Weekend Box Office: Friday, July 8 2016

Finding Dory remains the No. 1 box office film, pulling in $50.2 million over the holiday weekend. The Legend of Tarzan came in second, with $45.6 million. Apparently imperialism with a side of digitized animal violence doesn’t turn off audiences.

This week’s releases include a raunchy comedy and an animated feature.

Cold War 2 is the sequel to 2012’s Cold War. Chow Yun-fat joins returning cast members Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung, Charlie Young, Eddie Peng, Aarif Rahman, Ma Yili and Alex Tsui. The thriller contains heists, terrorism, the mob, and a corrupt police force.

Our Little Sister is a Japanese film about three sisters who opt to raise their little sister, following the death of their father, who was an adulterous cad. This is guaranteed to end happily and I started crying right away.

Men Go to Battle is a drama about two brothers struggling to survive in Kentucky in 1861. One eventually joins the Union forces in the Civil War.

Zero Days is a documentary. I’m going to borrow directly from IMDb here: A documentary focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You…is a documentary about Norman Lear.

At the Fork is a documentary about a meat-eating man married to a vegetarian woman. He examines the meat industry and considers converting to a meatless life.

The Dog Lover is a feature film about an animal rights activist who goes undercover as an intern to expose a puppy mill.

Indian Point is a documentary about an aging power plant.

Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates is our raunchy comedy, starring Adam Devine, Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza, and Anna Kendrick. Devine and Efron are two bad boy brothers who are ordered to bring respectable wedding dates to their sisters wedding in Hawaii. They get Plaza and Kendrick’s characters, two young ladies who behave worse than they do.

Captain Fantastic stars Viggo Mortensen who raises his six children deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest with his wife, who leaves their Ruby Ridge-like mountain enclave and succumbs to an illness. When the family leaves their off-the-grid home the extended family, which include Frank Langella and Kathryn Hahn, insists that the family must live like a bunch of normals. (How did a good cast get mixed up in a bullshit movie like this? It’s a steaming pile of can’t even.)

The Secret Life of Pets is this weekend’s animated film. It imagines a world where our pets have a wild life when we’re not around.

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