Weekend Box Office, June 24, 2016

This post was written too far in advance to provide box office numbers. Think of me, toiling through an airport while you Bing “weekend box office winner was it Disney probably.” This weekend’s big winner will almost certainly be the sequel to 1996’s Independence Day, a celebration of the time we fought the aliens, for America. Welcome to Earf!

Vigilante Diaries is an ensemble action film about a team of black-ops agents.

The Kind Words is about three brothers seeking the secrets of their late mother. One assumes they are not taking a train journey.

The Duel stars Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson. Hemsworth is a Texas Ranger investigating a series of unexplained deaths in the old west.

Independence Day: Resurgence is the sequel to Independence Day. It will make a lot of money this weekend and I can not stop you. But I can get on this plane to the other side of the country and pretend none of this is happening. This is Liam Hemsworth’s second feature film of the weekend.

The Neon Demon is an allegorical tale about fashion or women in the media or what director Nicolas Winding Refn thinks of women; Elle Fanning is an innocent teen who becomes a muse the fashion industry of Los Angeles. It gets violent, bloody, and stylish.

Free State of Jones is a drama starring Matthew McConaughey as a Southern Unionist who maybe did some things in protest of the Confederacy, maybe? I’m saving my Civil War film quota for Birth of a Nation which maybe? is more factual? but will feature Black people fighting the Confederates instead of Southerners “fighting the Confederacy.” Anyway, this is the second film about Newton; 1948’s Tap Roots is also inspired by his maybe? life. (It is currently unavailable on Amazon. It stars Susan Hayward.)

Les Cowboys is a drama about a man searching for his missing daughter after she disappears from her backyard in the East of France. The trailer feels more like The Searchers (itself a racist and xenophobic film about a woman who did not want to be yanked back to American life) and less like Not Without My Daughter. The man is accompanied by his son. The film also stars John C. Reilly.

Eat That Question is a documentary about rock legend Frank Zappa and In His Own Words.

The Phenom is a drama about a rookie pitcher (Johnny Simmons) with an abusive father (Ethan Hawke) is sent back to the minor leagues and a psychologist (Paul Giamatti).

Wiener-Dog is the tale of four disparate stories with a common thread: an adorable daschund. It’s twee as hell, yet directed by Todd Solondz, so of course the cast includes Greta Gerwig, Julie Delphy, Kieran Culkin, and Zosia Mamet.

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