Opening This Week – June 16

Cars 3 (2017) Poster

Cars 3 (2017)

Certificate G   –   Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Sport

61 Metascore
Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.

Brian Fee

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THE BUZZ: Cars has always been Pixar’s cutesy merchandising cash cow, but the franchise’s tone looks to be changing up for this third time around the race track since the movie’s first look teased a life-changing accident that befalls Lightning McQueen. The shift in execution has resulted in critical reviews as strong as the ones for other Pixar releases, and we expect moms and dads to be a bit more in tune, too.

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Rough Night (2017)

Certificate R   –   Comedy

56 Metascore
Things go terribly wrong for a group of girlfriends who hire a male stripper for a bachelorette party in Miami.

Lucia Aniello

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THE BUZZ: The first of two hard-R rated women’s-night-out comedies this season has a purse full of secret weapons from “Broad City” both in front of and behind the camera.

All Eyez on Me (2017) Poster

All Eyez on Me (2017)

Certificate R   –   Biography | Drama | Music

Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.

Benny Boom

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THE BUZZ: Litigation between this project’s main production company and Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, held up filming since 2011. But it looks like the drama helped director Benny Boom and co. create a realistic portrayal of the struggles and triumphs faced by the eternally influential rapper and poet.

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47 Meters Down (2017)

Certificate PG-13   –   Horror | Thriller

Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.

Johannes Roberts

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THE BUZZ: Every summer movie season should have a shark movie, and it should at least be as good as The Shallows. Know what we mean? Sometime this summer director Johannes Roberts will begin his high profile gig as the helmer of The Strangers 2.

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The Book of Henry (2017)

Certificate PG-13   –   Drama | Thriller

27 Metascore
A single mother discovers a scheme in her son’s book to rescue a young girl from the hands of her abusive stepfather and sets out to execute the plan at any cost.

Colin Trevorrow

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THE BUZZ: Despite his commitments to the Jurassic World sequel and Star Wars: Episode IX, Colin Trevorrow seems determined to the world of indie-scale film as well with this arresting drama that feels like a live-action version of the game Mousetrap designed to catch a predatory adult. The trailer has an outrageous shift that has people talking.

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Maudie (2016)

Certificate PG-13   –   Biography | Drama | Romance

58 Metascore
An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.

Aisling Walsh

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THE BUZZ: Word of mouth amongst art-house goers should turn this romantic drama into one of the better-performing indies of the season. Maybe some Indie Spirit nominations are in the picture too?

I, Daniel Blake (2016) Poster

I, Daniel Blake (2016)

Certificate R   –   Drama

78 Metascore
After having suffered a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance.

Ken Loach

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THE BUZZ: At this point in his career it seems as though Ken Loach has little use for subtlety or gesture when it comes to his films; instead, his broad statements have bolstered his profile as one of the most politically minded directors in the world. I, Daniel Blake uses a relatable storytelling device, the neurotic relationship we tend to have with personal health care benefits, to take aim at Britain’s ruling Conservative party. To help melt your heart, there’s a three-legged dog named Shae at the center of the story, too.

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The Journey (2016)

Certificate PG-13   –   Drama

51 Metascore
A fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland – firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness – who are forced to take a short journey together in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of history.

Nick Hamm

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THE BUZZ: The death of Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness in March of this year has attracted extra attention to The Journey, a speculative drama about the Northern Ireland peace process that premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

In Theaters Now – Box Office Top Ten

Wonder Woman (2017) Poster

Wonder Woman (2017)

Certificate PG-13   –   Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi | War


76 Metascore

Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Patty Jenkins

Box Office:

Weekend: $103.25M, Gross: $212.61M

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The Mummy (2017)

Certificate PG-13   –   Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Thriller


34 Metascore

An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Alex Kurtzman

Box Office:

Weekend: $31.69M, Gross: $34.26M

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) Poster

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

Certificate PG   –   Animation | Action | Comedy | Family


69 Metascore

Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

David Soren

Box Office:

Weekend: $23.85M, Gross: $45.81M

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Poster

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

Certificate PG-13   –   Action | Adventure | Fantasy


39 Metascore

Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon while being pursued by an undead sea captain and his crew.
Box Office:

Weekend: $62.18M, Gross: $137.11M

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Poster

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Certificate PG-13   –   Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi


67 Metascore

The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

James Gunn

Box Office:

Weekend: $146.51M, Gross: $367.19M

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It Comes at Night (2017) Poster

It Comes at Night (2017)

Certificate R   –   Horror | Mystery


78 Metascore

Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.
Box Office:

Weekend: $5.99M, Gross: $6.59M

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Baywatch (2017)

Certificate R   –   Action | Comedy | Drama


37 Metascore

Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon butts heads with a brash new recruit, as they uncover a criminal plot that threatens the future of the bay.

Seth Gordon

Box Office:

Weekend: $18.10M, Gross: $51.68M

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Megan Leavey (2017) Poster

Megan Leavey (2017)

Certificate PG-13   –   Biography | Drama | War


66 Metascore

Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.
Box Office:

Weekend: $3.81M, Gross: $4.24M

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Alien: Covenant (2017) Poster

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Certificate R   –   Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller


65 Metascore

The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.

Ridley Scott

Box Office:

Weekend: $36.16M, Gross: $71.46M

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Everything, Everything (2017)

Certificate PG-13   –   Drama | Romance


52 Metascore

A teenager who’s spent her whole life confined to her home falls for the boy next door.

Stella Meghie

Box Office:

Weekend: $11.73M, Gross: $32.00M

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Going in Style

If you want to hang with a trio of old-coot charmers, you could do worse than Going in Style, a comic softball that, for the price of a movie ticket, puts you in the pleasurable company of Morgan Freeman, 79, Alan Arkin, 83, and Michael Caine, 84. The movie is no bargain, but the actors keep delivering dividends.

Constructed from the blueprint set in 1979 by director Martin Brest and now-deceased stars George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg, this remake is the same tired piffle about three Brooklyn-based seniors who decide to rob a bank. This new version, directed with a sitcom-anvil touch by actor Zach Braff from a flimsy script by Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures), at least does its audience a favor by bypassing the expected jokes about erectile dysfunction. Plus the topicality and villainy come in the form of corporate greed – a nice touch given that one of the film’s executive producers is Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Caine’s character, Joe, is at war with a New York bank that has tripled his mortgage payments. His best buds, Willie (Freeman) and Albert (Arkin) are also mad as hell, given that the steel company they slaved for is outsourcing to Vietnam and vaporizing their pensions. (Robbing the evil financial institutions is always the best revenge, it seems – see last year’s Hell or High Water.) The codgers watch Dog Day Afternoon as primer in what not to do, enlist the services of a professional thief (John Ortiz) and resort to being adorable when all else fails, which it does, quite often. Arkin wins the prize for not flashing a cute twinkle every single time a plot hole needs to be covered. His flirty scenes with the wonderful Ann-Margret as a supermarket manager are a much-needed bright spot.

There are times when Braff and Melfi hint at the darkness of a world that ignores seniors by making them invisible. But this new version of Going in Style sells uplift so hard it loses touch with reality – and any genuine reason for being.

Space Between Us

Friday, February 3, 2017

In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing.

The Great Wall

Friday, February 17

When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within The Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of our world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront this unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.

Fifty Shades Darker

Friday, February 10, 2017

When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.


Friday, February 3, 2017

A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

John Wick 2

Friday, February 10, 2017

The original film followed an ex-hitman who is brought out of retirement to seek revenge on a group of gangsters who took everything from him. Plot details for the sequel are being kept under wraps.