New Releases: What to Watch and What to Run From

What to Watch and What to Run From

First, let’s look at the box-office hits of the season so far.

Deadpool– Budget 58 Million

Box Office: Domestic- 254.1 million   Worldwide- 520.6 million

Kung Fu Panda 3– Budget: NA

Box-Office- Domestic- 119.4 million Worldwide: 297.6 million

New Releases!

Gods of Egypt

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Starring: Gerard Butler

This film looks like it was made for the sole purpose to try out new GGI technology.  It really isn’t worth your time.

My call:  Run far away from this film. Not only is it whitewashed (another Egyptian film like that is one too many), but the quality of the writing, acting, characters, and just about anything in this movie is substandard.

IMDb: 5.5 of  1,929 ratings


Andrew’s Pick of the Week (By Default)

Eddie the Eagle

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Starring: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman

The story of Eddie Edwards, the tenacious British ski jumper at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

I am not a huge one for biopics. I simply don’t care enough about the subject matter. This is another one of those.  Still, it looks entertaining and stars Hugh Jackman, that is always a good start.

My call: If you like Biopics, then this is a film for you. Otherwise pass on watching a new release this week.

IMDb: 7.6 of 700 ratings

Triple 9

Genre: Crime, Thriller

Starring: Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Gal Gadot.

A masterful gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan a murder of an officer as a distraction for the biggest heist of there lives. Things go awry.

You’ve seen this all before. The cast is really cool, many of them look to do great work.  Still, we’ve seen this movie done better. I suppose if you are bored and have nothing to do. Maybe worth your time.

My Call: If you simply must watch a film this week and enjoy crime-thrillers, then this is your movie this weekend.

IMDb: 6.7 of 1,808


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

Another sequel that probably isn’t needed.  Chances are this is just trying to squeeze money out of an old idea.  If you liked the original in 2000, then you probably won’t hate this film.

IMDb: 6.8 of 654 ratings

My call: I’m not seeing a need to watch this film, especially in theaters.  Again, if you love kung fu and the original movie, you will likely have a good time here. Just don’t expect much in terms of new material.

My Box Office Prediction

Deadpool could drop from the top spot with Eddie the Eagle taking it down, but I somewhat doubt it.   Kung Fu Panda 3 will likely be taken out of the top five. I think Eddie the Eagle has the best chance of winning the weekend. Expect strong showing from Triple 9 which features an ensemble cast.  Not clear winner this weekend, but I expect Deadpool to remain among the top three.

1 Deadpool

2 Eddie the Eagle

3 Triple 9


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