Weekend Box Office: October 20, 2017

Happy Death Day is killing it at the box office, but this weekend Madea is poised to squash the competition.

Aida’s Secrets is about the difficult reunion of two brothers when one reconnects with his biological family.

A Silent Voice: The Movie
A Silent Voice: The Movie is an animated Japanese film about bulying.

BPM (Beats Per Minute) is a french drama about the France arm of ACT Up. The film is set in the 1990s.

Dealt is a documentary about Richard Turner, a card magician.

Golmaal Again stars Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn.

Heal is a documentary about self-healing bodies.

Insidious: The Last Key is the fourth installment of the insufferable Insidious franchise.

Jane is a documentary about Jane Goodall.

Jungle stars Daniel Radcliffe as an obnoxious tourist who gets lost in the Amazon. Based on Yossi Ghinsberg’s true story of survival.

Killing Gunther is a comedy from Taran Killam; Arnold Schwarzeneger is the world’s best hitman, who is marked but indestructable.

Kills On Wheels is a Hungarian dark comedy about two teenage boys who break out of their humdrum existence when they become hitmen.

Leatherface is a horror film about the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Assailant when he was a teenager.

Never Here is a psychological horror film about a photographer who follows strangers (for art) and soon realizes she is being followed. Starring Mireille Enos and Sam Shepard.

Only The Brave is a drama about the Granite Mountain Hot Shots. 19 members of the group died in 2013 battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.

RV: Resurrected Victims is a South Korean thriller about murder victims who rise from the dead to avenge their deaths!

Tempestad is a Mexican film about women on a journey following loss, pain, and government corruption.

The Bachelors stars stars J. K. Simmons, Julie Delpy, Josh Wiggins, and Odeya Rush.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a psychological horror film from Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster). It stars Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, and shit will probably get weird.

The Snowman is based on the hit thriller by Jo Nesbø and stars Michael Fassbender as a detective looking for a serial killer who incases his victims (WOMEN, ALWAYS WOMEN) in snow.

The Strange Ones stars Alex Pettyfer. Two strangers discover dark secrets on vacation.

The War With Grandpa stars Robert DeNiro as an old man who takes a kid’s bedroom. Based on a youth novel. Trailer unavailable at press time.

Tragedy Girls is a Weinstein Media release about two unpopular girls who go on a killing spree to build their blog and social media presence.

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween stars Tyler Perry as Madea, and she’s not taking your horror movie shit, that’s for sure.

Where’s The Money stars Andrew Bachelor, Kat Graham, Logan Paul, Terry Crews, Mike Epps, Method Man, and Josh Brener. A man rushes a fraternity to obtain the money hidden in its walls. There’s always money in the frat house!

Wonderstruck stars Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore, and is based on the 2011 illustrated by Brian Selznick. Selznick wrote the screenplay for the film, which is directed by Todd Haynes (Carol). The film follows two runaways in New York, one in 1977 and one ins 1927. My heart is broken already.

Weekend Box Office: October 13, 2017

breathOh my. I returned and then promptly dropped the ball. Here are this week’s releases plus trailers for the movies that were missed.


6 Below: Miracle On The Mountain stars Josh Hartnett as a professional hockey player who goes snowboarding to Find Himself and ends up stranded in an avalanche. One assumes this film is served with a side of Jesus and “based on a true story.” DVD release for November 14!

78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene is a documentary about how The Shower Scene in Psycho impacted the film industry.

American Satan is a drama? film about an English-American band who makes a deal with the devil for their survival on the Sunset Strip. Denise Richards, Booboo Stewart, and Malcolm McDowell star. I like how they made Andy Biersack look like a young Billy Martin.

Bad Blood: The Movie is a horror movie about a woman who is mutated by a frog and destroys her…town? when she becomes one as well?

Deliver Us is a documentary about the possessed!

For Ahkeem is a documentary about a teenage girl, Daje Shelton, and her life in north St. Louis, one year before the death of Michael Brown.

Gnome Alone is an animated film about a girl who moves into a house occupied by gnomes. With voices from Becky G, Josh Peck, Olivia Holt, George Lopez, Patrick Stump, and David Koechner.

Happy Death Day is this week’s big horror release. A teenage girl wakes up on her birthday and is murdered. Like Groundhog Day, the horror resets each day.

