Whaddya Got On Tap? – Week of 03/23/18

By Tim Barley, Mike Reyes, and Duwayne Tso

Go Big Or Go Home! A Crowded Weekend Promises Excitement For All, But Only One Can Tower Above The Rest.

The calendar says spring, Mixers, but don’t let that fool you! Summer’s fires are burning with this weekend’s competitors, as movies that would have gotten summer debuts in years past are looking to send the month out with a blaze of excitement. And we’ll be stoking some fun and games of our own this weekend, as we take to the cinema to see Pacific Rim: Uprising, with drinks set to flow beforehand. Take a look at our official Facebook page for more info, but not before jumping into our rundown of this weekend’s ponies below.

Let’s see what’s new this week, as five wide releases vie for the attention of movie-goers all over. 

Midnight Sun   

Distributor: Open Road Films
Director: Scott Speer
Cast: Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Rob Riggle
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 91 mins

Official Synopsis: A 17-year-old girl suffers from a condition that prevents her from being out in the sunlight.’s Take: This film looks… familiar. Didn’t we get this last year?

― C & M ―

Pacific Rim: Uprising   

Distributor: Universal
Director: Steven S. DeKnight
Cast: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Burn Gorman
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 111 mins

Official Synopsis: Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.’s Take: If you’ve been reading us since the early days, you know we’re going to line up for this one. And if you’ve been reading us recently, you know we’re going to be seeing this one on Sunday! Come out with us for drinks and sci-fi madness!

― C & M ―

Paul, Apostle of Christ   

Distributor: Sony / Columbia
Director: Andrew Hyatt
Cast: James Caviezel, James Faulkner, Joanne Whalley, and Oliver Martinez
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 107 mins

Official Synopsis: The story covers Paul, portrayed by Faulkner, going from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Jesus Christ’s most influential apostle.’s Take: Easter’s coming, so the faith based blockbuster is clearly on its way back to us all. We really haven’t seen much on this one, but we can’t blame scholars and the faithful for lining up to see a film right in their wheelhouse.

― C & M ―

Sherlock Gnomes   

Distributor: Paramount
Director: John Stevenson
Cast: Johnny Depp, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Stephen Merchant, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mary J. Blige, Michael Caine, and Maggie Smith,
Rating: PG
Run Time: 86 mins

Official Synopsis: Garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, recruit renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments.’s Take: Who ordered this in 2012, and can we send it back to them?

― C & M ―


Distributor: Bleecker Street
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Claire Foy. Joshua Leonard, Juno Temple, Jay Pharaoh, and Amy Irving
Rating: R
Run Time: 98 mins

Official Synopsis: A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution, where she is confronted by her greatest fear–but is it real or a product of her delusion?’s Take: Steven Soderbergh is entertaining as hell, even on a bad day. So whether this film rises above its gimmick or succumbs to it, the ride promises to be exciting.

― C & M ―

Duwayne’s Pick: Unsane! It was a tough decision this week as nothing really stood out. Pacific Rim: Uprising does not look nearly as good as the original, Midnight Sun reminds me of Everything, Everything that came out last year. Unsane has not gotten much press but it looks like a good little crazy movie. It has Sodenberg as the director so that’s a big plus. Let’s hope they do not blow the reveal at the end.

Mike’s Pick: Let me just make this clear. This house was built on Pacific Rim. This house honors Pacific Rim. So I’m planning on dusting off Tequila Beatdown, and seeing Pacific Rim: Uprising yet again. It’s a damned blast, and it needs as much support as it can get before Ready Player One takes its IMAX screens. You’re in for a treat, folks!

Tim’s Pick: Yep! Leading the group to Pacific Rim: Uprising on Sunday. Join us!

― C & M ―

The Weekend Top Five:

1. Pacific Rim: Uprising – this is the movie that finally takes the top spot
Estimated Weekend: $28 million

2. Black Panther – dropping to #2, but not dropping fast.
Estimated Weekend: $20 million

3. Sherlock Gnomes – suspecting that this may do better, but I don’t like it
Estimated Weekend: $15 million

4. Tomb Raider – this doesn’t have the legs that it needs to stay ahead of the monters
Estimated Weekend: $12 million

5. Paul, The Apostle of Christ – our darkhorse this close to Easter…
Estimated Weekend: $ million

― C & M ―

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