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This weekend brought us plenty to watch. Between old favorites like Spider-Man: Homecoming and highly anticipated features like Dunkirk and Girls Trip, we were nothing short of entertained. So, let’s jump in!

#1: DUNKIRK

Synopsis: In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.

At the top of this week’s MoviePass Member Top 5 is the latest feature from renowned director, Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy). Claiming 27.72% of weekend check-ins, this historical drama bested its weekend competition by a significant margin both, on our list and at the box office. In its opening weekend, the film debuted at #1 stateside, earning $50.5 million, giving it a worldwide total of$105.9 million. The film’s critical performance has been strong. With a 92% score on Rotten Tomatoes, Christopher Orr of The Atlantic calls the film, “a masterpiece,” citing its style, scale, themes and experimentation as major attributes of the epic.

#2: VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS

Synopsis: In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline work together to maintain order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the minister of defense, the duo embarks on a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where diverse species gather to share knowledge and culture. When a dark force threatens the peaceful city, Valerian and Laureline must race against time to identify the menace that also jeopardizes the future of the universe.

Entering our list at #2 is the Luc Besson (Taken) fantasy adventure, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Earning 14.51% of member check-ins, the film’s performance is pretty underwhelming, considering the popularity of the sci-fi genre and the talent attached to the project–Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, and Rihanna—to name a few. Domestically, the movie debuted at #5 earning approx. $17 million on a $209.2 million budget! To put this in perspective, the film costs significantly more than Dunkirk ($150 million), but is struggling, not only at the box office, but among critics, as well. With a 54% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the film’s reviews have been polarizing. In one of the more positive reviews of the movie, Thelma Adams of the New York Observer writes, “Heavy on spectacle, it’s a marvel of sci-fi world building, presenting a constant stream of bizarre and seductive aliens, pulsing telepathic turquoise jellyfish, and some O.K. human actors.”On the other hand, Sam Adams of Slate writes, “its design is pixel-deep, without the underlying thought that makes great science fiction worth revisiting.” In any case, the film is praised for its aesthetic which makes sense, considering that Besson calls the feature his “vengeance against the low-tech,” The Fifth Element, which released 20 years ago, was much less high tech than he would have preferred.

#3: GIRLS TRIP

Synopsis: Best friends Ryan, Sasha, Lisa and Dina are in for the adventure of a lifetime when they travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Along the way, they rekindle their sisterhood and rediscover their wild side by doing enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Claiming this week’s #3 spot is the raunchy, R-rated comedy, Girls Trip, which accounts for 13.71% of weekend check-ins. In its debut weekend, the film debuted at #2, earning approx. $30.4 million on a $19 million budget. The movie’s performance is especially impressive when you consider the fact that it has “the best start for an R-rated comedy in two years and the best showing for any live-action comedy so far this year,” according to The Hollywood ReporterThis performance coupled with predominantly African American headliners helps to dispel longstanding Hollywood myths that films with a racially diverse cast are not a box office pull. Just look at the 90% audience score and 89% critical score on Rotten TomatoesAmong the glowing positive reviews is one from Rolling Stone Magazine’s Peter Travers who writes, “Girls Trip knows how to let giggles bubble out of character instead of blunt-force farce.”

#4: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

Synopsis: Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet.

At #4 on our list is War for the Planet of the Apes, the third installment of the rebooted Planet of the Apes trilogy. Earning 7.83% of member check-ins, the movie has fallen 3 spots from its #1 placement last week, but still holds strong, despite its weekend competition. This performance is mirrored at the domestic box office, where the film currently holds the #4 spot with a weekend gross of $20.4 million. To date the movie has grossed $174.8 million on a $150 million. Critically, the feature’s garnered immensely positive reviews with a 94% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Giving it 4/4 stars, Barry Hertz of The Globe and Mail writes, ” [director] Reeves prioritizes character above everything else, creating instantly relatable heroes and villains in record speed. Which is where Serkis and his wonderfully game co-stars come in.” As such an iconic tentpole in American cinema, War for the Planet of the Apes definitely further cements the series iconic status.

#5: 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.

Rounding out our MoviePass Top 5 is the comic book feature, Spider-Man: Homecoming, which claims 5% of member check-ins. During its third weekend in theaters, the film earned approx. $22 million, giving it the #3 spot at the domestic box office. To date, the superhero flick has grossed $571.7 million on a $175 million budget. And like many of the other films on our list, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a favorite among critics, with a 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes. In a favorable review of the feature, Jason Di Rosso of The Final Cut writes, “Spider-Man: Homecoming is a sensitive attempt at depicting the teenage anxieties of wanting prove oneself.” We have to admit: it’s nice to see a teenager (sorta) take on the classic role of Peter Parker, though we loved Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, as well.

 

IN THEATERS THIS WEEK

We’ve been waiting for it since SXSW 2017. Finally, the femme-fatale feature, Atomic Blonde, makes its way to theaters! And once we’re pumped on adrenaline, we’ll be sure to catch come laughs with The Emoji Movie. And for a little dose of reality, we’re finishing the weekend with the highly-anticipated, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

ATOMIC BLONDE

Synopsis: Agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on an impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to retrieve a priceless dossier from within the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through a deadly game of spies.

THE EMOJI MOVIE

Synopsis: Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is home to all emojis. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene, an exuberant emoji with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak. During their travels through the other apps, the three emojis discover a great danger that could threaten their phone’s very existence.

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER

Synopsis: Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world to train an army of activists and influence international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes — in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

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