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July Movie Preview: A Rundown of the Biggest Hits

Brennan Dubé | @Brennan_Dube71R

July 4

The First Purge

This will be the fourth installment in the ‘Purge’ franchise. However, it will be the first not directed by James DeMonaco although he will still return to write and produce this film. On a budget of just $13 million, Universal Pictures should make a solid profit on this film considering two of the last three ‘Purge’ films have surpassed $100 million at the box office. This prequel action-thriller will be a hit at theaters due to the ‘Purge’ name attached to it. Despite poor reviews from critics, these films continue to obliterate their budgets and draw in crowds that enjoy a good thrill.

July 6

Ant-Man and the Wasp

The sequel to the 2015 film ‘Ant-Man’ will open up in theaters this Friday. Riding the wave of ‘Infinity War’, it should make some rather significant cash. The first film opened to $57 million in July of 2015. It went on to gross over $500 million globally, a little low in terms of Marvel movies but still a good draw considering ‘Ant-Man’ is much lower profile than the other heroes featured in the past few years. ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ will draw in the family crowd and the superhero fans, and should go for a win at the July box office.


‘Whitney’ is a documentary about Whitney Houston that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. It will get its theatrical release this Friday. The film will have a limited release, meaning it won’t be released nationwide right away. Instead, it will slowly expand its theater count as most documentaries do. The documentary will feature never before seen footage and rare performances as well as exclusive demo recordings by Whitney Houston.

July 13


The Dwayne Johnson action/thriller, ‘Skyscraper’ will be released this month and should play out like any usual Dwayne Johnson film. If it follows the course of ‘Rampage,’ which was released earlier this year, it will open around $30 million and go on to gross a good sum at the box office.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ debuts this month and is the first ‘Transylvania’ film to be released in summertime. This animated feature should do well and with a very conservative budget of $65 million, they will be able to make a strong profit. Both previous films opened to $42.5 and $48.4 million respectively. The third may see a different result due to a summertime release, but I still expect it to be a good draw among families as most wide release animated films are.

Eighth Grade

This A24 studio film received high praise at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is expected to be a big hit among critics when it opens this month. The movie is a coming of age comedy-drama. Early screened critics have this film currently sitting at a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.

July 20

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

This is the sequel to the hit 2008 film ‘Mamma Mia!’ which went on to be the 5th highest grossing film of 2008. It grossed $615 million on a budget of just $52 million. The sequel is expected to follow up with similar success, considering much of the star-studded cast is returning and there haven’t been many true musicals as of late. The musical film fans may be craving something and that would definitely help this sequel.

The Equalizer 2

Denzel Washington returns to star in ‘The Equalizer 2,’ an action/thriller. The film should have a good draw among action movie fans and it gets a small jump on the next ‘Mission Impossible’ film, which comes out the following weekend. The first film had a budget of $73 million and went on to gross $192 million globally. This will release in the first weekend following the World Cup which may help out its chances with doing better in foreign markets.

Unfriended: Dark Web

This found footage horror/thriller film is a stand-alone sequel to the 2014 film ‘Unfriended’ which went on to gross $64 million dollars on a budget of just $1 million. The movie was filmed secretly last year and had a surprise announcement in March of this year.

July 27

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

This will be the sixth film in the ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise. Tom Cruise continues to defy all odds with some never before seen stunts in this film. The movie will get a good draw from casual movie goers as well as action movie fans. Should ‘Fallout’ do well, expect more ‘Mission: Impossible’ movies to come.

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

This animated film based on the television series is releasing this month. The movie is written by the writers of the show and is directed by series producers, Peter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath. Warner Bros. will hope that this animated superhero comedy will get a good draw from the family audiences.

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Deadpool 2: A Sequel Even Better Than the First

By Brennan Dubé | @Brennan_Dube71R

It’s been a little over two years since the first ‘Deadpool’ film. When it first hit theatres, it was a pleasant surprise for movie goers as it offered a superhero movie with some true cruel language, gory action sequences and an ‘R’ rating. Yes, the first ‘Deadpool’ wasn’t a superhero movie that you’d want to take your kids to, but it was damn well entertaining. The film went on to be the highest grossing R-rated film worldwide ever. Now here we are two years later, ‘Deadpool 2’ has finally hit theatres and look for it to break all R-rated box office records out there. Here is my review of ‘Deadpool 2.’

