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Summer Blockbuster Season is officially here! Awww yeah! While everyone else is packing for their swimsuits and sun tan lotion, we’re carrying our MoviePass card and a sweater for that theater AC. So what if all of your friends are tanning, while you’re tucked away in the dark? You’ll have plenty of great company.

#1: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

Synopsis: Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter’s parentage is revealed.

Let’s be honest: we’re not at all shocked by this week’s #1. With 3 years since the first installment, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. And the box office numbers don’t lie. With a weekend domestic gross of $145.05 million, the sequel debuted at #1, ousting The Fate of the Furious from the top spot. Worldwide, it brought in an additional $282.6 million, for a total earnings of $427.65 million! Not only did the film perform well at the box office, but it also had a stellar performance among MoviePass members, accounting for 48.03% of this weekend’s check-ins!!

And now, we get to the critical reviews, though how important are they when it comes to a film like Guardians? As long as the audience loves it, who cares about the critical reception? However, if you’re curious, the film holds a strong 81% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Jonathan L. Fischer of Slate writes, “Three years later, Gunn (Slither, Super) has preserved the rib-poking, scowl-destroying, rainbow-hued verve of his first Guardians movie.” On the other hand, Anthony Lane of The New Yorker writes, “Let’s hope that Vol. 3 recaptures the fizz of the original, instead of slumping into the most expensive group-therapy session in the universe. Stop looking over your shoulders, guys.” So, does Vol. 2 keep the magic of the original, or does it fizzle out? With an audience score of 90%, we’re inclined to believe that the sequel keeps things energized.

#2: 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.

At #2 on our list is the Emma Watson-Tom Hanks thriller, The Circle, which claims 6.94% of check-ins. In its second weekend in theaters, the film earned $4.02 million, bringing its total domestic gross to $15.7 million on an $18 million budget. The film’s lackluster box office performance is, in part, due to its competition. With films such as The Fate of the Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, it’s pretty difficult for smaller features to dominate the box office.

So, how has The Circle faired critically? Uh…not well. With a 16% score on Rotten Tomatoes and a 25% audience score, the film has had a rough time during its theatrical run. Giving it 2.5/4 stars, Movie Nation writes, “It’s smarter than its Tomatometer suggests, than many critics are letting on.” On the other hand, David Sims of The Atlantic writes, “Audiences might indeed be nervous about the future of the internet. But The Circle, in the end, has nothing remotely interesting to say about their fears.” So, is the film smart and insightful? Or, is it unoriginal and uninteresting? You know that we’ll always urge you to take a chance.

#3: HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER

Synopsis: Maximo 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 and her nerdy but adorable son Hugo. Anxious to return to the lap of luxury, Maximo hatches a scheme to seduce a widowed billionaire and live the high life once again.

Claiming this week’s #3 spot is the “sexy” comedy, How to Be a Latin Lover. With 3.88% of this weekend’s check-ins, the film maintains its #3 ranking on our list, for the second week in a row. Domestically, the feature has fallen from #2 to #4 with a weekend gross of $5.25 million. To date, the movie’s earned $20.65 million.

How to Be a Latin Lover is another film that hasn’t faired well critically, with a 45% score on Rotten Tomatoes. However, viewers seem to enjoy it with an audience score of 76%. Among the positive reviews is one from Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter who writes that there are “a number of inspired moments on display in Chris Spain and Jon Zack’s screenplay, which have been enthusiastically embraced by the cast of good sports.” On the other hand, Susan Wloszczyna of RogerEbert.com writes, “Ultimately, “How to Be a Latin Lover” doesn’t know how to be a comedy—at least not a 21st century one that can get away with dopey double entendres while promoting the importance of family ties over money.” With Eugenio Derbez (known widely in Mexico) in the lead role, you really can’t lose.

#4: THE DINNER

Synopsis: As two couples dine at an upscale restaurant, their polite discourse disguises the fact that they are struggling with weighty family issues.

At #4 on our list is the mystery/drama, The Dinner starring Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, Laura Linney, and Rebecca Hall. Though it boasts an impressive cast,  it’s interesting to see this film make our MoviePass Member Top 5, since it’s a smaller indie feature. In this, its debut weekend, the film earned $755k, among 505 theaters.

Critically, The Dinner has received pretty polarizing reviews, with a 53% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone Magazine, gives the film an impressive 3.5/4 stars writing, “It’s a gripping psychological thriller with a sting in its tail.” On the other hand, Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times gives the feature a negative review stating, “the story…takes so long to unveil its secrets that they emerge with far less force than they should.” Gripping or flat? We’d argue that the cast is everything for this feature. So, that alone, should be enough to swipe your MoviePass card.

 #5: 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. 

Closing out this week’s MoviePass Member Top 5 is the indie gem, Sleight, which claims 3.22% of this weekend’s member check-ins. In its second weekend in theaters, the fantasy/sci-fi flick earned $743k, maintaining its #14 placement at the domestic box office. To date, the movie’s grossed $2.98 million on a $250k budget.

Not only has the film faired well at the domestic box office, but it has also faired well among critics, with a 74% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Amy Nicholson of MTV News gives the film a solid B stating, “Sleight is quiet, almost naturalistic, even when Bo is stopping bullets with his bare hand. To Dillard, none of this is cool.” On the other hand, Roger Moore of Movie Nation gives a negative review writing, “‘Sleight’ still trips up over its own plot devices.” We give the film an A for creativity. That’s gotta be worth something.

IN THEATERS THIS WEEK

Who doesn’t love an epic legend on the big screen? Like everyone else, this weekend, we’re definitely watching King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Then, to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend, we’ll be sure to see the Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn comedy, Snatched. Finally, we’ll close things out with the Blumhouse drama, Lowriders. 

 KING ARTHUR

Synopsis: When young Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down, and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy whether he likes it or not.

SNATCHED

Synopsis: Dumped by her boyfriend on the eve of their vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton persuades her cautious mother, Linda, to accompany her on an exotic getaway to South America. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda must soon work through their differences to escape from a wildly outrageous and dangerous jungle adventure.

LOWRIDERS

Synopsis: A teenage graffiti artist (Gabriel Chavarria) paints murals on the hoods of lowrider cars to help his older brother (Theo Rossi) win an upcoming competition.

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