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This week’s MoviePass Member Top 5 has a refreshing look with 4/5 featured films making their list debut. From action to fantasy, we saw it all this weekend.

#1 FREE FIRE

Synopsis: Justine brokers a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen and a gang led by Vernon and Ord, who intend to sell them a stash of guns. But when shots fire during the handover, complete pandemonium ensues, with everyone at the scene suddenly thrust into a heart-stopping game of survival.

Claiming the top spot this week is Free Fire, coming in with 17.05% of member check-ins. The fact that this film claims the #1 slot is a shock to absolutely no one; between acclaimed filmmaker Ben Wheatley at the helm, an exciting action-driven promo, and an executive producer title by Martin Scorsese, this film was bound to claim viewers’ attention. It did relatively well with the critics, scoring 66% on Rotten Tomatoes. It had an opening box office of$1,039,612.00. This film also features one of our favorite Oscar winning actresses, Brie Larson.

James Berardinelli of ReelViews gives the film 3/4 stars stating, “For those who don’t mind a little blood & gore and a lot of profanity, Free Fire is a superior alternative to the big-name, bloated action films hogging the largest screens in most multiplexes.” Other critics disagree, stating that the film is a Tarantino knock-off. Adam Graham of Detroit News writes that the film is, “An exhausting, masturbatory, self-indulgent Tarantino facsimile.” This is not to say that the film can’t be good. Who’s to say that Tarantino did not start a whole new genre? What do you think?

#2 THE LOST CITY OF Z

Synopsis: At the dawn of the 20th century, British explorer Percy Fawcett journeys into the Amazon, where he discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment, which views indigenous populations as savages, the determined Fawcett, supported by his devoted wife, son, and aide-de-camp, returns to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case.

In the second spot this week is a film that did really well on the relatively hard-to-please film review site, Rotten Tomatoes, coming in with 9.79% of all member check-ins is The Lost City of Z. The movie also managed to score 87% on the previously mentioned Rotten Tomatoes, a score that is nothing to shake your head at. This film appeals to many, not only is it based on a true story, but its source material is a novel. And in times that many would say are dark, some could argue that a little “escapism” is a welcome relief.

Not everyone would agree with this, however. James Berardinelli of ReelViews states, “Although The Lost City of Z held my interest, it felt like a missed opportunity. Like too many biographical movies, this one tries to do too much.” That’s not to say that one bad review cancels out many other positive reviews, with other critics stating the opposite; such as Stephanie Merry of Washington Post stating, “The movie is long, but never slow, even as it leaves ample time to survey the breathtaking vistas captured by cinematographer Darius Khondji.”

#3 UNFORGETTABLE

Synopsis: Barely coping with the end of her marriage, Tessa Connover learns that her ex-husband, David, is now happily engaged to Julia. Trying to settle into her new life, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her forget her troubled past. Soon, Tessa’s jealousy starts to consume her, and she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s paradise into the ultimate nightmare.

In the third spot this week is Unforgettable, the juicy new wife on ex-wife thriller, claiming 9.37% of all member check-ins. With a leading actress as big as Rosario Dawson, it’s curious to see why this film only scored a disappointing 25% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie opened with a box office of $4,805,000.00, and we can’t quite figure out what went wrong. Was it the R-rating that could seemingly be a teenage boy’s ultimate dream? Or was it the over-campiness of the plot? It’s hard to tell and unfortunately for this film, the critics seemed to agree.

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone writes, “Unforgettable is definitely the wrong title for a movie you want to erase from your memory the second it ends.” Not everyone, was so quick to put down the film, however, with Katie Walsh of Los Angeles Times stating, “It’s a uniquely feminine kind of villainy, and Di Novi and Heigl understand it implicitly in order to execute it perfectly.” Are these ladies forward thinking or do they bring women back centuries? Leave us a comment with your thoughts below!

#4 THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

 

Synopsis: With Dom and Letty married, Brian and Mia retired and the rest of the crew exonerated, the globe-trotting team has found some semblance of a normal life. They soon face an unexpected challenge when a mysterious woman named Cipher forces Dom to betray them all. Now, they must unite to bring home the man who made them a family and stop Cipher from unleashing chaos.

After claiming the number one spot last week, it’s no surprise that The Fate of the Furious is back on our list for the second week in a row. With its seemingly endless sequels, die-hard fan following, and countless action sequences, the Fast and the Furious franchise is a certified hit. F8 continues to do the same, scoring a decent score of 66% among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and claiming 9.35% of all member check-ins this past weekend.

David Sims from The Atlantic offers, “The Fate of the Furious offers everything you might want from the series…” The other side argues that it might not be the most… uh… artistic film of the year, including Michael Phillips of Chicago Tribune stating, “It’ll make its billion. That’s what it was designed to do.” Are you an F8 fan? Have you been holding onto this franchise from the beginning? What are your thoughts?

#5 Disneynature‘s Born in China 

Synopsis: From frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest, filmmaker Lu Chuan follows the adventures of three animal families in China: the majestic panda, the savvy golden monkey and the elusive snow leopard.

Last but certainly not least, is Disneynature’s Born in China, with 7.31% of all member check-ins this past weekend. This film operates the way that all of the other Disneynature films operate, beautiful shots of animal wildlife, a personified plot, and a fun A-list narrator (this time it’s lovable and goofy John Krasinski. In the past, we were blessed with stars such as Tina Fey, Meryl Streep, John C. Reilly, Patrick Stewart, etc.). The film scored very well on Rotten Tomatoes, with 81%, which is not the best that a Disneynature film has ever done on the website, but still, pretty impressive. 

Critics agree, including Adam Graham of Detroit News stating, “‘Born in China’ won’t teach you everything there is to know about pandas, snow leopards or snub-nosed monkeys, and its storylines feel manipulated by the Disney machine. But darned if it doesn’t make you say ‘aww.'” Other critics seemed to be upset for similar reasons, including Simon Abrams of RogerEbert.com stating, “The film doesn’t offer anything new, and doesn’t stop pushing ‘Family’ until even the cutest animal seems to be lecturing you to listen to your parents.” Whether you’re super into these films or not, there’s no arguing that these animals are adorable.

IN THEATERS THIS WEEK

So, what are we watching this week? The end of April brings a few promising films. We’ll start with the Emma Watson-Tom Hanks sci-fi drama, The Circle. Then, for a little comic relief, we’ll follow it up with How To Be a Latin Lover. Finally, we’ll round things out with the Blumhouse Production, Sleight.

THE CIRCLE

Synopsis: Mae Holland (Emma Watson) seizes the opportunity of a lifetime when she lands a job with the world’s most powerful technology and social media company. Encouraged by the company’s founder (Tom Hanks), Mae joins a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes soon starts to affect the lives and futures of her friends, family and that of humanity.

 

HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER

Synopsis: Maximo (Eugenio Derbez) gets the surprise of his life when his wealthy, 80-year-old wife dumps him for a younger car salesman. Forced out of his mansion, he must now move in with his estranged sister Sara (Salma Hayek) and her nerdy but adorable son Hugo (Raphael Alejandro). Anxious to return to the lap of luxury, Maximo hatches a scheme to seduce a widowed billionaire (Raquel Welch) and live the high life once again.

SLEIGHT

Synopsis: After his mother’s death, a young street magician (Jacob Latimore) turns to dealing drugs at parties to support his little sister. When she is kidnapped by his supplier, he uses his sleight of hand and keen intelligence to find her.

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