Weekend Box Office: September 9, 2016

We have a repeat in our box office winners, with Don’t Breathe again in the No. 1 spot with $15 million, and Suicide Squad trailing behind at No. 2. Meanwhile The Light Behind Oceans came in sixth place, which is more abysmal than Water For Elephants, which is a damn shame since it looks better and has director Derek Cianfrance.

This weeks sees a haunting directorial debut, a biopic from Clint Eastwood, and a musical thriller.

Come What May  is a French historical drama starring Matthew Rhys, August Diehl, and Olivier Gourmet. When the Germans invade France the residence of a small town flee together.

The Disappointments Room stars Kate Beckinsale as the matriarch of a family seeking a fresh start. She ruins that when she unlocks the supernatural in an attic room. The script was written by Wentworth Miller. Maybe don’t move in to a dark, old house that has been long inhabited when you have a “dark past” of your own?

Cameraperson is a documentary from Kirsten Johnson, who uses footage from her 25-year career as a cinematographer to explore the relationship between filmmaker and subject.

Kicks is a the saga of an East Bay teen determined to obtain a pair of sneakers, in the hopes that it will help transcend the problems of his everyday life. They are, of course, stolen, which leads to great strife. This is the debut film from Justin Tipping.

Dancer is a biographical documentary about the “bad boy” of ballet, Sergei Polunin, his desire to be a great dancer, and his yearning for a normal life.

When the Bough Breaks stars Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall as a couple who hire a surrogate. The young woman is, of course, violently unhinged (and maybe manipulated by her boyfriend?). You deserve better, Regina Hall!

Ithaca is Tom Hanks’ other movie this week (he’s in Sully, detailed below). It is directed, and also stars, Meg Ryan. It is the story of a young man, who is his town’s only bike messenger, when all of the other messengers are off at war. The film is adapted from The Human Comedy by William Saroyan. There’s too much down home here for me. (Read Some Luck by Jane Smiley instead.)

The Wild Life is a kid-friendly adaptation of Robinson Crusoe, with the addition of talking animals (and one assumes, no cannibals). The film was released earlier this year in Belgium and France as Robinson Crusoe.

London Road stars Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman, which is literally all you need to know, really. In the interest of further stoking your anticipation, it is a musical mystery thiller (!) adapted from the stage musical about the community affected by murderer Steven Wright, who was known as the Suffolk Strangler and Ipswich Ripper. (Wright and his five known victims are not depicted.) For the stage musical the dialogue was exactly as it was in police interviews. The film will include the musical’s original cast.

Sully tells the story of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger through the lens of Clint Eastwood, so have fun with that, America. You probably remember Sullenberger’s Miracle On the Hudson, when he landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River after the plane struck a flock of geese. Eastwood is adapting Sullenberger’s autobiography Highest Duty, though the book has a lot less of the “America is after me vibe” than this trailer. Sully is played by America’s dad, Tom Hanks, and his wife is played by Laura Linney.

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