Whaddya Got On Tap? – Week of 09/29/17

By Tim Barley, Mike Reyes, and Duwayne Tso

October at Cocktails and Movies starts, three challengers, two strong hold overs and not enough glasses

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October starts Sunday, but we here at Cocktails and Movies have been trying to spruce up the offices a bit, so that we can scare up the thrills of the Halloween season a little earlier than most. While others might be content with just 13 days of Halloween, we tend to enjoy all 31 days of October, with some extras before and after that range added for good measure. After all Mixers, if Christmas can get some extra hoopla, then surely the season of the witch deserves some more love in its corner. However, what’s not scary is this weekend’s potential box office, as we seem to be mostly over that rough patch we saw throughout this entire summer.

That in mind, let’s put away the cobwebs and Absinthe for a second, let Mike continue to pick the box office and look at what’s heading our way with this Friday’s “Whaddya Got On Tap?”

We’ve got three new wide releases for this weekend, and they’re just waiting to meet you!

 American Made     

Distributor: Universal
Director: Doug Liman
Cast: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Seal, Jesse Plemons, and Caleb Landry Jones
Rating: R
Run Time: 115 mins

Official Synopsis: A pilot lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s.’s Take: Doug Liman and Tom Cruise look like they’re turning into another team that loves to work together, and in turn makes us love to see them working off of each other. This free gunning true story looks like it’s going to be a hell of a time that’ll almost totally make everyone forget The Mummy exists.

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Distributor: Sony / Screen Gems
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Cast: Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemons
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 108 mins

Official Synopsis: Five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife.’s Take: On one hand, this is another remake of a property that already has its share of fans. But on the other hand, it’s intriguing enough to give a look, what with Halloween around the corner, and Kiefer Sutherland returning in a bit part.

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Til Death Do Us Part     

Distributor: Novus
Director: Chris Stokes
Cast: Taye Diggs, Annie Ilonzeh, Malik Yoba, Stephen Bishop, and Robinne Lee
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 101 mins

Official Synopsis: Michael & Madison Roland, had planned to spend the rest of their lives together, until one day Michael’s controlling ways turned their perfect marriage, into an abusive rollercoaster no woman could survive. With the help of her best friend, Madison decides to get away. After adopting a new identity, she meets Alex Stone and learns to love again. All is well, until Michael discovers Madison’s whereabouts, and recreates the nightmare she once lived all over again.’s Take: Honestly, we haven’t heard much about this one, so we’re not sure how to feel.

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Duwayne’s Pick: American Made! I am a big fan of criminal movies, especially when it is dealing with drugs. You add some corrupt government officials, one of the biggest drug lords in Pablo Escobar, and you got my attention. The story looks greats with lots of twists, corruption, action, violence and surprisingly humor. I did not even mention that Tom Cruise looks great in it, even better than he does in the action movies he has been doing the last few years. This definitely makes up for the crap …The Mummy!

Mike’s Pick: I’m split between American Made and Flatliners, as I could easily go for a round of Cruise’s charm, or I could take a dip into the horror side of the pool as well. Though, I have to bring up the fact that Gerald’s Game debuted on Netflix today, and if there’s anything you should be watching this weekend, it’s that. But at the box office, but me down for some American Made charm.

Tim’s Pick: American Made. Cruise excels in these story driven movies.

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The Weekend Top Five:

1. American Made
Estimated Weekend: $32 million

2. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Estimated Weekend: $21 million

3. IT
Estimated Weekend: $18 million

4. The LEGO Ninjago Movie
Estimated Weekend: $15 million

5. Flatliners
Estimated Weekend: $7 million

**(Tim’s note: there is a faith based movie opening this weekend in 661 theaters that might make a mini splash

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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!