Creed, The Good Dinosaur and Victor Frankenstein open in movie theaters around St. Louis this weekend. Hotel Transylvania 2, The Intern, Heist and Bridge Of Spies make their way to Keller 8, while Vacation and American Ultra are among a host of movies now available to rent at Redbox. Catch Creed now at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis.
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Recapping Last Weekend
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 easily took the weekend box office with $102.67 million in its debut. Spectre finished second with $15 million in its third weekend of release. The Peanuts Movie showed surprisingly staying power with $13.2 million in its third weekend as well. The Night Before, which I thought was a pretty decent film, opened with $9.9 million. The Secret in Their Eyes, also making its debut, rounded out the top five with $6.65 million.
Tell someone that “the latest Rocky movie” could win an Oscar and you will be laughed at. I know, because it has happened to me more than once already. Katey Rich of Vanity Fair says Creed is a legitimate contender for the Best Picture Academy Award. Kristopher Tapley of Variety says Slyvester Stallone, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in 1976’s Rocky, could win in the Best Supporting Actor category this year. Keep in mind that the 1976 classic beat out the likes of All the President’s Men, Network and Taxi Driver for its Best Picture trophy. Peter Finch beat Stallone in 1976 for his role in Network.
In Creed, Michael B. Jordan plays the son of the late Apollo Creed, who died in the ring in Rocky V at the hands of Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago. He’s reunited with Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler. Coogler actually deserves most of the credit for Creed getting made. He had the idea for the film when he was in film school and had to convince Stallone to make it. Current Men’s Fitness cover boy Jordan went on an intense diet and exercise plan to play Adonis Johnson in Creed. Here’s a guide to the workout routines that Jordan adhered to for ten months to get ready for the role. Performances by Phylicia Rashad and Tessa Thompson, who play Jordan’s mother and girlfriend, respectively, are also drawing great reviews.
Creed officially opened on earlier this week on Tuesday and sold $1.4 million worth of tickets. It’s expected to come out around the $35 million mark for the five-day holiday period. Todd M. Thatcher predicts $19.6 million for the weekend and $27.4 million for the holiday period.
The Good Dinosaur
Vox says The Good Dinosaur “might be the most beautiful film Pixar has ever made“, but isn’t high at all on the film’s story. The Atlantic was a bit higher on the film when it said it’s “by no means a bad movie“.
CinemaBlend highly recommends that you see The Good Dinosaur in 3D.
James McAvoy and Danielle Radcliffe star in the retelling Mary Shelley’s classic story of Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Reviews haven’t been very kind for Victor Frankenstein, like this one or this one or this one.
Todd. M Thatcher predicts $10.8 million for the weekend and $14.8 million for the holiday period for Victor Frankenstein.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Second-run theater Keller 8 Cinema in South County welcomes Bridge of Spies, Hotel Transylvania 2, The Intern and Heist this weekend. Heist, starring Robert DeNiro, Kate Bosworth and Morris Chestnut, is one you may not have seen already considering its widest release was 24 theaters across the country.
Make It A Redbox Night
Redbox welcomes a host of movies to its magical red machines this week. Vacation, Ricki and the Flash, American Ultra, No Escape and Max are all now available to rent. All of them will likely leave you satisfied with your $2 spent. If you’re looking for a family-friendly film to watch after you eat turkey, rent Max.
Vacation is a bit raunchier than the others, but it will likely give you the most laughs for your bucks.
Trailer Debuts For Star Wars: The Force Awakens Disney Infinity Playset
Disney is rolling out a new Disney Infinity playset for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Gets PG-13 Rating
The newest installment in the Star Wars franchise will get a PG-13 rating, just like Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The original Star Wars films received PG ratings, but that was mainly because the PG-13 rating wasn’t created by the MPAA until 1984.
Tom Cruise As The Mummy?
Universal is in talks with noted lunatic Tom Cruise to star in its reboot of The Mummy. The film would be the studio’s first film in its attempt to create a monster universe like Marvel has done.
Terrible idea in my opinion. Cruise was an awful choice to play Jack Reacher and would also be bad here.
Extraction Trailer Starring Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis, Kellan Lutz and Gina Carano star in Extraction. The film will only get a limited theater release on December 18 and be available through Video-On-Demand services the same day.
Michael Giacchino Returning For The Incredibles 2
Michael Giacchino has signed on to write the score again for The Incredibles 2, the sequel to 2004’s hit. That in itself I don’t find that newsworthy, but the fact that the movie isn’t in theaters until June 2019 really shows you how long it takes to make a movie like this.
Woman To Lead New Men In Black Trilogy
Laurie MacDonald and Walter Parkes have announced they are working on a new Men in Black trilogy. They’ve haven’t really discussed any details on it and most think Will Smith won’t be back. The producers told BBC in a recent interview that the newest film will have a female agent leading the team.
Knight Of Cups Trailer
Christian Bale and Natalie Portman star in this Knight of Cups, in theaters on March 4, 2016.
Jennifer Lawrence To Make Directing Debut
Scott Stapp Of Creed Reviews Creed