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It’s official: summer is winding dooooooown! We’ll miss the sun, the BBQ, the beaches, and most of all, the films. We’re in that summer slump where our favorite movies have come and (almost) gone. So, how are we bidding summer adieu?

#1: THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD

Synopsis: The world’s top protection agent is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hit men. The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their journey from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator who is out for blood.

Kicking off this week’s MoviePass Top 5 is the action-comedy, The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Accounting for 21.59% of weekend check-ins, the film’s performance on our list is mirrored at the domestic box office. Earning $21.38 million during opening weekend, the feature claims the top spot in the country. Critically, The Hitman’s Bodyguard has received lukewarm reviews, with a few positive ones to add a bit of sunshine. Giving it a 7/10 rating, Jackie K. Cooper of the Huffington Post writes, “The trailer doesn’t prepare you for the entertainment this film provides. It is funnier than you think, more exciting than you think, and more over the top entertaining than you think it will be.” Samuel L. Jackson + Ryan Reynolds + Salma Hayek = a damn good time! So, if you haven’t already, give that MoviePass card a swipe for The Hitman’s Bodyguard.

#2: LOGAN LUCKY

Synopsis: West Virginia family man Jimmy Logan teams up with his one-armed brother Clyde and sister Mellie to steal money from the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Jimmy also recruits demolition expert Joe Bang to help them break into the track’s underground system. Complications arise when a mix-up forces the crew to pull off the heist during a popular NASCAR race while also trying to dodge a relentless FBI agent.

At #2 on our list is Logan Lucky, director Steven Soderbergh’s first feature in 4 years. After taking a break from cinema, the iconic filmmaker returns with a remixed-heist film. Filled with movie stars, country accents, and bad luck, Logan Lucky keeps you laughing beginning to end. In a glowing review, Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out New York writes, “director Steven Soderbergh returns to making features with a crime comedy that plays like a valentine to some of his most beloved, effervescent triumphs.” Though arguably comparable in star power, Logan Lucky comes in third at the weekend box office, where it grossed $8.05 million on a $29 million budget. Among MoviePass members, it claims 13.14% of check-ins.

#3: ANNABELLE: CREATION

Synopsis: Former toy maker Sam Mullins and his wife, Esther, are happy to welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. Years earlier, the couple’s 7-year-old daughter Annabelle died in a tragic car accident. Terror soon strikes when one child sneaks into a forbidden room and finds a seemingly innocent doll that appears to have a life of its own.

Claiming the #3 spot on this week’s MoviePass Top 5 is the horror flick, Annabelle: Creation. With 9.50% of member check-ins, the feature has fallen two spots since last week’s debut. Domestically, it maintains a strong box office standing at #2, earning $15.5 million this weekend. To date, it has grossed $162.7 million worldwide on a $15 million budget. In other words, it has done what Blumhouse features do best: it’s grossed a massive amount of money on a small budget. Critically, Annabelle: Creation has received solid reviews. Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com writes that it “has echoes of the original film, and works more with mood and less with cheap scares…resulting in a truly effective genre flick.” For those who don’t love the horror genre, Annabelle: Creation gives you all the more reason to hop onboard, contributing to the cannon of well-done horror flicks like Don’t BreatheLights Out, and The Conjuring.

#4: WIND RIVER

Synopsis: An FBI agent teams up with a veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.

For the indie film lover in the room, you’ll love this next pick. After penning the critically acclaimed Hell or High Water and Sicario, writer Taylor Sheridan returns with his directorial debut, Wind River. Claiming 6.18% of member check-ins during its third weekend in theaters, the film experienced a boost in popularity among members and the general public. After expanding to an additional 649 theaters (up from 45), the film jumped from #20 to #10 at the domestic box office, earning $2.98 million this weekend. Winning the Directing Prize of Un Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Wind River has racked up critical acclaim. Christopher Orr of The Atlantic writes, “Sheridan’s dialogue is once again sharp and understated, and he shows an aptitude with his cast.” If there’s one thing you should know, it’s this: never sleep on anything that Taylor Sheridan does. It’s likely to make its way to the Academy Awards.

#5: DUNKIRK

Closing out this week’s list is the Christopher Nolan epic, Dunkirk. Claiming 5.67% of member check-ins, the film has maintained a position on our list since its release 5 weeks ago. And with such a prominent director at the helm, it’s not hard to see why. Nolan has an extensive portfolio of critically acclaimed and financially successful films and Dunkirk is no exception. Earning $6.62 million this weekend, it currently holds the #4 spot at the domestic box office where it has grossed $165.43 million. Worldwide, the film has earned a whopping $395.13 million on a $100 million budget. In a glowing review, Anthony Lane of The New Yorker writes, “The movie works. Time and again, the action swells and dips, like a wave, then suddenly delivers a salty slap in the face.” Did we really expect anything less?

IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND

This weekend, it’s pretty low key on the cinema scene. For a little family-friendly fun, we’ll start things off with Leap!. Then, we’ll
follow it up with the quieter film, Beach Rats. 

LEAP!

Synopsis: Paris, 1884. An orphaned girl arrives in Paris from Brittany. Félicie Milliner is 11 and has no money but one big, passionate dream: to become a dancer. With nothing left to lose, Félicie takes a big risk: she ‘borrows’ a spoiled brats identity and enters the Opera Ballet School. But how long can she be someone else? Mentored by the tough and mysterious cleaner, Odette , Félicie learns that talent is not enough – it takes hard work to be better than her ruthless, conniving fellow students. That and friendship. Felicie’s inventive, exhausting and charismatic best friend Victor also has a dream: becoming a famous inventor. Together, they both encourage each other to reach for the stars.

BEACH RATS

Synopsis: An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn is having a miserable summer. With his father on his deathbed and his mother wanting him to find a girlfriend, Frankie escapes the bleakness of his life by causing trouble with his delinquent friends and flirting with older men online. When his chatting and webcamming intensifies, he finally starts hooking up with guys at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman.

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  1. Would love if someone responded to my request to enroll in the premium membership in this Denver test market for IMAX/3D. I know it’s available b/c people have sent me screenshots there’s an option now so hopefully my plan can be upgraded soon. thanks!

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