Happy Canada Day, and while I’d love to do a tribute to our finest Canadians in film, today also marks an important day of the year! We’re half way through 2015! Out of nowhere this year just sped away and now we’re left in the middle of summer with blockbusters coming at us left and right. We’re also half way done the movie year so I thought it would be a good thing to look back and see what rocked the box office, stirred a little controversy, and made movie news in the first six months of 2015.
You guessed it! Furious 7 is still number one at the box office, beating Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 and leaving the social media horror film Unfriended at number three. This is the film’s third week at number one, earning a whopping gross of 1.15 Billion worldwide. That puts it at the 7th highest grossing movie of all time! That’s pretty insane considering it’s a seventh installment but I’m guessing everyone just wants to find out what happens to Paul Walker. As the week continues only time will tell if it will continue to climb that ladder. But that’s all old news, here’s what’s out this week.
The Age of Adaline stars Blake Lively and a dramatic Harrison Ford in a sweet Benjamin Button type drama about a woman from the early 20th century who becomes immortal after an accident and doesn’t age. She spends most of her life in solitude but meets a man that may cause her to age when she starts to fall in love. It looks fairly traditional and dare I say cheesy, but these romances often do us good. From the trailer, it looks like nothing new, but if you like sweeping period romances, here’s your chance. Rotten Tomatoes isn’t giving it much love with 55 percent as of now.
The Water Diviner is Russell Crowe’s directorial debut about an Australian man who travels to Turkey to find three missing sons. First of all it’s crazy that Crowe hasn’t directed before since he always struck me as an actor who had specific visions and control, and second, it’s good to see him in straight drama again. After all the flack he took for his singing in Le Misèrables, and his steady stream of action flicks like Broken City, Man of Steel, and the god awful Winter’s Tale, he is once again proving himself as one of the most talented and dedicated actors of this generation. Rotten Tomatoes says 65 percent which is the highest rating of the week.
Adult Beginners is a low budget comedy starring the up and coming Nick Kroll about a struggling entrepreneur who moves in with his pregnant sister, her husband, and their child. The irresponsible loser soon learns something from family life and the through spending time with the kid. It looks pretty standard as far as these types of comedies go, but there is a long list of comedian cameos including SNL’s Bobby Moynihan, 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski, and Joel McHale that could boost the film up. If you want a laugh go ahead, but Rotten Tomatoes is saying 48 percent. Looks pretty stale to me.
Also in theaters, Emily Watson stars in a WWII drama/ comedy called Little Boy while comedian Kevin Pollack explores the link between comedy and misery with a documentary filled with comedian interviews called Misery Loves Comedy. That’s what’s playing for the week of April 24h, happy movie watching.
Now on Goombas Gone Wild, you’ll get weekly reviews and recaps on what movies are coming out this weekend. Sadly, this one might be one of the slowest we’ve seen all year. Maybe that’s just my tastes, but it’s too early for summer blockbusters, and too late for quirky comedies and animation. Continue reading