By Jordan Peterson | @thefilmmajor
It’s summer all year round at the box office. At least that’s how it feels most weekends nowadays (especially when you work at a movie theater). Though oddly enough this weekend won’t see the release of any new big budget spectacles like Ready Player One, there is still plenty to get excited about. Let’s dive in, shall we?
A Quiet Place
This film has been receiving some not-so-quiet buzz coming out of the festivals circuit. Currently sitting at 100% on the Tomatometer, A Quiet Place tells the story of a small family attempting to live life in total silence should they fall prey to mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. The film is directed by star John Krasinski and co-stars Krasinski’s real-life spouse Emily Blunt.
Director: John Krasinski Rating: R (for terror and some bloody images) Running time: 90 Minutes
Comedies of the last few years have not been very good. Of course there have been a few notable exceptions, but we’ve mostly been getting more Rough Night’s and The House’s than GirlsTrips. The new year started off pretty strong with the more than serviceable Game Night (starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams) and by the looks of it, 2018 could have another winner on its hands with Blockers. The film stars comedy vet Leslie Mann and crowd favorite John Cena as a married couple who learn of a pact their daughter has made to lose her virginity on prom night and try to intervene.
Director: Kay Cannon Rating: R (or crude and sexual content, and language throughout, drug content, teen partying, and some graphic nudity) Running time: 102 Minutes
If historical dramas are more your thing, look no further than Chappaquiddick. The film centers around a mysterious car accident involving Senator Ted Kennedy that left a young woman dead. Of the new releases, Chappaquiddick boasts the most impressive cast, including Jason Clarke (as Ted Kennedy), Kate Mara, Ed Helms, and Bruce Dern.
Director: John Curran Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material, disturbing images, some strong language, and historical smoking) Running time: 101 Minutes
The Miracle Season
Maybe you’re more in the mood for an inspirational sports flick? If so, then you might want to check out The Miracle Season. Based on the bittersweet true story about a high school girls’ volleyball team who rallies together to try to win the state championship following the untimely passing of their star player and captain.
Director: Season McNamara Running time: 90 Minutes Rating: PG (for some thematic elements)
Those are the films opening to a wide release this week. Are you excited to check any of them out? Let me know in the comments below. I want to hear from you!