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While several summer hits linger in theaters, it’s time to get in all the good stuff while you can. During a weekend devoid of any major film releases, it’s easy to revisit some favorites or to catch what you may have missed. So, this week’s list is sort of like the last day at the beach when you’re trying to soak in the sun before the cold autumn months take over. Let’s get started.

#1: LOGAN LUCKY

Synopsis: West Virginia family man Jimmy Logan teams up with his one-armed brother Clyde and sister Mellie to steal money from the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Jimmy also recruits demolition expert Joe Bang to help them break into the track’s underground system. Complications arise when a mix-up forces the crew to pull off the heist during a popular NASCAR race while also trying to dodge a relentless FBI agent.

This week, Logan gets lucky! Though Steven Soderbergh’s latest feature was bested by The Hitman’s Bodyguard last week, it returns with a vengeance, claiming 13.84% of member check-ins. Domestically, the feature earned $4.37 million during its second weekend in theaters, brining it down 2 spots from #3 to #5. To date, the film has grossed approximately $16 million on a $29 million budget. What’s particularly interesting about Logan Lucky is how much creative control Soderbergh exercised over the project. By sidestepping the studios, the auteur director was able to cut out the middleman, a daring move, which seems to be paying off. Among critics, the film has received rave reviews. Giving it 4/5 stars, David Sims of The Atlantic writes, “Logan Lucky is like a cheerful sing-a-long of a movie, sweeping its audience along easily.” We’d agree. Logan Lucky offers some much needed fun, cheer, and comic relief.

#2: THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD

Synopsis: The world’s top protection agent is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hit men. The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their journey from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator who is out for blood.

At #2 on this week’s list is the action-comedy, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which claims 11.64% of member check-ins. Though it hasn’t maintained its top placement on our list, it still reigns supreme at the domestic box office where it grossed approximately $10.1 million this weekend. To date, the star-studded flick has earned $39.6 million on a $30 million budget. Truth be told, this number isn’t very impressive. In fact, the weekend box office was actually, well…pretty weak, which isn’t all that surprising considering the fact that summer is coming to a close. Critically, The Hitman’s Bodyguard has received rather lukewarm reviews. Giving it 2.5/4 stars, Susan Wloszczyna of RogerEbert.com comments on the cast, writing, “all combust with masterful comic chemistry as they play off their well-established cinematic personas.” That sounds about right. An A-list cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds, and Salma Hayek is definitely explosive. 

#3: WIND RIVER

Synopsis: An FBI agent teams up with a veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.

Be sure to keep your eye on Wind River, which makes its way up our list from last week’s #4 spot. As acclaimed writer Taylor Sheridan’s directorial debut, the feature allows him to bring his words to life. And as a director, he hasn’t disappointed. In a glowing review, Bob Mondello of NPR writes, “Sheridan paints a searing picture of life on society’s margins.” As the film climbs our list with 6.26% of member check-ins, it makes an even bigger leap at the domestic box office. Grossing $4.41 million, the film jumps from #10 to #4 during its fourth weekend in theaters. The expansion to an additional 1,401 theaters has certainly helped with the film grossing $9.84 million on an $11 million budget.

#4: ANNABELLE: CREATION

Synopsis: Former toy maker Sam Mullins and his wife, Esther, are happy to welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. Years earlier, the couple’s 7-year-old daughter Annabelle died in a tragic car accident. Terror soon strikes when one child sneaks into a forbidden room and finds a seemingly innocent doll that appears to have a life of its own.

For the third week in a row, Annabelle: Creation makes our MoviePass Top 5, with 6.02% of member check-ins. This weekend, the film maintains its #2 spot at the box office, earning $7.35 million. To date, the horror flick from the renowned Blumhouse Productions has grossed $215.08 million on a $15 million budget! Critically, the reviews are mixed, but solid. Giving it a B-, Jamie Righetti of IndieWire writes, ““Annabelle: Creation” does offer several shocking moments, and manages to deliver some truly eerie imagery. Even when you can spot the gimmicks from a mile away, ‘Annabelle: Creation’ hits the horror notes it’s aiming for.” We’re always up for a few jump scares and sleeping with our night lights on!

 

#5: BABY DRIVER

Synopsis: Talented getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After meeting the woman (Lily James) of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break. Coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), Baby must face the music as a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

And closing out this week’s list is summer favorite, Baby Driver, which earns 5.97% of weekend check-ins. From the man who brought us the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy and Scott Pilgrim v. The World comes this star-studded, action-comedy that made one of the biggest splashes at this summer’s box office. Though it finds a spot on our list, the film ranks #19 domestically with a ninth weekend gross of $1.15 million. To date, the feature has earned $194.19 million on a $34 million budget, which makes sense given its popularity. Among critics, the film has received phenomenal reviews. Bilge Ebiri of the Village Voice writes, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is a remorselessly entertaining, impeccably assembled action-musical.” With a killer soundtrack, we couldn’t agree more.

IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND

So, what does the first weekend of September have in store? Luckily, we get a re-release of classic Spielberg with Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Then, after several stalled release dates, we finally get to see Tulip Fever (yay!). 

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

Synopsis: After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.

TULIP FEVER

Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of the 17th-century Tulip Wars, a married noblewoman (Alicia Vikander) has an affair with an artist (Dane DeHaan) and switches identities with her maid to escape the wealthy merchant she married. She and her lover try to raise money together by investing what little they have in the high-stakes tulip market. 

 

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