggest money maker to date, Madea, for another pay day. I have to admit, the film has really great marketing, parodying a bunch of classic horror posters, but that’s where the charm ends for me. The oddest and most intriguing this about this film is Perry is actually trying to make a horror comedy out of this.

American Pastoral – Beloved actor Ewan McGregor tries his hand behind the camera as well as in front of it in his directorial debut of the Phillip Roth novel from 1997. The film is about a seemingly perfect family in the late 60s who’s relationship is torn apart by their daughter’s political rebellion and with a cast including Jennifer Connolly and Dakota Fanning, this should have been a lot better than it was. The movie is ham-fisted at every turn and really should have remained a book.

It’s Only The End Of The World – With a stellar cast, featuring Gaspard Uliel, Lea Seydoux, Marion Cotillard and Vincent Cassel, and the brilliance of writer and director Xavier Dolan, this film should have been a slam dunk. Unfortunately, this movie is horrible on all levels, basically being about a dysfunctional family yelling at each other in close-ups for an hour and a half. Embarrassing for Canada, this is also our official submission for the Academy Awards, which is just awful.

Mean Dreams – Having just played the Vancouver International Film Festival, it’s a quick turnaround for this Canadian film to get a limited release. A sleepy little farmland thriller, this film has two teenaged lovers facing off against the girl’s overbearing dirty cop of a father, played in villainous fashion by the always great Bill Paxton. This one will get a rise out of people who enjoyed movies like Sam Raimi’s A Simple Plan from the late 90s.

At the Twilight Drive-In: This week’s triple header is a one I call “The Women’s Choice”.

7:30 PM The Girl On The Train

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9:30 PM Bridget Jones’s Baby

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At The Rio Theatre: Now that the Vancouver International Film Festival is over, we now resume our regular screenings at the Rio Theatre, who are getting into the Halloween spirit with a bit of family fun for the midnight screening this weekend. Yes, Christina Ricci and Bill Pullman star in the live-action adaptation of Casper, which also features a cameo from local 90s heartthrob Devon Sawa at the end. Before the evil ghosts of Halloween hit, why not check out a friendly one?

The Stevil Dead on Movies – Vancouver International Film Festival Capsule Blog #10
The Stevil Dead on Movies – Vancouver International Film Festival Capsule Blog #9

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Steve is an avid lover of all things film and enjoys talking about it, as well as comics and more. Steve also joins the DrexLive show every Thursday at 9pm PST on CKNW.com