This week: I’m hunting for a better movie. Can The Huntsman: Winter’s War solve my plight?
BOX OFFICE WINNERS AND LOSERS
Another week of movies, friends! These last seven days have been pretty good for Disney, which has two movies in the two five in North America. The Jungle Book is sitting pretty at number one, pulling in more than $119 million domestically. Zootopia is still in the top five – at number five, mind you, but is now the highest grossing movie to date for 2016. Numbers two, three and four, respectively: Barbershop: The Next Cut, The Boss, and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
OUT IN THEATRES
A handful of movies this week: first up, it’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War starring Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, and Chris Hemsworth. A half prequel, half sequel to Snow White and The Huntsman, I found this one a little disappointing – though I wouldn’t call it the worst movie of the year. Check out my review here. The trailer is below.
Also out this week: A Hologram for the King with Tom Hanks and Ben Whishaw. This movie is about a washed-up, desperate American salesman – played by Hanks – who travels to Saudi Arabia to secure the IT contract for a massive new complex being built in the middle of the desert.
I also had the chance to talk with Nadia Litz, the director of The People Garden. Her film is showing at the Vancity Theatre on April 24th and 25th. For tickets, click here.
TRAILERS THAT HAVE PEOPLE TALKING
Welcome back, Matt Damon. Yesterday a new trailer dropped for Jason Bourne. Here it is!
Also – earlier today, a new trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence.
OUT ON BLURAY, DVD, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD:
Earlier this week we had Fifty Shades of Black, which is, of course, a parody of the Fifty Shades of Grey film.
Next week: Ride Along 2 with Kevin Hart, Krampus – the Christmas horror story, and Son of Saul – the Hungarian film that explores World War 2 through the eyes of a Sonderkommando.
I strongly recommend seeing Son of Saul. It picked up LOTS of accolades, including Best Foreign Language Film (Academy Awards) and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.
FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Strongly recommending PURPLE RAIN, which came out in 1984. This, of course, was Prince’s film debut. Fun fact: it’s the last film to receive the Academy Award for Best Original Musical or Scoring of an Original Musical. Of course – I’m making the recommendation on the news yesterday that the singer died.