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As we delve deeper into the summer film season, we’re bound to encounter a few reboots. After all, the source material is usually a movie that has gained some sort of pop culture status, making it the perfect reboot material. In March, the film world gave us Kong: Skull Island (thank you!) and last weekend, it brought us The Mummy, but that’s not all. This weekend, we got a heavy dose of indie cinema, too, with each of the film’s pretty critically acclaimed. Let’s take a look at the films that make this week’s MoviePass Top 5.

#1: THE MUMMY

Synopsis: Nick Morton is a soldier of fortune who plunders ancient sites for timeless artifacts and sells them to the highest bidder. When Nick and his partner come under attack in the Middle East, the ensuing battle accidentally unearths Ahmanet, a betrayed Egyptian princess who was entombed under the desert for thousands of years. With her powers constantly evolving, Morton must now stop the resurrected monster as she embarks on a furious rampage through the streets of London.

Starting off this week’s MoviePass Top 5 is the Tom Cruise feature flick, The Mummy. Claiming 28.67% of member check-ins, this reboot of the 1999 film (starring Brendan Fraser & Rachel Weisz) kicks off Universal Picture’s Dark Universe, a cinematic world that also includes characters like The Bride of Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll. Unfortunately, The Mummy’s box office presents a weak introduction to the this monster series. In its opening weekend, the film debuted at #2, earning $32.25 million domestically. Overseas, the movie performed significantly better with a box office of $141.8 million. Worldwide, the feature has grossed $174.05 million on a $125 million budget. 

Let’s be honest, reboots are always iffy territory, especially when the original is considered a classic or worthy of cult status. Is 1999’s The Mummy, a cult film? Kinda…We mean, it did spawn a sequel, cartoon, and The Scorpion King spin-off (do you smell what The Rock is cooking?!). Critically, the original film isn’t exactly a masterpiece with a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 58%. However, it definitely outperforms its 2017 reboot, which holds a score of 17% on the critic aggregator site. David Edelstein of Vulture writes, “The Mummy is not your usual lousy movie. It has been made with skill and hits its marks. But those marks are so low and so brazenly mercenary that it doesn’t feel like much of an achievement.” On the other hand, Frank Wilkins of Reel Reviews writes, “The Mummy’s script, from writers David Koepp and Christopher McQuarrie, does an excellent job of injecting the story with plenty of nightmarish scares and tons of self-aware enjoyment. And it’s pretty darn funny too.” Hmmmm…..At least these critics agree that the film demonstrates some sorta skill. We’d love to hear what you guys think.

#2: IT COMES AT NIGHT

Synopsis: Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, the tenuous order a man (Joel Edgerton) has established with his wife and son is put to the ultimate test with the arrival of a desperate family seeking refuge. Despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia and mistrust boil over as the horrors outside creep ever-closer, awakening something hidden and monstrous within the man as he learns that the protection of his family comes at the cost of his soul.

At #2 on our list is the A24 (damn, we love ’em) horror hybrid, It Comes at Night. With a cast that includes the talented Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, and Christopher Abbot, the flick accounts for 20.79% of this weekend’s member check-ins. For an indie feature, this feat is pretty freakin’ impressive, but not completely unexpected. After all, A24 brought us Ex MachinaThe Witch, and the Oscar-winning Moonlight. With such a reputable company behind it, as well as glowing critical reviews (86% score on Rotten Tomatoes)It Comes at Night is a pretty appealing pick. David Sims of The Atlantic writes, “That’s It Comes at Night—a fairly straightforward post-apocalyptic story, tightly focused on human torment, but suffused with surprising, undeniably atmospheric sights and sounds.” We’d have to agree with Sims. The film is definitely atmospheric, immersing the audience in its spooky, unnerving world, ultimately, making it a pretty gripping watch. However, despite its critical appeal, filmgoers seemed disappointed, resulting in an audience score of 43%. Perhaps, a somewhat slow pace and a lack of outright terror are the culprits. In any case, we’d argue that It Comes at Night creeps up on you. FYI: be sure to sleep with the lights on.

