Box Office Weekend: December 23, 2016

Rogue One was your big release last weekend, even though everyone [SPOILER]. It pulled in $155 million. It feels like there aren’t a lot of options this weekend, but that’s because many of the Christmas Day films that opened in limited release and have already been listed on this blog.

A Monster Calls is about a boy who invites a monster he drew to help him get through his mother’s long, torturous, impending death from cancer. Because that’s what happens when you’re a single mother, you die Liam Neeson voices the tree monster, and Felicity Jones stars as the ailing mother. The film is written by Patrick Ness, who wrote the book the film is based on.

Silence is Martin Scorsese’s latest and stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson as Jesuit priests in the 1630s after the defeat of Shimabara Rebellion, which resulted in “Hidden Christians.” This is the second adaptation of Shūsaku Endō’s novel of the same name.

I, Daniel Blake is a British drama about a man who takes in a single mom and her two children. The movie was hated at Cannes but won anyway.

Why Him? stars Bryan Cranston as a father who can’t believe his daughter is dating a rich, spoiled loser, played by James Franco. My father would be enraged if I dated James Franco too, but he’d trust that I wouldn’t marry the loser.

And on Christmas Day:

20th Century Women is a comedy-drama from Mike Mills starring Elle Fanning, Annette Benning, and Greta Gerwig. Mills draws from his own childhood in his story about three women in the late 1970s.

Fences is the cinematic adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer winning play. Wilson wrote the screenplay before his death in 2005. The film stars Viola Davis and Denzel Washington; the film explores race in the 1950s.

Hidden Figures stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe and NASA mathematicians in the 1960s. Kevin Costner and Jim Parsons also star, as does Kirsten Dunst, who hopefully won’t make me as angry as Parsons and Costner will. I am going to watch the shit out of this movie.

Live By Night is directed by Ben Affleck, who also stars as some kind of mobster jackass hellbent on an Oscar nomination for a film meant for a January release.

Toni Erdmann is a German-Austrian comedy about a man who tries to connect with his estranged daughter through a series of ill-received pranks after the death of his dog.

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