How To Break Up With Your Douchebag is a Spanish comedy about a therapist who specializes in helping women break up with their partners…only to fall in love with a jerk.

Marshall is a biopic about Thurgood Marshall. Starring Chadwick Boseman, the film looks at Marshall’s early cases (defending a young, Black boy—whose parents are played by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin’s parents), before he became the country’s first Black Supreme Court Justice.

Professor Marston & The Wonder Women is the dramatic re-telling of the invention and influences of the Wonder Woman comics. Starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, and Connie Britton.

Swing Away stars Shannon Elizabeth as a professional golfer who escapes to Greece following a break down and subsequently mentors a young girl.

The Foreigner stars Jackie Chan as a humble businessman who hunts down the men who killed his daughter (because he couldn’t get justice!) He is pursued by The Man, played by Pierce Brosnan. It looks like a less infuriating Taken.

The Secret Scripture stars Rooney Mara and Vanessa Redgrave as a woman who has been indefinitiely hospitalized. Directed by Jim Sheridan and based on the novel of the same name.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri stars Frances McDormand as a woman who pays for billboard on the edge of her small town to condemn an ineffective police following the death of her daughter.

Tom of Finland is a biopic about Touko Valio Laaksonen, an artist whose homoerotic illustrations garnered international fame.


American Made


Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House

Super Dark Times

Take Every Wave: the Life of Laird Hamilton


‘Til Death Do Us Part

A Question Of Faith

Don’t Sleep

The Pathological Optimist — NO.

The Sound

Judwaa 2

Literally, Right Before Aaron

Pearl Jam: Let’s Play Two


Chasing The Dragon

Never Say Die


Te Ata

The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Friend Request

Victoria & Abdul



Battle of the Sexes

Bobbi Jene


Loving Vincent

Big Bear


The Tiger Hunter

The Last Rampage

The King’s Choice

Welcome to Willits

Happy Hunting

The Houses October Built 2


Tag Along 2

Weekend Box Office September 15, 2017

Welcome back to Screen Scholars’ trailer-round up, yee-haw! Last week’s big winner was It, which…I don’t know, is that really so surprising? Luckily for those of us less inclined to face our fears, there’s plenty to see this weekend, too.

American Assassin stars MTV’s Teen Wolf‘s Dylan O’Brien as a cute guy with a gun and a shaggy haircut. Oh, and Taylor Kitsch, Michael Keaton, and Sanaa Lathan are in this action film too. O’Brien is a young man who has “lost everything” and self-trains to defeat terrorism worldwide. Uh, sure, dude.

mother! is Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, starring Javier Bardem, Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Ed Harris. Aronofsky doesn’t want you to know what it’s about (how hard it is to be an artist), but it looks a lot like a cheap Rosemary’s Baby, right?

Brad’s Status is yet another drama where Ben Stiller is an insufferable moron because of his lingering feelings of inadequacy. You don’t have to keep making these movies, man.

Rat is purportedly a documentary about “Baltimore’s social history,” but how can you even tell from this pretentious trailer? I mean, yes, that’s Baltimore in the b-roll. And yes, the maritime city has rats, but I could go for less of them in my truth-telling cinema.

Because Of Grácia is this week’s poorly-made, ham-fisted, Christian film. It has a subplot with a pregnant teen thinking about abortion! She definitely won’t get one.

Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards is a documentary about Manolo Blahnik.

Carpinteros is a film about inmates in the Dominican Republic. Julián inadvertently falls in love with Yanelly, who he is supposed to be sending messages to, via a form of sign language, for her violent boyfriend. This is the Dominican Republic’s entry for the Oscars.

In Search Of Fellini is the story of a young, sheltered woman who travels to Italy as a result of her love for Fellini. (Can’t hate that.) Then things get a little…French as she falls in love.

Simran stars Kangana Ranaut as a housekeeper who gets sucked into the world of crime.

The Wilde Wedding is a romantic comedy starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Patrick Stewart, and Minnie Driver. Chaos ensues when an actress invites her ex-husband to her wedding.

The Force is a documentary about the Oakland Police Department.

Lucknow Central is an Indian jail musical!

