Month: February 2017

Weekend Box office: February 24, 2017

The LEGO Batman Movie was last weekend’s winner, with $42.5 million. Matt Damon’s The Great Wall tanked.

Drifter is a horror film about two men who drift into a town inhabited by psychotic cannibals.

Rock Dog is an animated film about a dog who wants to be a rock star. Featuring the voices of J.K. Simmons, Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, Lewis Black, and Kenan Thompson.

Bitter Harvest stars Max Irons and Samantha Banks as a couple in love during Holodomor, Stalin’s deliberate starvation of his own people. This movie looks boring, despite the fact that Holodomor is fascinating (my ancestors came to America to escape war and starvation), rarely told (Stalin killed so many people!), and how handsome the son of Jeremy Irons is.

Get Out is a horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele. A man meets his girlfriend’s parents and finds himself in a horrible, Stepford-like neighborhood. Daniel Kaluuya stars; his girlfriend is played by Allison Williams and her parents are played by Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener.

The Girl With All The Gifts is a zombie film starring Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close, and Sennia Nanua. A bacterial outbreak has turned people into zombies, and the government has infected children with the disease but maintained their education. It all goes to hell (it always does!), and the adults need a girl to help them.

Collide is a German-action film starring Felicity Jones and Nicholas Hoult. Hoult returns to a life of crime, under a kingpin played by Ben Kinglsey, so he can buy a kidney for the woman he loves.

Dying Laughing is a documentary about stand-up comedy. Navani’s gonna love this.

Tulip Fever is a drama starring Alicia Viklander as a woman who invests in the tulip craze in hopes of running off with a painter (Dane DeHaan, oh no!) to escape her husband (Christoph Waltz). Was this movie not good if it’s released in February? I’ve been waiting to see it! The film is based on the novel by Deborah Moggach.

My Life As A Zucchini is an Oscar-nominated, French-Swiss stop-motion film for children about a little boy who goes to an orphanage. It is the second adaptation of Autobiographie d’une Courgette by Gilles Paris.

Kiki is a documentary about New York’s Kiki scene, a “society within a society” created and governed by LGBTQ youth. The youths are free to celebrate and express themselves as they are.

Punching Henry is about a satirical songwriter, named and played by Henry Philips, who is lured to Los Angeles by a mean TV prodcuer. Tig Notaro, J.K. Simmons, and Sarah Silverman also star.

Weekend Box Office: February 17, 2017

The Great Wall is a an action film starring white people in a story about China. Chinese soldiers battle monsters, who attack the wall built to protect China. Matt Damon is a mercenary who helps.

Fanny’s Journey tells the story of a young girl who leads a group of French, Jewish children to safety in Switzerland.

Ghost of New Orleans stars Lake Bell, Josh Lucas, and Terrence Howard. There’s a serial killer, and it seems like the NOLA natives don’t understand their own culture?

XX is an anthology horror film. The four chapters are from directors Roxanne Benjamin, Sofia Carrillo, Karyn Kusama, Annie Clark, and Jovanka Vuckovic.

Running Shaadi is an Indiana romantic comedy about young people running a website with the goal of helping people elope.

From Nowhere is a drama about three undocumented teenagers in the Bronx on the brink of graduation and in pursuit of their papers. Julianne Nicholson is the nice white lady who wants to help.

Irada is an Indian eco-thriller. The bombing of a factory results in the pursuit of revenge and justice.

A Cure for Wellness is a thriller starring Dane DeHaan, so you know things are going to end badly. DeHaan is a young pharma rep who finds himself at a wellness spa in the Alps and before long is forced to stay.

Lovesong stars Riley Keough and Jena Malone as two BFFs who take an “impromptu road trip” and discover more about themselves and each other. One is a young, married mother and the other is, well, not.

Everybody Loves Somebody is a romantic comedy about a successful woman, an OB-GYN!, who reconsiders her life after she runs into her ex. But of course her family is obsessed with the fact that she’s not married!

American Fable is a thriller. Set in the 1980s, a young girl finds that the developer buying out failing farms is being kept hostage in a grain silo. The film is written and directed by Anne Hamilton and contains elements of magical realism.

Fist Fight is a comedy starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day. Day is a mild-mannered teacher who is challenged to a schoolyard fight by a recently fired teacher, played by Ice Cube.