Weekend Box Office: Friday, October 21, 2016

The Accountant won the box office last weekend with $24.7 million. (HOW.) Kevin Hart’s stand-up film came in second place with $12 million, tying for that spot with Girl on the Train. This weekend there’s sequels, documentaries, a sweet R-rated comedy, and a quiet coming-of-age film that should take precedent.


The Whole Truth stars Keanu Reeves, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Renée Zellweger, and Jim Belushi. Reeves is an attorney defending a teenager. The young man may have murdered his father (Belushi).


Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is a sequel to the 2012 film Jack Reacher and adapted from the 2013 Lee Child novel Never Go Back.


It Had To Be You is a comedy starring Cristin Milioti as a single woman who, despite wanting to marry, panics at the prospect of a proposal and must take her time considering the how it relates to her future.


The Uncondemned is a documentary about the 1997 trial of Jean-Paul Akayesu for his knowledge of rape and war crime during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The film follows three women who testified anonymously 19 years ago.


Ouija: Origin of Evil is the sequel to 2014’s Ouija, a “sleeper hit” in the horror genre. Both films make the slumber party game more interesting than it is in real life.


American Pastoral is an adaptation of the Philip Roth novel. It stars Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, and Dakota Fanning. McGregor is a suburban father who witness the crumbling of the American Dream first hand.


Keeping Up with the Joneses stars Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher as a normal couple who get caught up in espionage through their neighbors, played by Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot.


King Cobra is a dark comedy starring James Franco and Christian Slater. It sells the story of the murder of porn producer Bryan Kocis, at the hands of Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes, who wanted to get young star Brent Corrigan out of his contract (so they could make money off of him as well!)


Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween stars Tyler Perry as Madea, who will not stand for your Halloween chicanery.


We Are X is a documentary about Japanese heavy metal band X Japan and its frontman Yoshiki. X Japan is enormously popular abroad.


In a Valley of Violence follows the 2016 ongoing tradition of westerns that look pretty bad but look so great on paper: written and directed by Ti West and starring Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, Karen Gillan, and for some reason, John Travolta. Hawke is a mysterious drifter who drifts toward Mexico with his dog, and oh god, I know it has a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, but can’t we see Midnight instead?


I’m Not Ashamed is your weekly Christian film, and claims to tell the story of Rachel Scott, the first victim at the Columbine Massacre in 1999. Following her death there were reports that Rachel was asked a Christian, and then shot for affirming her faith in God, but that account has since been questioned (it is also disputed by the surviving witness). Don’t worry, the movie will latch on to a lot of inconsistencies of Rachel’s story in every way it can. (Murderers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were liked by their peers!) I hate these movies but I’d watch this if it were accurate.


Moonlight stars André Holland, Trevante Rhodes, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris, and Mahershala Ali. It is directed by Barry Jenkins and tells a coming-of-age story of a young gay man in Miami.


The Handmaiden is an erotic thriller from Park Chan-wook and will probably be better than Stoker. It is based on the British novel Fingersmith, but set in 1930s Korea. A lowly criminal is hired to take advantage of a sensitive young woman of wealth, but the two women fall in love.


The Pickle Recipe is a comedy Jon Dore and Lynn Colman. A man is down-and-out when his corrupt uncle forces him to steal his grandmother’s pickle recipe.


Fire At Sea is a documentary about the European migrant crisis. It was shot on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa. It won the Golden Bear in Berlin.


31 is Rob Zombie’s latest film. A group of carnies are abducted and forced to survive a murderous maze filled with evil clowns.

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