LISTEN – THE REEL REPORT WITH RIA RENOUF – FRIDAY, MARCH 4 2016

This week: explosives! Cartoon animals! Embedded journalists!

BOX OFFICE WINNERS AND LOSERS IN NORTH AMERICA:

Still ruling the roost at number one is Deadpool, having made just shy of $300-million worldwide so far, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the anti-hero’s honeymoon with the top spot at the box office is over by Monday – especially when you look at all the movies that are coming out next week. For some bizarre reason, North American moviegoers are choosing to subject themselves to the torture that is Gods of Egypt – that awful movie is in at number two, having made $16-million in its first week out. Now, when you look at the weekly make for Deadpool, it is peanuts. Deadpool made about $75-million dollars just this week, so it’s apples and oranges when you stack up numbers one and two.

Risen, the movie about Jesus’s resurrection is number three; Kung Fu Panda 3 is holding steady at number four, and one of last week’s newest releases – Triple 9 – is number five.

Last week, myself, CKNW reporter Shane Woodford, and our news director, Terry Schintz, were having a discussion about Triple 9. Terry hadn’t heard of it, but saw the trailer and decided to go see it (I opted to see The Witch instead, and you can read my review on that here). Terry told me to save this one for an On Demand/Rental release – he didn’t think it was very good.

OUT IN THEATRES:

There are three major movies out this weekend; I managed to screen two of them.

I didn’t enjoy London Has Fallen after really thinking about it – and you can read about that here. This is the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, the movie that came out at the same time as White House Down with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx back in 2013. In London Has Fallen, U.S. Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (played by Butler) is once again tasked with protecting the President, Benjamin Asher (played by Eckhart) as the duo avoid terrorists who have downed London with complex bombings.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is based on the memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker. Typically funny-lady Tina Fey plays a version of Barker. You can take a look at my review on this film here.

Lastly, Disney’s Zootopia is also out for your viewing pleasure. Featuring the voice talents of Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman, it’s about a fugitive con-artist fox (voiced by Bateman) and a bunny cop (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) banding together to uncover a conspiracy. This movie is getting a LOT of positive feedback, and, on Rotten Tomatoes, has seen at least 75 of its reviews at 100%.

TRAILERS THAT HAVE PEOPLE TALKING:

Did you love or hate the new Ghostbusters trailer? I can’t really decide. The trailer came out on Wednesday, but I can say I’m happy to see Ecto-1 make an appearance!

OUT ON BLURAY, DVD, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD & NETFLIX:

You can catch heavy-hitting critically acclaimed The Danish Girl and Creed. Also – there are a number of 4K Ultra HD Blu Ray releases:

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Life of Pi
  • The Maze Runner
  • Wild
  • Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Fantastic Four
  • Hitman: Agent 47
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials 
  • The Martian
  • Ender’s Game 
  • The Expendables 3
  • Sicario
  • The Last Witch Hunter
  • Hancock
  • Pineapple Express
  • Salt
  • The Smurfs 2
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Chappie
  • The Lego Movie
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • San Andreas
  • Pan 

Next week, we’ve got The Peanuts Movie (one of my favourite cartoons for 2015) and Macbeth. 

My Flashback Friday recommendation is Along Came Polly, which came out back in 2004. That starred Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, and an infamous ferret.

And just a heads-up for all you Netflix lovers: Spy is available to watch – and so is the latest season of House of Cards. 

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