Check out what’s new in movie theaters around St. Louis with the latest Weekend Movie Guide.
Minions, The Gallows and Self/Less open in theaters nation-wide this weekend. You can see Minions in 2D and 3D at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis.
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Recapping Last Weekend
Inside Out became the movie to knock Jurassic World from its perch atop the box office over the July 4th weekend. The dinosaurs sure made it close though. The computer-generated feelings pulled in $29.77 million from Friday-Sunday while the computer-generated dinosaurs and Chris Pratt brought in $29.2 million.
Terminator: Genisys pulled in $27 million in its debut while Magic Mike XXL brought in $12.86 million in its. I saw both of these movies this week. Terminator is what you would expect from the franchise. Magic Mike has a bit too much male skin for my liking but overall was pretty enjoyable. I’m a big fan of Channing Tatum, although I hope the story isn’t really true about him stiffing the man who taught him to strip. (Tip: That link contains pictures of Channing Tatum from his stripping days)
Universal is pulling out all the stops in promoting Minions. In fact, it will be the largest such campaign in the company’s history. Predictions say that the Illimination Entertainment film will top $100 million in its debut, largely due to 3D ticket sales. Jon Hamme, Sandra Bulllock, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Carell and others lend their voices to this spin-off of Despicable Me. The reviews for the film are about what I thought they would be, not great. I don’t know what these reviewers thought the movie would be, but I doubt they are the target audience. If the movie really makes $100 million in its debut against its $85 million budget, no one will really care that critics didn’t like it anyways. Watch the trailer for Minions below. It’s pretty funny.
Four years after its initial filming, The Gallows finally got its red carpet premiere earlier this week in Hollywood High’s auditorium. Cassidy Gifford, daughter of Frank and Kathe Lee, was originally not in the film. Creators Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff originally called the movie Superstition when they uploaded some footage of it to YouTube. Blumhouse Productions was shown the footage and agreed to finance it. New Line won a bidding wore for the rights and re-filmed parts of the movie with Cassidy Gifford added in. Many of the unknown actors and actresses in the original film were friends of the creators and their characters have their names.
In Self/Less, Ben Kingsley’s Damian is a wealthy older man dying from cancer. He partakes in a medical treatment that puts his consciousness into the body of Ryan Reynolds’s character. While the premise of the movie sounds ridiculous, Popular Mechanics has a story about how it may not be that far off.
BoxOffice.com predicts an opening weekend take of $3.8 million for take for Self/Less.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Keller 8 Cinema in South County welcomes Mad Max: Fury Road and Entourage. I found Entourage pretty enjoyable even though I wasn’t a devoted follower of the HBO show.
Make It A Redbox Night
Redbox welcomes Kingsman: The Secret Service, Maggie, Woman In Gold and ’71. Kingsman was pretty excellent and you should see it eventually. However, seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger in a zombie drama seems totally worth your $2.
In Other Movie News
Jack Black stars as a character based on author R.L. Stine in this movie adaptation of Stine’s books. Goosebumps is scheduled for release on October 16th.
Rachel McAdams To Star In Doctor Strange?
Rumors are saying that Rachel McAdams has been talked to a leading female role in the upcoming Doctor Strange movie directed by Scott Derrickson. Benedict Cumberbatch is scheduled to star as Dr. Stephen Strange in the film set to premiere November 4, 2016.
The Hunger Games Mockingjay – Part 2 “United” Teaser Trailer
Jennifer Lawrence first shared this teaser trailer for the next installment in The Hunger Games franchise on her Facebook page yesterday. In this and in a poster image that was tweeted out, me see Katniss in an all red outfit for the first time.
Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies Trailer
Steven Spielberg is directing this Cold War film with a screenplay written by Joel and Ethan Coen. Bridge of Spies, based on a true story, will be in theaters on October 16 of this year. Tom Hanks, Alan Alda and Amy Ryan star.
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