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Box Office Weekend: November 10, 2017

Welcome back to your weekly trailer revue! Last week’s winner-takes-all was Thor. This week has a bunch of stuff, which frankly, seems pretty boring. If I could ask you to think twice about your money, it would be Daddy’s Home 2. I have agreed already to see Lady Bird.


Thumper is a thriller about teens who sell drugs and drink beer in junkyards.


Hello Again is a film adaptation of the lauded musical.


Bitch is a dark comedy written and directed by Marianna Palka. Palka plays a woman who, stressed by her dumb husband (Jason Ritter) and many children, begins to act like a dog.


Daddy’s Home 2, the sequel to 2015’s Daddy’s Home, finds the Dads, good-natured Will Ferrell and hypermasculine Mark Wahlberg visted by their dads, who are more extreme versions of themselves, noted wife beater and racist Mel Gibson and John Lithgow. In an echo of the first film, Wahlberg’s Dusty must face his wife’s first husband, played by John Cena.


Intent to Destroy: Death, Denial & Depiction is a documentary about the Armenian genocide.


No Stone Unturned is a documentary about 1994 Irish cold case wherein gunmen stormed a pub and opened fire on a pack crowd watching the World Cup.

Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie’s novel, finds a 2017 adaptation directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also plays Poirot. Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer, wife beater Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, and Dame Judi Dench also star.


Qarib Qarib Singlle is a Hindi romance starring Parvathy and Irrfan Khan. Two polar opposites meet online and eventually fall in love.


I Remember You is an Icelandic horror film, connecting strange deaths of the elderly, missing children, and miscelleanous supernatural occurences.


No Greater Love is a documentary shot by an active duty soldier in Afghanistan. Comes with a side of Christianity. Happy Veterans Day!

Mayhem stars Steven Yeun as a fired finance bro trapped in a building under siege by a rage virus.


Lady Bird is a coming of age drama, set in Sacramento in 2003. It stars Saoirse Ronan and is written and directed by Greta Gerwig.


LBJ stars Woody Harrelson as America’s president.


Thelma is a Norwegian thriller (and the country’s submission for a Foreign Film Oscar) about a girl who triggers supernatural powers when she falls in love with another co-ed.

Box Office Weekend: November 3, 2017

Welcome back to a better-late-than-never box office weekend post! I write to you from the trenches of Thanksgiving Hallmark movies, which is to say, there are practically none, and I am up to my eyeballs in disappointment.

Last weekend’s big draw was Jigsaw, even though I advised against it. This weekend I recommend seeing Wait For Your Laugh.


1945 is a Hungarian drama about a father and son who, upon returning to their town, are viewed with suspicion by the town’s residents, who fear that the Jewish men intend to collect “their inheritance.” You know, the property their neighbors stole during the Holocaust.


Frank Serpico is a documentary about the man who inspired the 1973 film Serpico—a NYPD detective known for his 1960s whistleblowing and cause for justice.


A Bad Moms Christmas is the sequel to last year’s Bad Moms. Returning stars are Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, and Kristen Bell. They are joined by Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski, and Susan Sarandon, who play the Moms’ moms


Defining Hope is a documentary about end-of-life care.


Last Flag Flying is a comedy about three veterans who reunite when the son of one dies.


Blade of the Immortal is an action film from Takashi Miike. I like his work, but the screengrab was too much for me to watch this trailer for you. The film is based on the popular manga of the same name, and is about a samurai who avenges the deaths of a young woman’s family.


Dream Boat is a documentary about a seven-day gay yacht cruise. All of the men in the trailer seem so happy to be on the boat! How can anyone say no to this film?!


Wait for Your Laugh is a documentary about Rose Marie, who holds the longest career in show business, and has a lot to say (in the film and on Twitter too!)


My Friend Dahmer is a drama based on the graphic novel of the same name by Derf Backderf and is about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer through the teenage eyes of one of his peers; Dahmer is played by former Disney star Ross Lynch; Derf is played by Alex Wolff.


No Dress Code Required is about two men trying to marry in Mexico. When they show up to get their license, they are denied.


It Happened In L.A. is a romantic comedy starring writer/director (!) Michelle Morgan and seemingly ageless Jorma Taccone.


Princess Cyd is a coming-of-age drama about a young woman who visits her aunt, falls in love with a young woman, and begins to find herself.


