Looking at the Weekend: Aug. 11-13, 2017

The Conjuring made a lot of money at the box office in 2013 ($137 million). Its prequel, Annabelle, made less, but still impressive amounts of money ($84 million). The first film’s sequel, The Conjuring 2, was off the original, but higher than the prequel ($102 million). Now, we have the prequel to the prequel, Annabelle: Creation, coming out to the cineplex. Regardless of how each film performed, they all opened over $37 million, which will be more than enough to make it the number one film of the week. The Glass Castle isn’t the type of movie that opens strong, especially with mediocre reviews so far, and Nut Job 2 will be lucky to make as much as its predecessor did on opening weekend, $19 million. Even if it tops that by a bit, it won’t be able to topple Annabelle

Our Highest Rated Films: The Nile Hilton Incident, Ingrid Goes West, A Taxi Driver
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Glass Castle (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Bedeviled
Once Upon a Time
Paradise Club
Whose Streets?

Aug. 11-13, 2017

Film

Our Thoughts

Awards Chances

Annabelle: Creation

(Wide Release)
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2.3
Wesley Lovell: (2)
Peter J. Patrick: (4)
Tripp Burton: (2)
Thomas LaTourrette: (1)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): I had no desire to see The Conjuring or Annabelle, so I’ll pass on this as well.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): The latest horror movie centered around the devil might be good for a scare or two.
Tripp Burton (TB): We are entering the August doldrums, and this is a perfect example of that.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): Another horror film, and it does not look like a terribly original one.

Film

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Awards Chances

The Glass Castle

(Wide Release)
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4.8
Wesley Lovell: (7)
Peter J. Patrick: (3)
Tripp Burton: (4)
Thomas LaTourrette: (5)

3.0
Wesley Lovell: (3,Oscars)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Tripp Burton: (6,Oscars)
Thomas LaTourrette: (3,Oscars)
Categories:

  • Picture (WL,TB,TL)
  • Director (WL,TB,TL)
  • Actress (WL,TB)
  • Supporting Actor (WL,TL)
  • Supporting Actress (TB)
  • Adapted Screenplay (WL,TB,TL)
  • Original Score (WL)
  • Film Editing (WL,TB)
  • Production Design (WL,TB)
  • Costume Design (WL,TB)

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): The film looks like it may not be that great thanks to a lackluster trailer, but the talents involved suggest it may be far better than expected.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Sappy looking drama of a dysfunctional family, impressive on paper, but oh, that trailer!
Tripp Burton (TB): I’ve had this on my prediction list for a while, but the lack of buzz around it makes me think it may not be as solid a contender as I thought.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): A woman looking back on a dysfunctional childhood could make for a decent movie, but I am not sure that this one succeeds. It does look to give Woody Harrelson a meaty role.

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The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

(Wide Release)
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2.8
Wesley Lovell: (3)
Peter J. Patrick: (2)
Tripp Burton: (3)
Thomas LaTourrette: (3)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): The first film looked like crap and this one doesn’t look too much better.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Noisy cartoon movie might amuse 2-year-olds on home video, but at the Cineplex, probably not.
Tripp Burton (TB): Every film does not need a sequel!
Thomas LaTourette (TL): The first one was cute, but nothing more. This one looks unlikely to even hit that height.

Film

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Good Time

(Limited Release)
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5.0
Wesley Lovell: (5)
Peter J. Patrick: (5)
Tripp Burton: (4)
Thomas LaTourrette: (6)

1.3
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (5,Critics)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • Actor (PP)

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): The trailer doesn’t sell the film well, though early word is solid. I’ll probably wait to see this one.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Druggie drama supposedly provides Robert Pattinson with his first really strong role – here’s hoping.
Tripp Burton (TB): This isn’t really my thing, but it got some good buzz at Cannes.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): The early reviews are stellar, especially for Robert Pattinson’s performance, but a confusing trailer did not leave me wanting to see the film.

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Ingrid Goes West

(Limited Release)
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5.8
Wesley Lovell: (8)
Peter J. Patrick: (2)
Tripp Burton: (6)
Thomas LaTourrette: (7)

1.3
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (5,Razzies)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • Picture (PP)
  • Actress (PP)
  • Supporting Actress (PP)

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): This looks like crazy fun.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): The headache-inducing trailer for this Instagram nonsense is enough to put any sane person off.
Tripp Burton (TB): This interesting looking update of Single White Female could be interesting to watch when it starts streaming.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): I’m not sure that I like the people in the trailer, but it looks to give Aubrey Plaza her meatiest role yet in films as an unhinged social media stalker.

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The Nile Hilton Incident

(Limited Release)
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6.3
Wesley Lovell: (4)
Peter J. Patrick: (7)
Tripp Burton: (7)
Thomas LaTourrette: (7)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): A film that doesn’t quite hit on all cylinders, at least that’s what the trailer suggests.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Film noir set in Turkey at the dawn of the Arab Spring looks interesting.
Tripp Burton (TB): This looks like a very interesting under the radar film to check out.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): This could be a good thriller about a murder that occurs at the start of the Egyptian uprising in 2011.

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The Only Living Boy in New York

(Limited Release)
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4.8
Wesley Lovell: (3)
Peter J. Patrick: (6)
Tripp Burton: (7)
Thomas LaTourrette: (3)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): Marc Webb is a talented director, but this doesn’t look like a talented film.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Early word isn’t good, but strong cast and NYC locations at least make it look interesting.
Tripp Burton (TB): The trailer for this looks fascinating, and the all over the map reviews make it sound even more intriguing.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): The film takes a wildly improbable premise and goes even further with it, not in a good way. It looks fairly predictable and just not very good.

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Awards Chances

A Taxi Driver

(Limited Release)
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5.8
Wesley Lovell: (4)
Peter J. Patrick: (6)
Tripp Burton: (5)
Thomas LaTourrette: (8)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): It might be interesting, but I’m not hopeful.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Quirky Korean drama might be good if you can get past the lead actor’s Jackie Chan-style clowning.
Tripp Burton (TB): Looks like another interesting film from the world of Korean cinema.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): Based on the trailer, this could be a gripping story about a taxi driver who ends up taking a foreign journalist to a town under siege by the government. It could be an interesting story about an uprising we know nothing about.

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The Trip to Spain

(Limited Release)
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5.5
Wesley Lovell: (7)
Peter J. Patrick: (5)
Tripp Burton: (6)
Thomas LaTourrette: (4)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): I’ve queued up the two prior films in anticipation for this, though I’ll still probably have to wait.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): For fans of the British TV series and the previous two films derived from it.
Tripp Burton (TB): I haven’t seen the other Trip movies, but I’ve heard great things and this looks entertaining.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): I have not seen, nor even heard of, the earlier two trip films that Coogan and Brydon did, but the trailer was wearing out its welcome for me by the end, even if there is good chemistry between the two acting friends and gorgeous shots of scenery and food.

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The Veil

(Limited Release)
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2.0
Wesley Lovell: (4)
Peter J. Patrick: (0)
Tripp Burton: (2)
Thomas LaTourrette: (2)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): It looks a little cheesy and a little too formulaic for my tastes.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Dreadful looking dystopian drama seems destined to sink without a trace.
Tripp Burton (TB): Ugh, this looks dreadful.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): This looks like a rather terrible and hokey film, with nothing new to offer the genre of a young handsome hero coming to rescue an oppressed civilization.

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