Vengeance: A Love Story stars Nicholas Cage in an adaptation of a Joyce Carol Oates story (this will not be Smooth Talk). Cage vows vengeance when a single mother is brutally assaulted in front of her young daughter.

Red Trees is a documentary about a man’s survival in the Holocaust.

Wetlands is a New Jersey crime thriller starring tarring Heather Graham, Jennifer Ehle, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Your Weekend Box Office, September 8, 2017

Welcome back to Screen Scholars! We never forgot about you, we’ve just been really busy. One of us spent the last several months wondering if she’d have to live in a box on the side of the road in Kings County. (Me. I wondered that.) And while we remain tremendously busy, just tremendously tied up with the obligations of the world that exists outside the television and film.

Welcome to fall. Here are your weekend films.

Home Again stars Reese Witherspoon in a film she’s too good for as a recently divorced mother of two who takes in three boarders in her childhood home. Glad now that Liz Lemon didn’t marry Michael Sheen.

IT stars Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise in this completely unnecessary remake (fine, the last one was a miniseries) of Stephen King’s novel. It’s getting good reviews!

9/11 is a drama starring a bunch of assholes in an elevtor in a film that shouldn’t have been made in the first place. Fuck this.

Napping Princess is an animated film about a girl who uses her dreams to solve a family mystery.

Poster Boys is a comedy about three men who face wacky hijinks when their faces are used to advertise sterilization.

Rebel in the Rye stars Nicholas Hoult (and Kevin Spacey, great) as a man who pensively walks around in the woods because he’s written Catcher In the Rye and teen boys LOVE it.

School Life is a documentary about two teachers at a boarding school in Ireland.

Trophy is a documentary about hunting. It’s supposed to be really good! It will be a bummer, and I’m sure Leonardo DiCaprio will be tied to its success.

Twenty Two is a documentary about the last surviving Chinese “comfort women,” women who were abducted into imprisonment for the pleasure of Japanese soldiers.

Year by the Sea, based on a memoir of the same name, is about a pretty wealthy woman who Finds Herself in Cape Cod when she separates from her dumb husband.

Weekend Box Office: Friday, March 3, 2017

Get Out was last weekend’s big box office winner with $4.12 million. It damn well should. Get Out is a horror film about race issues and rated R. Hollywood, now’s a good time to recognize audiences beyond young, white men.

Donald Cried is a comedy about a man who encounters his childhood best friend and finds himself on an adventure after one good turn.

Catfight stars Anne Heche and Sandra Oh as two former friends who let themselves fall into an all-out brawl when they cross paths at a glitzy party and find their fortunes swapped as a result. Also available VOD.

Headshot is an action film about a man who washes ashore with no memory and a head injury. He eventually remembers and continues his path of violent revenge.

Before I Fall is a drama based on the popular teen book. A stuck up teen is forced to relive the last day of her life, Groundhog Day style, to figure up where everything went wrong.

Wolves is a drama about a teenager struggling to cope with the stresses of life. While he is being recruited by Cornell his father (Michael Shannon) gambles away his college fund and his family’s money. Also available on VOD.

The Freedom to Marry is a documentary about the fight for marriage equality.

My Scientology Movie is a comedy written by and starring Louis Theroux. When Scientology would let him make a documentary, he hires actors to reenact key moments of the religion’s history. He is aided by Mark Rathburn.

Lavender stars Abbie Cornish as a photographer whose work reveals that she may have murdered family members she didn’t even know she had!

The Women’s Balcony is a comedy about “a group of women struggle to reunite their community and preserve their traditions in the face of a charismatic rabbi who enters their lives and captivate the men.”

Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai is about a “Bollywood with universal issues.”

Commando 2 is an Indian action film. It is the sequel to 2013’s Commando.

Junction 48 is a drama about a man who finds purpose when he arises toward fame as the “first” Arabic rapper.

Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter is a documentary about the burlesque new wave.

Love & Taxes is a pro-tax comedy about a monologist’s success in life after he does his taxes.

Logan is the latest installment in the Wolverine movies. Hugh Jackman stars.

The Shack is a drama starring Octavia Spencer, for reasons I simply can not fathom. Maybe because it’s hard to get roles as a person of color even after you win a damn Oscar.

A year after its initial release, Table 19 is again hitting theaters.