CocktailsandMovies.com Whaddya Got On Tap? – Week of 04/28/17

by Tim Barley, Mike Reyes, and Duwyane Tso

Latin lovers, evil tech and street magicians all collide to make for an interesting box office outlook, and possibly a kick assed sci-fi novel.

whaddya got on tap 4.28.17

One week until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 folks! This is not a drill! But, believe it or not, we’ve still got a week of pretty hot prospects to work through before we get to the beginnings of summer movie season. And this weekend actually looks like an interesting crop to pick through, with no clear winner in sight. Can Dom and the gang pull one more victory before the Guardians land in theaters?

Let’s see what’s new this week, and weigh the odds of our new contenders as we at Cocktails and Movies ask every Friday, “Whaddya Got on Tap?”There’s three new wide releases for this week, and they are:

How To Be A Latin Lover     HowToBeALatinLover

Distributor: Pantelion
Director: Ken Marino
Cast: Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Kristen Bell, Rob Lowe, and Raquel Welch
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 115 mins

Official Synopsis: Finding himself dumped after 25 years of marriage, a man who made a career of seducing rich older women must move in with his estranged sister, where he begins to learn the value of family.

CocktailsandMovies.com’s Take: This one actually looks funnier than the logline would have you believe. That’s mostly thanks to the cast on display really committing to the humor, and the fact that the film looks like it knows how to walk the line when playing to the laughs.

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Sleight     SleightA

Distributor: BH Tilt
Director: J.D. Dillard
Cast: Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Storm Reid, and Dule Hill
Rating: R
Run Time: 90 mins

Official Synopsis: A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents passing and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her.

CocktailsandMovies.com’s Take: Sleight looks like it could be a surprise at the box office, despite the fact that it’s been very barely marketed. If we have a slot in our matinee schedule, we’ll make sure to give this one a shot.

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The Circle     TheCircleA

Distributor: STX Entertainment
Director: James Ponsoldt
Cast: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Patton Oswalt, Glenne Headly, and Bill Paxton
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 110 mins

Official Synopsis: A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover a nefarious agenda that will affect the lives of her friends, family and that of humanity.

CocktailsandMovies.com’s Take: On one hand, the high concept and fantastic cast make this feel like it could be something to see. But on the other hand, the negative buzz out of early critical reviews and the Tribeca Film Festival have us fearing the chances that this could be a pile of steaming celluloid that we shouldn’t be bothered with.

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Duwayne’s Pick: How To Be A Latin Lover! There was not an immediate pick for this week, but weighing all the plus and minus for the movies, HTBALL won this week’s race by a rose. It is looking like it will pretty funny, plus it has Salma Hayek in it. That’s all I really need in a movie.

Mike’s Pick: It breaks my heart to see The Circle getting blasted by early buzz, but I might still see it. As for Slight, I’m definitely interested, but not so sure if I’ll make it to a matinee, what with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hitting our universe next week. However, How To Be A Latin Lover certainly looks like the best pick of the three, as it’s just the type of comedy this time of year loves to drop before big ticket blockbuster season.

Tim’s Pick: No idea. I might be saving my $$ to take in Guardians next weekend.

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The Weekend Top Five:

1. Fate of the Furious – hard to see this one surpassed by any of the new movies
Estimated Weekend: $28 million

2. The Circle – star power might defeat the early bad reviews
Estimated Weekend: $15 million

3. Sleight – the surprise this weekend
Estimated Weekend: $10 million

4. Boss Baby – growing bigger just not older
Estimated Weekend: $7 million

5.  Baahubali: the Conclusion – word is that the limited release should still make it number five
Estimated Weekend: $6 million

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That’s all for this weekend, as we’re off to pick out the right seating options for some outdoor cocktails. Nice weather’s finally here again, and sea breeze goes well with your Sea Breeze.

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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!