The Stevil Dead on Movies – September 1st, 2016

Audiences were looking to be scared this past weekend as Suicide Squad was knocked from the top spot by the terrifying film Don’t Breathe, which earned $26.4 while the former number one slid down to second with $12.2. Kubo and the Two Strings sticks around in third with a low $7.8 and just behind that, tied for fourth, was Sausage Party and the debuting Mechanic: Resurrection with $7.5. In the fifth spot was Pete’s Dragon, making a hundred thousand less with $7.4. Funny enough, five films landed within the $7 million mark over the weekend in a very low scoring box office.

There probably won’t be much change in those box office numbers as there are only two films opening in wide release, neither of them will even make a ripple in the pool. There are also four in limited release:

The Light Between Oceans – Get out your tissues because stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, a real-life couple who met on this film’s set, lead this heartbreaking film about love and loss. This comes from filmmaker Derek Cianfrance, the man behind the films Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond The Pines, two fantastic movies. I have hight hopes but this might be a bit of a dull affair.

Morgan – Kate Mara and The Witch’s Anya Taylor-Joy star in this sci-fi thriller about a bio-engineered human project that goes awry, escapes and starts offing people in the facility she’s housed. The film was produced by Ridley Scott and looks pretty cool in my opinion.

Limited:

The 9th Life Of Louis Drax – One of my favorite horror directors, France’s Alexandre Aja, takes a shot at a mystery with this film about a young boy who can access other worlds after a near fatal fall. Filmed in Vancouver, the film features Fifty Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan and Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul.

A Tale Of Love And Darkness – Natalie Portman makes her directorial debut and also writes and stars in this film about a mother and son during the early years of the State of Israel. The film has some gorgeous cinematography and is obviously a very special story to Portman but seems a bit of a self-indulgent project for her and didn’t really have a lot of substance for me.

Neither Heaven Nor Earth – This French film has a bit of buzz behind it. The story is about a platoon of French soldiers on a mission in Afghanistan when the men start to vanish without explanation one by one. This movie looks incredibly intriguing and doesn’t have a lot of North American press behind it.

Up For Love – The Artist Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin stars in this comedy about a man who finds a woman’s phone and decides to ask her out for dinner on a whim. Very flighty with the French comedy sensibilities, this film will only appeal to a small demographic of filmgoers.

At the Twilight Drive-In: This week’s triple header is one I call “It’s All Worth It For Kubo”
8:15 PM Kubo And The Two Strings
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10:15 PM Suicide Squad
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12:30 AM War Dogs
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At The Rio Theatre: This Friday there’s a massively interesting trio of films at the Rio that have an interest for a whole array of tastes. Screening at 7:15pm is the animated classic The Secret of NIMH, followed by the Ridley Scott fantasy film Legend at 9:15pm and then the midnight showing of the David Fincher masterpiece Fight Club at 11:30pm. Just buy all your tickets now because your Friday night is all set up!

Blu-Ray: the live action but still kind of animated The Jungle Book, the romantic film featuring the Khaleesi herself, Emilia Clarke, Me Before You and one of my favorite movies from VIFF last year, A Perfect Day.

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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