After watching this film I can say two things, Ryan Reynolds was born to play this role and R-rated superhero films are absolutely kick-ass. ‘Deadpool 2’, much like the first, knows exactly what type of film it’s trying to be and absolutely owns it. It’s quite definite now that the first installment was not a fluke and I am already eager to see Reynolds back on screen as Deadpool again.

The film opens with a moment that was very surprising and took me well off guard. This is a spoiler free review, but I will say that what happens early on in the film offers our hero a new challenge on many different levels. That’s what sequels are all about, giving the main character challenges greater than in the first, and the writers did that perfectly.

When I found out director Tim Miller was not returning to direct this sequel, I was nervous for where it would go and if the tone would stay the same. Yet, when I discovered David Leitch (director of ‘John Wick’ and ‘V for Vendetta’) was set to helm the sequel my worries disappeared, and rightfully so. Leitch completely embraces the tone from the first film and did an incredible job directing this movie. He did such a good job that I hope to see him back at the helm of another potential ‘Deadpool’ film down the road.

The film is flat-out hilarious, one of the reasons the first movie was so much fun was because of its sheer dark comedy and that was back in full force in the sequel. ‘Deadpool 2’ was extremely funny and it made for yet another fun time at the movies. Keep in mind, not all the one liners in this movie land perfectly and that is expected in a film like this, but overall there is not much of a gripe regarding that. ‘Deadpool 2’ is able to do something that it didn’t do in the first – a balance of heart and comedic tone. Let’s face it, these films thrive when it’s time for some comedy but this film was able to adapt a more serious, emotionally touching tone than the first and it brought Reynolds’ character, ‘Wade Wilson’, down to earth a little.

The rest of the cast in the movie did an incredibly good job. Josh Brolin as ‘Cable’ was bad-ass to see on screen. It felt like it took a little while for Brolin to actually start kicking ass in this film but whenever he is on screen, he is quite entertaining. I felt as if the movie should’ve explored ‘Cable’ a little more but as the movie progresses you do learn more about this character and it was fulfilling in that way.

Zazie Beetz as ‘Domino’ in this film was rather good and she provides some good action sequences as well as some subtle wit. ‘Colossus’ and ‘Negasonic’ are both great in this movie as their characters continued from the first movie, but I wished they explored these characters a little more. I personally found Julian Dennison who plays ‘Russell Collins/Firefist’ to be the one clear weak spot in this film acting-wise. His role in the film is rather important as he pieces together the big challenge that Reynolds must face but I did not like their chemistry nor did I enjoy his isolated moments in the movie.

‘Deadpool 2’ got a huge increase in budget from the first film so this movie was clearly a much more extravagant and CGI centered film but there were times when two CGI characters went head to head that I did not fully buy into the special effects being used and I won’t go as far to say that it took me out of the film, but it was a notable weakness. The rest of the action sequences in this film are awesome. Much like the first movie, there is gore… and a lot of it. The fight scenes in this movie with Brolin and Reynolds are ridiculously awesome and quite a lot of fun to watch.

The Big Plus: Ryan Reynolds as ‘Wade Wilson/Deadpool’ is truly the role he was born to play. Incredible stuff from him and he is a thrill to watch yet again… Also, make sure to stay for the mid-credits montage.

Where it lacks: I would’ve liked to have seen more development from the secondary characters but to keep runtime down I understand why it was pretty much all ‘Deadpool’ based.

Score: 83/100

In conclusion, ‘Deadpool 2’ was a lot of fun and was a more layered film than the first. The movie was funny, enjoyable and the cast did a great job at making this sequel work. I thought the writing was mostly well done and the action sequences were for the most part great to watch. I look forward to future installments.

Box Office Forecast:

Last night, ‘Deadpool 2’ just broke the domestic record for money made on Thursday previews with $18.6 million dollars. This beat out the previous record holder ‘It’ which grossed $13.5 million in Thursday showings last September. Expect ‘Deadpool 2’ to take the global box office this weekend and open up to around $150 million domestically this weekend.

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