Whaddya Got On Tap? – Week of 08/11/17

By Tim Barley, Mike Reyes, and Duwayne Tso

You couldn’t get a more diverse mix of films as you’ve got this weekend. But which one will make the top of the heap? whaddya got on tap 8.11.17

It’s another weekend in August, and yet for a month that’s supposed to be slow as anything, it looks like we’re about to keep the momentum that saw us into this month in the first place. In particular, there’s a prestige candidate whose looking to get an early lead, a kid’s flick that’s trying to close out the season strong, and a horror film that’s gone from unknown to high priority. But who’s going to take the box office crown this weekend?

Well, let’s take a look at what’s coming, and find out as we ask every Friday, “Whaddya Got On Tap!”

Three new wide releases are on deck for this week. Let’s see who’s running!

 Annabelle: Creation     

Distributor: New Line
Director: David F. Sandberg
Cast: Miranda Otto, Anthony LaPaglia, Stephanie Sigman, Lulu Wilson, and Talitha Bateman
Rating: R
Run Time: 109 mins

Official Synopsis: Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.’s Take: This flick is gaining a strong head of buzz, so this one’s gone from a “maybe” to a “must see.”

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The Glass Castle     

Distributor: Lionsgate
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Cast: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts, Ella Anderson, Chandler Head, Max Greenfield, Josh Caras, and Sarah Snook
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 127 mins

Official Synopsis: A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.’s Take: There’s just something about this one that makes it feel like wannabe Oscar bait that falls a bit short. But Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson is a pairing we can’t help but still line up for.

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The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature     

Distributor: Open Road Films
Director: Cal Brunker
Cast: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Gabriel Iglesias, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Stormare, and Jackie Chan
Rating: PG
Run Time: 91 mins

Official Synopsis: Following the events of the first film, Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City’s mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park.’s Take: This looks absolutely horrific. Whoever asked for this movie, please claim your prize… on the moon.

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Duwayne’s Pick: The Glass Castle! I am a sucker for a Based On A True Story tagline. Plus, they have a great actress in Brie Larson as the lead, and playing her parents the always great Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts. This has a great dysfunctional family dynamics storyline, and based on the trailer there’s going to be a lot of drama and emotion. Can’t wait!

Mike’s Pick: Annabelle: Creation has become something I HAVE to see, considering the strong reviews that the film has been getting across the board. If this matches closer to The Conjuring series, rather than the previous Annabelle film, I think I’ll be pleasantly surprised. Though I may still try to catch up with Atomic Blonde or The Big Sick, if I can find the time.

Tim’s Pick: I’m behind, but I’m on vacation next week, so Mr. and Mrs. Cocktails and Movies Senior and I will be taking in Dunkirk. This weekend, it’s gotta be Annabelle.

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The Weekend Top Five:

1. The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature – horrible shite rules the summer box office before kids go back to school
Estimated Weekend: $22 million

2. Annabelle – going WAAAAYYY out on a limb here and just thinking there’s nothing else out there
Estimated Weekend: $12 million

3. The Dark Tower – not an overly great movie, but still pretty good
Estimated Weekend: $9 million

4. Dunkirk – The only real seriously big Oscar contender so far
Estimated Weekend: $8 million

5. The Emoji Movie – seriously, Hollywood!??! 1. fuck you and 2. I have a pile of better scripts in my shitty one bedroom apartment in Hermosa.
Estimated Weekend: $7 million

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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!