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Things are heatin’ up and we ain’t talkin’ about the weather! With films like Baby DriverThe Beguiled, and The Big Sick making this week’s MoviePass Member Top 5, the summer film slate is scorching hot. And we’re all too excited to feel the burn. So, let’s jump into things!

#1: BABY DRIVER 

Synopsis: Talented getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After meeting the woman (Lily James) of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break. Coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), Baby must face the music as a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

This week’s #1 film comes as no surprise. Opening to critical praise at this year’s SXSW, Baby Driver quickly established itself as one of the summer’s must-see movies. With director Edgar Wright at the helm, there wasn’t a doubt in our minds that the feature would live up to his previous work (Three Flavours Cornetto TrilogyScott Pilgrim vs. The World). And damn, our anticipation paid off! Despite a Wednesday release, Baby Driver still claims 30.05% of this weekend’s member check-ins! Though it debuted at #2 domestically, with a gross of $21 million, it’s garnering box office buzz, performing better than analysts initially anticipated. Since its Wednesday release, the film has earned $36.83 million on a $34 million budget.

Baby Driver is eating up critical praise with a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone Magazine writes, “Now this is what I call a summer movie. Baby Driver has it all: thrills, laughs, sex, nonstop action, a killer soundtrack, a star-making performance from Ansel Elgort and a director – Edgar Wright – who can knock the wind out of you.” Consider us winded.

#2: DESPICABLE ME 3

Synopsis: The mischievous Minions hope that Gru will return to a life of crime after the new boss of the Anti-Villain League fires him. Instead, Gru decides to remain retired and travel to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother for the first time. The reunited siblings soon find themselves in an uneasy alliance to take down the elusive Balthazar Bratt, a former 1980s child star who seeks revenge against the world.

At #2 on our list is the animated feature, Despicable Me 3. The third installment in this family-friendly franchise claims 13.01% of this weekend’s member check-ins, less than half that of Baby Driver. However, the domestic box office tells a different tale. In its opening weekend, the film earned a whopping $75.4 million domestically, giving it the #1 spot. Overseas ticket sales bring its worldwide gross to $192.3 million, showing that our soft-hearted villain, Gru, is internationally loved.

With a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 63%, the film hasn’t faired as well among critics as its predecessors. In a positive review, Andy Lea of the Daily Express writes, “It feels a lot less focused than the first two films but it’s big-hearted and consistently amusing.” On the other hand, Brian Lowry of CNN.com writes, “The cleverness that characterized the original film…feels seriously diluted this time around.” It’s always a good time with Gru and the crew. So, we’re likely to believe that the third time is still a charm!

#3: THE BEGUILED

Synopsis: Cpl. John McBurney is an injured Union soldier who finds himself on the run as a deserter during the Civil War. He seeks refuge at an all-female Southern boarding school where the teachers and students seem more than willing to help. Soon, sexual tensions lead to dangerous rivalries as the women tend to his wounded leg while offering him comfort and companionship.

Claiming this week’s #3 spot is the Cannes award-winner, The Beguiled. With 11.39% of member check-ins, the film has captured filmgoers’ attention, especially with Sofia Coppola at the helm. During its second weekend in theaters, the indie gem has risen in rankings, jumping from #22 to #8. An expansion to an additional 670 theaters (compared to only 4 during its opening weekend), definitely explains the improvement in performance. A wider release helped the film earn $3.26 million domestically this weekend, compared to its 229k opening weekend gross.

Coppola’s Cannes win says it all: The Beguiled is definitely a favorite among critics. With a 77% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the period piece has been described as “Coppola’s bloodiest, most visceral movie to date, and it is also one of her best, ” by Julia Cooper of The Globe and Mail. In a less than favorable review, Matt Brunson of Creative Loafing writes, ” The old axiom states that one should ‘write what you know,’ but in Coppola’s case, that’s proving to be unfortunate career advice.” To add a bit of context, the feature has drawn mixed reviews among audiences, with a 55% score. However, you know these reviews are never a deterrent for us. At the very least, the movie is definitely a conversation starter.

#4: THE HOUSE

Synopsis: Scott and Kate Johansen must figure out a way to earn some money after their daughter’s scholarship falls through. When all else fails, the desperate couple join forces with their neighbor Frank to start an underground casino in his home. As the cash rolls in and the good times fly, Scott and Kate soon learn that they may have bitten off more than they can chew.

At #4 on our list is the Will Ferrell-Amy Poehler comedy, The House. Among members, the film earned 9.00% of check-ins. Domestically, the feature debuted at #6 grossing $9 million and an additional $2.7 million overseas. Critically? The film hasn’t faired well. With a 19% score on Rotten Tomatoes, one of the more positive reviews comes from A.O. Scott of The New York Times who writes, “there is something admirable in a movie that examines some of the worst aspects of modern American life with blunt, good-humored honesty.” On the other hand, Katie Walsh of the Los Angeles Times states, “Instead of writing actual characters, they’ve hired a gaggle of beloved comedians to do bits based on stereotype and persona, and have concocted a cockamamie suburban crime story that manages to be both bizarre and incredibly thin.” Ferrell and Poehler? Sign us up! There’s bound to be a few good laughs.

#5: THE BIG SICK

Synopsis: Kumail is a Pakistani comic who meets an American graduate student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. When Emily suddenly comes down with an illness that leaves her in a coma, Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her deeply concerned mother and father.

Rounding out this week’s MoviePass Member Top 5 is a highly anticipated indie gem (yay!). With 5.05% of member check-ins, The Big Sick makes its first appearance on our list. At the domestic box office, the film has climbed from #18 to #12, earning $1.67 million in its second weekend in theaters. Once again, expansion to an additional 66 theaters (from a mere 5) would explain the boom. And strong critical reviews could explain the expansion. With a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is slaying critics and filmgoers alike (91% audience score). Angie Han of Mashable writes, “while the promise of all this tearjerking – hilarity-induced and otherwise – might sound kind of daunting, the magic of The Big Sick is that it all goes down easy.” Heartfelt, comedic, tear-jerking romance? No wonder why this film is winning crowds over. We could all use a little summer romance, right?

IN THEATERS THIS WEEK

Superheroes and ghosts! We’re too amped about Spider-Man: Homecoming. Hell, we may even have to don our spider-man costumes on opening night. Then, the rest of the weekend is a bit more low-key. We’re watching the Casey Affleck-Rooney Mara flick, A Ghost Story. What can we say? Director David Lowery makes us swoon. Finally, we’re finishing the weekend with the highly-acclaimed, City of Ghosts. Be sure to follow our Spotify playlist for a chance to win a signed poster from the film’s director!

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

Synopsis: Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

A GHOST STORY

Synopsis: Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife, only to find that in his spectral state, he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence.

CITY OF GHOSTS

Synopsis: Syrian rebels who call themselves Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently risk their lives to document the atrocities committed by ISIS in their homeland.

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