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

by Tim Barley, Mike Reyes and Duwayne Tso

Take care of yourselves, Mixers; as there’s some dangerous characters invading your local cinemas.

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Mixer folk, you may want to make sure your insurance is current, as Fist Fight and The Great Wall look like they might leave some folks a bit banged up. But it’s OK, we’ve got A Cure For Wellness that’ll set you, and the folks on the big screen, right as rain. It’s the weekend before the Oscars, and folks are going to cram all they can into theaters before next weekend’s big night, so let’s put the awards chatter off for now and see what’s new this week.

Three new wide releases for this week.

 A Cure For Wellness   acureforwellness

Distributor: Fox
Director: Gore Verbinski
Cast: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, and Mia Goth
Rating: R
Run Time: 146 mins

Official Synopsis: An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps but soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem.’s Take: The director of The Ring decides to go back to the water in order to scare us. Looks like it might work.

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Fist Fight   fistfighta

Distributor: Warner Bros.
Director: Richie Keen
Cast: Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Christina Hendricks, Jillian Bell, Tracy Morgan, Kumail Nanjiani, Dennis Haysbert, and Dean Norris
Rating: R
Run Time: 91 mins

Official Synopsis: When one schoolteacher gets the other fired, he is challenged to an after-school fight.’s Take: It’s not high art, but we can’t help but love Ice Cube and Charlie Day on their own. So putting them together seems like a damned fine idea.

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The Great Wall   thegreatwall

Distributor: Universal
Director: Zhang Yimou
Cast: Matt Damon, Andy Lau, Kenny Lin, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe, and Pedro Pascal
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 104 mins

Official Synopsis: European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures.’s Take: Eh… maybe we’ll line up for a matinee and some beers, but it doesn’t feel like a “go as sober as possible” flick.

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Duwayne’s Pick: Fist Fight! Since I saw the first trailer for this, I have been eagerly awaiting this movie. I am loving the two leads in Ice Cube and Charlie Day, they are so different in their personalities and comedic talents. And the comedic supporting cast is pretty damn good as well. This reminds me so much of another great after-school fight movie Three O’clock High except with teachers. Add the fact that it’s a R-rated comedy and this is just the cherry on top!

Mike’s Pick: A Cure For Wellness, hands down. Fist Fight will probably be my pick for “movie I’ll try to squeeze in during my Best Picture Showcase session” this weekend, but Wellness is a fantastic thriller that really digs into the noir / Hammer Horror influences that Gore Verbinski is fond of.

Tim’s Pick: The boss is travelling today, so his picks are going to have to wait.

What won’t wait though are this week’s picks for the top slots!

― C & M ―

The Weekend Top Five:

1. The LEGO Batman Movie

Repeat business, kids, and 3D ought to land the Dark Knight at the top of the pack.

Estimated Weekend: $40 million

2. John Wick 2

Word of mouth might carry this puppy through, especially since the film has been so positively received.

Estimated Weekend: $22 million

3. Fist Fight

This could be a surprise comedy hit in the usually dull month of February.

Estimated Weekend: $16 million

4. Fifty Shades Darker

Because if your friends left you out of the pack, you’re going to still need to catch up.

Estimated Weekend: $12 million

5. A Cure For Wellness

The ads are cryptic, and folks might have forgotten this film existed. Which is a damned shame.

Estimated Weekend: $8 million

― C & M ―

And that’s Friday in the bag people! Go out there and see something fantastic, but don’t forget to have some liquid refreshment on hand.

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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!