Opening Weekend Round-Up: Episode 2

Hello all!  Maddy here and I’m back again with another episode of Opening Weekend Round-Up!

The weekly post about the latest and most anticipated Movies hitting theatres this weekend.

So without further ado: episode two!



American Assassin

Rating:  R (US) 


AMERICAN ASSASSIN follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.

My Comments: I want to see this movie so badly!  It looks like it has all of the qualities of a good action movie. ;P



Rating:  R (US)  –  18A (CAN)


A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.

My Comments:  Creeeeeeeeeeeeepy.  I don’t think I’ll be seeing this one,  are we just trying to get all of the horror movies out before Halloween?



Brad’s Status

Rating: R (US)


When Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) accompanies his college bound son to the East Coast, the visit triggers a crisis of confidence in Brad’s Status, writer and director Mike White’s bittersweet comedy. Brad has a satisfying career and a comfortable life in suburban Sacramento where he lives with his sweet-natured wife, Melanie (Jenna Fischer), and their musical prodigy son, Troy (Austin Abrams), but it’s not quite what he imagined during his college glory days. Showing Troy around Boston, where Brad went to university, he can’t help comparing his life with those of his four best college friends: a Hollywood bigshot (White), a hedge fund founder (Luke Wilson), a tech entrepreneur (Jemaine Clement), and a political pundit and bestselling author (Michael Sheen). As he imagines their wealthy, glamorous lives, he wonders if this is all he will ever amount to. But when circumstances force him to reconnect with his former friends, Brad begins to question whether he has really failed or is, in some ways at least, the most successful of them all.

My Comments:  This looks entertaining, I’d watch it.  Even if it looks like Second-Hand Embarrassment Central™.



Because of Grácia

Rating:  PG-13 (US) 


Chase Morgan’s parents named him Chase in hopes that he would pursue something, be a man of action. Instead he’s ended up the opposite. But in his senior year of high school, someone comes along who turns that around. Grácia has charisma, intelligence, character-all the things Chase and his best friend OB admire. She also has a story they know nothing about. It moves her to reach out to Bobbi, a classmate in trouble from a dating relationship gone too far. As Bobbi and her boyfriend struggle with a life-and-death decision, Grácia gets drawn into debating her teacher about the origins of life, and Chase takes the risk of going public with his Christian faith. The outcome is respect and conflict, reconciliation and redemption.

My Comments:  This looks good, although delightfully full of clichés – I would most definitely watch it.



Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards

Rating: NR


Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards is the charming portrait of legendary shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, whose impeccable dedication to his craft set a fashion standard among celebrities, stylists, and industry icons. Longtime fashion journalist Michael Roberts presents this never-before-seen peek into Mr. Blahnik’s world, featuring a ‘who’s who’ of the fashion and entertainment industries including Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Paloma Picasso, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Rupert Everett, Karlie Kloss, André Leon Tally, and more.

My Comments:  This looks really good, and what’s better than a documentary? Why a documentary about a designer shoe-make of course!  I’m totally going to make an effort to see this.


Final Impressions: There are some really good films coming out this week!  While there are some that I can leave – there are others that I am very much looking forward to seeing.

Are you planning on seeing any of these films?  What are you looking forward too?  Comment below and let me know!


*Credit to Rotten Tomatoes, and IMDB for the summaries and rating information.


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