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This weekend saw the release of two highly anticipated films: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Snatched, further emphasizing the beginning of the summer film season. Both completely different in nature, the two features went head-to-head at the box office and among MoviePass members.

#1: KING ARTHUR

Synopsis: After the murder of his father, young Arthur’s power-hungry uncle Vortigern seizes control of the crown. Robbed of his birthright, he grows up the hard way in the back alleys of the city, not knowing who he truly is. When fate leads him to pull the Excalibur sword from stone, Arthur embraces his true destiny to become a legendary fighter and leader.

At the top of this week’s list is the latest take on the epic legend of King Arthur. Claiming 24.96% of member check-ins, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is popular among members, despite being described as the “Summer’s First Big Flop” by The Huffington Post. The film’s box office numbers certainly lend credibility to the title. In its opening weekend, King Arthur debuted at a mere #3, earning $14.7 million. In fact, it was bested by the #2 and #3 entries on our list: Snatched and Guardians of the Galaxy. 

With Guy Richie, a blockbuster director, at the helm and a cast that includes Charlie Hunnam in the lead role, it’s hard to accept the critical blows that this film’s endured. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 27%King Arthur is described as “loud, confusing, and a royal mess” by Rolling Stone’s esteemed Peter Travers. On the other hand, moviegoers loved the film which holds an audience score of 79%. In a favorable review, Katy Waldman of Slate writes, “It is almost entirely brainless. It is totally enjoyable.” In a season filled with fun, you had us at “enjoyable.”

#2: 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.

At #2 on our list is the mother-daughter comedy, Snatched, starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. In a close second to King Arthur, the film claims 22.70% of member check-ins. Despite a Mother’s Day weekend release, the film debuted at #2 domestically, earning $17.5 million. Globally, the movie has made $20.7 million on a $42 million budget. 

Despite two strong female leads, Snatched has not faired well critically. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 36%, the film also has an audience score of 34%. Alison Willmore of BuzzFeed writes, Snatched “is a talent-packed, terrifically unfunny movie.” On the other hand, Katherine McLaughlin of The List calls the film a “chaotic, but fun comedy.” With Amy Schumer in the lead role, we find it hard to believe that it’s not worth a few chuckles. So, if you haven’t already, we’d recommend giving Snatched a chance.

#3: 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.

Holding strong on our MoviePass Member Top 5 is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. During its second weekend in theaters, the film claims 13.46% of member check-ins and it’s not hard to see why. With 3 years since the last Guardians, fans were eager to see the next installment. And for those who wanted to escape massive crowds and sold out screenings, a second-weekend screening sounds like a safer bet. Domestically, the film still claims the #1 spot, earning approximately $63 million stateside. To date, the feature has grossed approximately $630 million worldwide!

We all know that among critics and audiences alike, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is earning favorable reviews. Currently, it holds an 81% critical score on Rotten Tomatoes and a 90% audience score. In one of the many positive reviews of the film, Thelma Adams of New York Observer gives it 3.5/4 stars writing, “While Marvel metastasizes as a movie brand, the irreverent Guardians of the Galaxy franchise has become a healthy off-shoot.” On the other hand, Kristen Lopez of The Young Folks writes, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a mixed bag. Fans of the original film will find the humor chuckle-worthy, but much of the film’s uniqueness has worn away.” In any case Guardians is tons of fun! Who doesn’t love a lil’ adventure?

#4: THE WALL

Synopsis: U.S. soldiers Allan “Ize” Isaac and Shane Matthews answer a distress call in the desert of postwar Iraq. Suddenly, gunshots erupt, leaving Shane badly injured and Allan with a bullet in his leg. Forced to take cover behind a crumbling stone wall, Isaac now finds himself in a fight for survival against an unseen sniper who has all of the advantages.

Coming in at #4 is the Amazon Studios release, The Wall, which claims 6.09% of weekend check-ins. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena, The Wall has managed to garner solid critical reviews with a 68% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Bruce Demara of the Toronto Star writes, “The Wall is the best kind of war film, one that expresses both the brutality of combat and the ambiguity of conflict.” On the other hand, Glenn Kenny of RogerEbert.com gives the film 1.5/4 stars stating, “The only satisfying thing about the movie for me was that it answered the question “Can John Cena really act?” with a confident but not too showy ‘Sure.'”In any case, The Wall is a nice reprieve from some of the larger films this season. Domestically, the film debuted at #14 , earning $891.6 K.

 #5: 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.

Finally, for the third week in a row, The Circle claims a spot on our MoviePass Member Top 5. Earning 2.39% of this weekend’s check-ins, the dystopian thriller remains a favorite, despite its critical reviews. To recap, the film holds a 16% score on Rotten Tomatoes, but as you all know, critical reviews are never a deterrent for us. In its third weekend in theaters, The Circle comes in at #9, grossing $1.74 million. To date, the film has earned $18.9 million on an $18 million budget.

IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND

Alien: Covenant! And when we’re done with creepy sci-fi, we’ll tone it down with a lil’ family fun: Everything, Everything and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.  

ALIEN: COVENANT 

Synopsis: Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.

EVERYTHING EVERYTHING 

Synopsis: Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) is a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who is unable to leave the protection of the hermetically-sealed environment within her house because of an illness. Olly (Nick Robinson) is the boy next door who won’t let that stop them from being together. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, Maddy and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together, even if it means losing everything.

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL

Synopsis: A family road trip to grandma’s 90th birthday celebration takes a wrong turn when a boy (Jason Ian Drucker) hatches his latest scheme to become famous.

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