#3: WONDER WOMAN

Synopsis: Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

Holding a spot on our list for the 2nd week in a row is the critically-lauded, box office smash, Wonder Woman. With 13.43% of this weekend’s check-ins, the superhero flick may claim the #3 spot on our MoviePass Top 5, but it’s still dominating the domestic box office. During its second weekend in theaters, the film earned $57.18 million domestically. To date, the film has a worldwide gross of $435.2 million on a $149 million production budget! According to Forbes, this weekend’s earnings are pretty significant, representing a relatively small decline (for a superhero movie) from week 1 to week 2. So, you can definitely expect Wonder Woman to continue to kick ass in the coming weeks.

#4: MEGAN LEAVEY

Synopsis: The true life story of Megan Leavey, a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with a military combat dog saved many lives during her deployment in Iraq. Assigned to clean up the K-9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey starts to identify with Rex, a particularly aggressive dog that she trains. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex complete more than 100 missions until an improvised explosive device injures both, putting their fates in jeopardy.

 

At #4 on our list is the Kate Mara feature, Megan Leavey. Claiming 7.82% of member check-ins, this canine-buddy drama makes its list debut. During this, its opening weekend, the film earned $3.77 million domestically, giving it the #8 spot. Critically, this indie-gem is raking in the positive reviews with an 80% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Giving it 3.5/4 stars, Sheila O’Malley of RogerEbert.com writes, “Based on a true story, ‘Megan Leavey’ is that rare breed: a war movie that actually shows something new about war, a sub-culture within a familiar sub-culture, the world of the military’s K-9 units. For that alone, it should be applauded.” We’d agree. The film fuses the war drama with a heartwarming tale of friendship, guaranteed to make any dog-lover hug the canine in their life. In a more negative review of the film, Thelma Adams of the New York Observer writes, “Crucial narrative tension is sorely lacking here.” Even if narrative tension is lacking, the tears definitely aren’t. So, if you’re in the mood for a bit of catharsis, be sure to bring your tissues.

#5: MY COUSIN RACHEL

Synopsis: Philip is a young Englishman who finds his cousin Ambrose dead after traveling to Florence, Italy. He vows revenge against Ambrose’s missing wife Rachel, blaming her for his untimely demise. When Philip meets Rachel for the first time, his mood suddenly changes as he finds himself falling for her seductive charm and beauty. As his obsession for her grows, Rachel now hatches a scheme to win back her late husband’s estate from the unsuspecting Philip.

Closing out our MoviePass Top 5 is another acclaimed indie feature: My Cousin Rachel. Starring Academy Award winner, Rachel Weisz, the film is an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name. It’s worth noting that in 1952, the novel was previously adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton. The current adaptation has also received pretty solid critical reviews with a 73% score on Rotten Tomatoes.  April Wolfe of L.A Weekly writes, “Tense and at times downright frightening, My Cousin Racheltells the story of an irresistible woman whose charms take down the male wing of a family, driving its members to madness.” On the other hand, Oliver Jones of the New York Observer writes, “Unfortunately, [director] Michell’s approach ultimately feels too polite for a story meant to veer between anger, lust, and madness.” We’re always up for a good period piece and anything with Rachel Weisz, but definitely let us know your thoughts!

IN THEATERS THIS WEEK

ALL EYEZ ON ME

Synopsis: The true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.), from his early days in New York to his status as one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices. Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mindset establish him as a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his death.

ROUGH NIGHT

Synopsis: Five best friends (Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Zoë Kravitz, Ilana Glazer, Kate McKinnon) from college reunite 10 years later for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their hard partying takes a hilariously dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Amid the craziness of trying to cover it up, they’re ultimately brought closer together when it matters most.

CARS 3

Synopsis: Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast cars, the legendary Lighting McQueen finds himself pushed out of the sport that he loves. Hoping to get back in the game, he turns to Cruz Ramirez, an eager young technician who has her own plans for winning. With inspiration from the Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns, No. 95 prepares to compete on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage.

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