Thor: Ragnarok is this week’s Marvel release. It is said to be more fun than most Marvel movies, but just thinking about it has me feeling bored.


Battlecreek stars Bill Skarsgard as a nocturnal young man with a rare skin disease whose life changes, despite the watchful eye of his mother, when he rescues a woman from a car wreck.


Ittefaq is a Hindi action film. It is a remake of the 1969 film about an escaped murderer, a cop, and a murdered wife.


Most Beautiful Island is a thriller about an undocumented woman’s struggle to make it in New York.


11/8/16 is a documentary…about the election. Hey, I hear there’s a group scream that day in Washington Square Park


A Gray State is a documentary about a military veteran’s mad, wild attempt to make a film.


Singularity is a science fiction film about artificial intelligence. It stars John Cusack, who refuses to make good movies.

Weekend Box Office: October 13, 2017

breathOh my. I returned and then promptly dropped the ball. Here are this week’s releases plus trailers for the movies that were missed.

THIS WEEK


6 Below: Miracle On The Mountain stars Josh Hartnett as a professional hockey player who goes snowboarding to Find Himself and ends up stranded in an avalanche. One assumes this film is served with a side of Jesus and “based on a true story.” DVD release for November 14!


78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene is a documentary about how The Shower Scene in Psycho impacted the film industry.


American Satan is a drama? film about an English-American band who makes a deal with the devil for their survival on the Sunset Strip. Denise Richards, Booboo Stewart, and Malcolm McDowell star. I like how they made Andy Biersack look like a young Billy Martin.


Bad Blood: The Movie is a horror movie about a woman who is mutated by a frog and destroys her…town? when she becomes one as well?


Deliver Us is a documentary about the possessed!


For Ahkeem is a documentary about a teenage girl, Daje Shelton, and her life in north St. Louis, one year before the death of Michael Brown.


Gnome Alone is an animated film about a girl who moves into a house occupied by gnomes. With voices from Becky G, Josh Peck, Olivia Holt, George Lopez, Patrick Stump, and David Koechner.


Happy Death Day is this week’s big horror release. A teenage girl wakes up on her birthday and is murdered. Like Groundhog Day, the horror resets each day.


How To Break Up With Your Douchebag is a Spanish comedy about a therapist who specializes in helping women break up with their partners…only to fall in love with a jerk.


Marshall is a biopic about Thurgood Marshall. Starring Chadwick Boseman, the film looks at Marshall’s early cases (defending a young, Black boy—whose parents are played by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin’s parents), before he became the country’s first Black Supreme Court Justice.


Professor Marston & The Wonder Women is the dramatic re-telling of the invention and influences of the Wonder Woman comics. Starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, and Connie Britton.


Swing Away stars Shannon Elizabeth as a professional golfer who escapes to Greece following a break down and subsequently mentors a young girl.


The Foreigner stars Jackie Chan as a humble businessman who hunts down the men who killed his daughter (because he couldn’t get justice!) He is pursued by The Man, played by Pierce Brosnan. It looks like a less infuriating Taken.


The Secret Scripture stars Rooney Mara and Vanessa Redgrave as a woman who has been indefinitiely hospitalized. Directed by Jim Sheridan and based on the novel of the same name.


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri stars Frances McDormand as a woman who pays for billboard on the edge of her small town to condemn an ineffective police following the death of her daughter.


Tom of Finland is a biopic about Touko Valio Laaksonen, an artist whose homoerotic illustrations garnered international fame.

ALL THE OTHER WEEKS:


American Made


Flatliners


Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House


Super Dark Times


Take Every Wave: the Life of Laird Hamilton


Lucky


‘Til Death Do Us Part


A Question Of Faith


Don’t Sleep


The Pathological Optimist — NO.


The Sound


Judwaa 2


Literally, Right Before Aaron


Pearl Jam: Let’s Play Two


Youth


Chasing The Dragon


Never Say Die


Realive


Te Ata


The LEGO Ninjago Movie


Kingsman: The Golden Circle


Friend Request

Victoria & Abdul


Stronger

Woodshock

Battle of the Sexes

Bobbi Jene


Ribbons


Loving Vincent


Big Bear


Unrest


The Tiger Hunter


The Last Rampage


The King’s Choice


Welcome to Willits


Happy Hunting


The Houses October Built 2


Zoology


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