THE REEL REPORT – JANUARY 20TH, 2017

This week: two bald guys bring the pain to the box office. 

There’s a new King of the Hill this week: The Bye Bye Man, a horror flick which – despite all the terrible reviews, has managed to pull in about $17 million. It did not screen for critics in Vancouver.

OUT IN THEATRES (WIDE RELEASE)

Split 

It’s M. Night Shyamalan’s newest film – and perhaps one of the better ones he’s done in the last while. You can read my review here. Starring James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy, the film is about Kevin (McAvoy), a man who exhibits 23 distinctive personalities. Diagnosed with split personality disorder in his earlier years, Kevin is about to see his 24th personality – “The Beast” – emerge, and the three teens he’s kidnapped are desperate to escape his grasp before said beast emerges.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

This is the third film in the xXx franchise – and Vin Diesel is back as Xander Cage. Also in this film is Donnie Yen – yes, Chirrut Îmwe from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Yen goes from out-of-this-world hero to villain in this latest role, as he and Xander race to obtain possession of “Pandora’s Box,” a powerful weapon able to control military satellites.

NEW TRAILERS

Power Rangers

We went about five steps back with this trailer, which I think looks super hokey – but the trailer is NOT the movie, so I’ll stop myself there. You may remember this film being shot throughout Metro Vancouver last year. This is the most info we have from the movie, which is out March 24th.

Logan

Yes, Wolverine has another trailer to share with us. Logan is out in theatres March 3rd.

OUT ON BLURAY, DVD, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

Earlier this week, we had The Girl on the Train, Keeping Up with the Joneses, and Ouija: Origin of Evil out on Bluray, DVD & digital download. I didn’t enjoy The Girl on the Train – and you can read my two cents by clicking here. 

Next week we have Inferno and The Light Between Oceans. I also didn’t enjoy Inferno, which was actually one of the biggest disappointments for me (as a Robert Langdon/Dan Brown fan) in 2016. You can read my review of Inferno here. The book is – by far – a better choice over the film.

As for my Flashback Friday recommendation: if you’re wanting a movie experience that’s outside the four walls of your home, why not give the Harry Potter stretch at The Rio a try? It starts on Saturday, at 12:00 PM with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and “ends” with Harry potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, on Sunday at 8:20 PM. Check out the schedule by clicking here for more information.

There’s no Reel Report episode this week, and no Close Encounters podcast either, but we’ll be back next week with new episodes for each!

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