The top of the box office went exactly as I thought it would, some may say “magnificently”, as Denzel Washington’s The Magnificent Seven took the number one spot with $34.7 million. Storks debuted in second with $21.3, which is a pretty good showing, muscling down Sully to third with $13.5. Bridget Jones’s Baby holds on to fourth place with just $4.7 with Snowden just below it in fifth with $4.1.
Four movies come out in wide release this weekend, with one little Canadian film opening in limited, that also screens at the film festival as well:
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Tim Burton returns after Big Eyes to a type of film that is right up his alley. Adapted from a trilogy of books, it stars Asa Butterfield as a teen who is led to a special boarding house of children stuck in a time loop of war-torn 1943. Eva Green is always fascinating to me but I really wonder who the target market is for this as it is long and a bit dull in spots. Kids won’t be that impressed with this one.
Deepwater Horizon – Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell star in this true story account of a catastrophic disaster on an oil rig in 2010. The exposition and character development is a little been there done that but when the event kicks off this movie becomes pretty engrossing and director Peter Berg directs the hell out of these action packed sequences. The film is impressive when it comes to the special effects.
Masterminds – A film that has been delayed for months, this comedy starring Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson and more finally hits screens. Directed by Napoleon Dynamite filmmaker Jared Hess, this is a quirky one that plays to the tested sensibilities of each of the actors. If you want a dumb comedy without any heavy substance, look no further than this one!
Queen Of Katwe – Disney brings this true story of a young Ugandan girl from the slums who struggled and fought her was you be a chess champion. Lupita N’yongo and David Oyelowo give fantastic performances as well as a great debut from newcomer Madina Nalwanga in the lead role. A truly great film.
Milton’s Secret – A film I have already checked out for Vancouver International Film Festival, this film is an exercise in lackluster Canadian filmmaking. Based on a self-help book, it puts all it’s focus on being inspirational without giving any thought to good storytelling or character building. The movie comes off as frustratingly false and makes you think that an episode of Degrassi Junior High would hold more weight.
At the Twilight Drive-In: This week’s double header is a hold over from last week.
7:30 PM The Magnificent Seven
9:50 PM Don’t Breathe
At The Rio Theatre: This Friday is the first of three midnight screenings for the Vancouver International Film Festival, which you can buy tickets for right now!
Blu-Ray: The Rock teams with Kevin Hart in Central Intelligence, the “so crazy but true” comedy with Zac Efron, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Blake Lively versus a shark in The Shallows, a movie that satisfied the nerd in me, Warcraft, one of my favorite art films this year, The Neon Demon, the Stephen King adaptation, Cell, the Canadian thriller, Edge Of Winter (DVD Only) and a little self-contained infection horror film, Viral (DVD Only).