A mathematics savant with ties to organized crime? Check. A civilian investigation into a missing persons case? Check. A superstar comedian who fills an entire football arena? Check. A teenage superhero learning to embrace his powers? Check. And a show of bravery in the face of adversity? Check. Our MoviePass Member Top 5 is filled with films that offer action, mystery, humor, and intrigue. And this week, action reigns supreme.
Synopsis: Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Using a small-town CPA office as a cover, he makes his living as a freelance accountant for dangerous criminal organizations. With a Treasury agent (J.K. Simmons) hot on his heels, Christian takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client. As Wolff gets closer to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars, the body count starts to rise.
Topping this weekend’s MoviePass Member Top 5 is the Ben Affleck-J.K. Simmons crime drama, The Accountant. Earning 34.41% of check-ins, the film is approximately three times as popular among members as this week’s #2 movie. At the domestic box office, the film also debuted at #1, grossing $24.72 million in its opening weekend. Yet, despite its financial success, the film did not fair as well among critics, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 49%. On the other hand, moviegoers enjoyed the film, with an audience score of 87%. In agreement with audiences is Deadline Hollywood which states, “The Accountant makes for a nicely entertaining action movie vehicle for an understated (to say the least) Ben Affleck, who kills as the accountant who kills.” In a season filled with serious dramas, The Accountant promises a good adrenaline rush.
Synopsis: Commuter Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) catches daily glimpses of a seemingly perfect couple, Scott and Megan, from the window of her train. One day, Watson witnesses something shocking unfold in the backyard of the strangers’ home. Rachel tells the authorities what she thinks she saw after learning that Megan is now missing and feared dead. Unable to trust her own memory, the troubled woman begins her own investigation, while police suspect that Rachel may have crossed a dangerous line.
Taking this weekend’s #2 spot is last week’s favorite, The Girl on the Train, which earned 9.38% of member check-ins. During its second week in theaters, the Emily Blunt thriller dropped two rankings at the domestic box office where it currently holds the #3 spot. With an expansion to 97 additional theaters, the film earned $11.97 million. On Metacritic, the film currently has a critical score of 48%. This number may seem a bit misleading. Out of the 49 reviews considered, 13 were positive, 27 were mixed, and 9 were negative. So, if you haven’t seen the film, we’d recommend taking a chance on it. After all, Entertainment Weekly gives the film an A-, stating, “[Director Tate Taylor] deftly translates the bleak, raw-boned menace and tricky time signatures of Train’s intertwined plotlines, and draws remarkably vivid performances from his cast.”
Synopsis: Comedic rock star Kevin Hart takes center stage in this groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance of What Now?-filmed outdoors in front of more than 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field — marking the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium. The film takes Hart back to his hometown for the culmination of the biggest comedy tour in history.
And at #3 is the latest comedic offering from superstar, Kevin Hart. Earning 9.28% of this weekend’s member check-ins, the live comedy film came in a close third to The Girl on the Train. Domestically, the film debuted at #2, grossing $11.98 million. Critically, the film garnered mostly positive reviews, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 78%. The Chicago Sun Times states, “If you think Kevin Hart is funny, you’ll laugh frequently.” This praise is to be expected. After all, according to Forbes, Hart made $87.5 million between June 2015 and June 2016, outranking Jerry Seinfeld as the King of Comedy.
Synopsis: Teenager Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) discovers that his body can generate the most powerful energy in the universe. Steel (Josh Brener) is a funny, slightly rebellious, techno-organic extraterrestrial who wants to utilize Max’s skills. When the two meet, they combine together to become Max Steel, a superhero with unmatched strength on Earth. They soon learn to rely on each other when Max Steel must square off against an unstoppable enemy from another galaxy.
Earning 5.83% of this weekend’s member check-ins is Max Steel, the fantasy/sci-fi film adaptation of the beloved action figure. Despite filmgoers’ nostalgic tendencies, the film was universally panned, which ultimately, affected its box office gross. During this, its opening weekend, Max Steel debuted at #11, earning $2.16 million. In an age where we are delightfully overwhelmed with blockbuster superhero movies, the competition is fierce. So, any film hoping to contribute to the genre has to bring their A-game.
Synopsis: On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, igniting a massive fireball that kills several crew members. Chief electronics technician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and his colleagues find themselves fighting for survival as the heat and the flames become stifling and overwhelming. Banding together, the co-workers must use their wits to make it out alive amid all the chaos.
Closing out the MoviePass Member Top 5 is the Mark Wahlberg drama, Deepwater Horizon. During its third weekend on our list, the drama/thriller earned 4.75% of member check-ins. At the domestic box office, the film holds strong, claiming the #5 spot with a gross of $6.35 million. Despite its consistent Box Office Top 5 ranking, the film’s worldwide gross of $77.03 million has not met its total production budget of $110 million. However, the film has garnered positive reviews with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 83%. Even with a Metacritic score of 68%, the film has 39 positive reviews, 12 mixed reviews, and only 1 negative review. Though we are only 1 month into the fall season, Deepwater Horizon, along with Sully, has proven to be one of the season’s strongest films.
Now, what are we seeing this week?
We’re inching closer to Halloween. So, horror lovers like ourselves, are all too excited about Ouija: Origin of Evil. On the other hand, if horror is not quite your thing, but you’re still hoping to get into the Halloween spirit, perhaps Boo! A Madea Halloween is right up your ally. And if you’re looking to stay as far away from horror as you possibly can, then there are a number of other great picks this week! For drama, look no further than the critically acclaimed Moonlight or Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, American Pastoral. For action, watch superstar, Tom Cruise, in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. And of course, if these films seem to heavy, there is always the comedy, Keeping Up with the Joneses.
Synopsis: In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
Synopsis: Madea (Tyler Perry) winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.
Synopsis: A young man deals with his dysfunctional home life and comes of age in Miami during the “War on Drugs” era. The story of his struggle to find himself is told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality.
Synopsis: Seymour Swede Levov (Ewan McGregor) is a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn (Jennifer Connelly), a former beauty queen. When his beloved teenage daughter (Dakota Fanning) disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him.
Synopsis: Investigator Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) springs into action after the arrest of Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), an Army major accused of treason. Suspecting foul play, Jack embarks on a mission to prove that the head of his old unit is innocent. After crossing paths with the law, Reacher must now go on the lam to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy that involves the death of U.S. soldiers.
Synopsis: An ordinary suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) discovers it’s not easy keeping up with their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors, the Joneses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot) — especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs. Jones are really covert operatives.