Whaddya Got On Tap? – Week of 02/10/17

by Tim Barley, Mike Reyes and Duwayne Tso

Guns, Bricks, and Whips… It’s All On The Table This Weekend!

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The Super Bowl is over. Warmer weather is 6 weeks away, if you believe the ground hog. But, the movie scene is heating up. Will millions of mothers leave their husbands and children behind for 50 Shades or will they go with the husband and kids to see LEGO Batman?

Another weekend of cinematic hijinks is upon us, Mixers! And with that comes new offerings for your discerning palettes, which means it’s time for us to give you a heads up on what the playing field looks like for the next couple of days. Seeing as it’s the weekend before Valentine’s Day, there’s obviously going to be a “romantic” pick and an “anti-romantic” option for you to choose from, with a bonus choice coming in the form of an animated action spectacular. It’s time to restock the bar, as we’re about to show you what’s on tap!

Just three new wide releases this weekend.

Fifty Shades Darker   fiftyshadesdarker

Distributor: Universal
Director: James Foley
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Max Martini, and Kim Basinger
Rating: R
Run Time:
 115 mins

Official Synopsis: While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.’s Take: Honestly, if you didn’t like the first one, you’re probably not going to want to take this darker turn. We’re barely interested ourselves, at least that’s what we’ve been hearing around the office.

― C & M ―

John Wick: Chapter 2   JohnWickChapter2A

Distributor: Lionsgate / Summit
Director:  Chad Stahelski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Riccadro Scamarcio, Common, Ruby Rose, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, and Bridget Moynahan
Rating: R
Run Time:
 122 mins

Official Synopsis: After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.’s Take: Not that there’s anything against John Wick, as that original movie is solid af, but did it really need a sequel? We’ll totally be there, don’t mistake us for skipping on this one, it’s just we’re kind of nervous to see a second bite at the proverbial apple.

― C & M ―

The LEGO Batman Movie   TheLEGOBatmanMovieB

Distributor: Warner Bros.
Director: Chris McKay
Cast: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, and Zach Galifianakis
Rating: PG
Run Time:
 104 mins

Official Synopsis: Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted’s Take: The LEGO Movie opened up this can of worms, but judging by the trailers and Will Arnett’s husky voice of heroism, it’s easy to take the bait on this one.

― C & M ―

Duwayne’s Pick: John Wick: Chapter 2! I was a big fan of the first one which I saw a number of times in the theater. The sequel looks like it’s going to be even better than the first. It has almost all the returning characters from the first, some cool new characters, more gun fights, higher body count, and no dog killing! This is going to be awesome!

Mike’s Pick: While John Wick was a fun enough movie, and Fifty Shades Darker looks less interesting than the bland predecessor, I wouldn’t be against spending money on The LEGO Batman Movie again! Though I disliked the original, this spin-off was genuinely fun, and I’ll be reviewing it later today, so watch this space!

Tim’s Pick: It’s a double feature for me as we take in LEGO Batman Movie on Sunday as our Los Angeles “Cocktails and Legos” Movie event. And then John Wick for Valentine’s Day!

― C & M ―

The Weekend Top Five: There is a very good chance that these top two could be reversed.

1. The LEGO Batman Movie – No doubt about this one. Or is there? Fifty Shades could disrupt this.
Estimated Weekend: $75 million

2. Fifty Shades Darker – This could take a swing at the top.
Estimated Weekend: $40 million

3. John Wick 2 – With its violence and R rating, this can’t crack the top 2.
Estimated Weekend: $35 million

4. Split – Finally dropping this out of the inexplicable top spot.
Estimated Weekend: $10 million

5.  Hidden Figures – Great to see this movie chugging along.
Estimated Weekend: $8 million

― C & M ―

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We’ll see you around over the weekend, but until then make sure to treat your films and your drinks with equal responsibility. Skip the bad movies, and know when to say “No” to that refill! Though calling an Uber or Lyft is always an option as well!