Weekend Movie Guide: The Revenant, The Forest

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The Revenant and The Forest open in movie theaters around St. Louis this weekend. Point Break and Creed open at Keller 8, while Sicario, Minions and The Walk are among the movies now available to rent at Redbox.

Daddy’s Home and The Hateful Eight premiere at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis this weekend.

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The Revenant and The Forest

Recapping Last Weekend

Star Wars: The Force Awakens took the weekend box office crown for the third consecutive week in the first weekend of 2016. The film brought in $90.2 million to set a record for the largest box office take in a movie’s third weekend of release. Yesterday, it passed Avatar to take the domestic box office record, despite only being in theaters for 20 days.

Force Awakens is still a long shot to top Avatar‘s $2.8 billion worldwide box office record, however. The latter received 72.7 percent of its box office monies from overseas markets. The breakdown for Force Awakens‘s current $1.557 billion worldwide total between domestic and foreign markets is currently at 48.7 percent to 51.3 percent.

Daddy’s Home was in second place over the weekend with a $29.2 million second weekend. The Hateful Eight made $15.7 million in its first weekend of wide release. Sisters fell just 10 percent from its second weekend total to $12.76 million in its third weekend. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip made $12 million in its third weekend of release to round out the top five.

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Opening This Weekend

The Revenant

The Revenant, the new movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and based on the real-life story of Hugh Glass, will not be for the faint of heart. Just as the role was not a cakewalk for DiCaprio to film, it won’t be one for the audience to watch, either.  A review from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer speaks to the on-screen brutality, like the bear attacked that was rumored to be a rape scene filmed with a real bear.

Like what we said last week about The Hateful Eight, be aware going into seeing this film that it clocks in at 2 1/2 hours long. Also, be on the lookout for a scene where Leonardo DiCaprio’s character eats a raw bison liver. Leo really ate part of a raw bison liver.

Todd M. Thatcher predicts a $33.2 million opening at the box office for The Revenant. 

The Revenant trailer

The Forest

The Forest is a horror film opening this weekend based on the stories about terrifying Aokigahara forest outside of Tokyo in Japan. The forest is known as the “Suicide Forest” and it has been reported that 78 people committed suicide there in 2012. It was just last year that another film was released based on Aokigahara. Director Gus Van Sant’s  The Sea of Trees, starring Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts, was greeted with a harsh reception by critics, however. If you want to see a documentary on the infamous forest, check out Aokigahara: Suicide Forest.

Natalie Dormer of Game Of Thrones fame stars in The Forest, the first feature film from director Jason Zada. Taylor Kinney co-stars with Dormer in the film.

Todd M. Thatcher predicts an $8.7 million opening for The Forest at the box office this weekend.

The Forest trailer

Catch It Before It’s Gone

Creed and the Point Break remake both make their way to Keller 8 Cinema in South County this weekend.

It’s a rather embarrassing quick trip to the second-run theaters for Point Break. As of this writing, the remake with a budget of $105 million has spent just twelve days in theaters. It’s made $23.7 million domestically, but has seen 71.1 percent, or $58.4 million, in ticket sales in foreign markets. In pure numbers, it will likely beat the 1991 original’s $83.5 million worldwide take, but it will be far below that one’s $43.2 million domestic haul. In today’s numbers, the 1991 film would have made about $75 million domestically.

A highlight that many have pointed out about the Point Break remake is the presence of the seemingly-impossible stunts performed by real-life extreme sports athletes.

Point Break trailer


If you’ve already seen Point Break 2015 or seeing the extreme stunts on the big screen really isn’t your thing, go see Creed. The script is great. The team of Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler pairs up again after Fruitvale Station and Slyvester Stallone may win an Oscar for his role in the film.

Creed trailer

Make It A Redbox Night

The Walk, Minions, Sicario and The Transporter Refueled are among the movies now available to rent at your local Redbox.

The Walk trailer

Entertainment News

Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence Have Finished Their Comedy Script

Jennifer Lawrence recently told BBC 6 Music that she and Amy Schumer have finished the first draft of the comedy script they are working on. We don’t know much about it other than they’ve revealed that Schumer will play a flight attendant who is good at being an adult and Lawrence will play a character who is not good at being one. Also, J-Law said that she was herself laughing at what the script, which bodes pretty well for the film in my book.

ABC Family Is Now Freeform

Disney has renamed its ABC Family channel. On January 12, ABC Family will become Freeform. The network’s president says the name speaks more to what it is about and its target 14-34 market. ABC Family did take the top spot last season for the women 18-34 demographic.  Some Twitter users have spoken against the name, saying it makes even less sense than its current name.

Season 2 of Daredevil Coming To Netflix March 18, 2016

Netflix announced today that season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil we be available via the steaming service at 12:01 AM PT on March 18, 2016. Season 2 will feature many familiar faces from the first season and also introduce villains The Punisher and Elektra.
The news was announced with a teaser trailer released on Netflix. Watch it below.

Marvel’s Daredevil season 2 teaser trailer


First Fuller House Photos Released

Netflix released the first photos from the set of Netflix’s upcoming Fuller House. The pictures feature the popular characters played on Full House by the likes of Candace Cameron-Bure, Andrea Barber, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier and others.

Fuller House picture featuring Kimmy Gibbler, D.J. and Stephanie.
Credit: Michael Yarish/Netflix, Entertainment Weekly

In a separate video, Candace Cameron-Bure talks about the importance of Andrea Barber returning to portray her Kimmy Gibbler character. The first season of Fuller House is set to hit Netflix on February 26, 2016.

Adam Sandler’s Ridiculous Six Sets Netflix Record

Adam Sandler’s first film in his deal with Netflix is paying off splendidly for the company. Reed Hastings, the company’s CEO, gave a keynote address at 2016 Consumer Electronics Show where he and chief content officer Ted Sarandos sang the praises of Sandler’s film. Despite negative critical reviews, Ridiculous Six has seen more views in its first 30 days on the service than any movie ever, original or licensed. Several outlets were quick to point out that the statement doesn’t really mean all that much. Sandler-haters were also quick to inform others that the world was not ending with the news.

Watch the full Netflix CES 2016 keynote below.

Netflix CES 2016 keynote


DreamWorks Preparing Voltron Reboot Series For Netflix

DreamWorks Animation and Netflix recently announced a new partnership that will covering, among other things, streaming of DWA’s feature films and new content. Among the new content will be a new series based on the 1980s cartoon Voltron and a fantasy series from Guillermo del Toro.

FX’s American Crime Story To Retry O.J. Simpson

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story will debut on FX on February 2, 2016. The 10-episode first series was inspired by Jeffrey Toobin’s The Run of his Life. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays O.J. Simpson in the series while John Travolta plays Robert Shapiro and David Schwimmer will play Robert Kardashian.

The Conjuring 2 Trailer
Warner Bros. Pictures released the first teaser trailer today for The Conjuring 2, set to be released in theaters on June 10, 2016.

The Conjuring 2 trailer


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