Saturday, November 9, 2019



The big box-office showdown this week will be between the Stephen King adaptation "Doctor Sleep" and the war epic "Midway".

Written and directed by "Gerald's Game" and "Oculus" director Mike Flanagan, the horror film "Doctor Sleep" is a sequel to "The Shining", one that apparently seeks to reconcile the differences between the novel and Kubrick's 1980 adaptation. Starring Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson, the film cost around $50 million to produce and is expected to gross as much as $18 million for the weekend, from 3,855 theaters, which is quite a step down from the early $27 million projections. It has already delivered $1.5 million from Thursday night previews.

Meanwhile, the blockbuster "Midway" is an expensive war film directed by Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day", "2012"). The film cost a reported $100 million to produce, and most of the budget was obtained by the director from various investors. Emmerich's passion project has become one of the most expensive indepdenent films ever made. And it's doing surprisingly well. Released just in time for the Nov. 11 Veterans Day holiday, the film has raked in a solid $925,000 from previews, and it looks like it could take the No. 1 spot at the box-office over "Doctor Sleep" with around $21 million from 3,242 theaters.

Also out in theaters this weekend is the holiday romantic comedy "Last Christmas" starring Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones") and Henry Golding ("Crazy Rich Asians"). Directed by Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids"), the film is expected to have a long life during the holiday season, but so far it's not looking great. It only managed to gross $575,000 from previews and could end up with less than $15 million from 3,448 theaters.

The last of the new wide releases is the comedy "Playing With Fire" which is expected to over-perform this weekend. Starring John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, Brianna Hildebrand and John Leguizamo, the film will probably end up with $7-10 million from 3,300 theaters, against a $30 million budget.

Synopses, details, critical/audience reception, trailers, and more after the jump.


Doctor Sleep Image

Official Synopsis

"Doctor Sleep" is the continuation of Danny Torrance's story 40 years after the terrifying events of Stephen King's The Shining. Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the "shine." Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality. Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose. Abra's innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before-at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.

Film Details

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  • Director: Mike Flanagan

  • Starring: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Cliff Curtis, Emily Alyn lind

  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror

  • Running Time: 151 min.

  • Rating: R for disturbing and violent content, some bloody images, language, nudity and drug use.

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 73% (164 fresh, 61 rotten, score: 6.8/10)
  • Metacritic: 60 out of 100 (23 positive, 18 mixed, 2 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 92% (average score: 4.4/5 from 1,324 user ratings)
  • Metacritic: 58.0/10 (26 positive, 7 mixed, 21 negative).
  • IMDb: 7.6/10 (10,421 votes)


Midway 2019 Movie Image

Official Synopsis

MIDWAY centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds.

Film Details

midway poster
  • Director: Roland Emmerich

  • Starring: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Aaron Eckhart, Darren Criss

  • Genre: Action, Drama, History

  • Running Time: 138 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for sequences of war violence and related images, language and smoking

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 39% (33 fresh, 51 rotten, score: 5.1/10)
  • Metacritic: 48 out of 100 (6 positive, 19 mixed, 2 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 89% (average score: 4.3/5 from 201 user ratings)
  • Metacritic: 4.2/10 (8 positive, 2 mixed, 10 negative).
  • IMDb: 6.6/10 (1,959 votes)


Last Christmas Movie Image

Official Synopsis

Kate (Emilia Clarke) harumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Henry Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate's barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart... and you gotta have faith.

Film Details

last christmas poster
  • Director: Paul Feig

  • Starring: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Madison Ingoldsby, Emma Thompson, Boris Isakovic, Patti LuPone

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

  • Running Time: 102 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for language and sexual content

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 49% (52 fresh, 54 rotten, score: 5.4/10)
  • Metacritic: 51 out of 100 (11 positive, 21 mixed, 5 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 82% (average score: 4.1/5 from 343 user ratings)
  • Metacritic: 3.3/10 (5 positive, 1 mixed, 9 negative).
  • IMDb: 6.6/10 (900 votes)


Playing With Fire Movie Image

Official Synopsis

When straight-laced fire superintendent Jake Carson (John Cena) and his elite team of expert firefighters (Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and Tyler Mane) come to the rescue of three siblings (Brianna Hildebrand, Christian Convery and Finley Rose Slater) in the path of an encroaching wildfire, they quickly realize that no amount of training could prepare them for their most challenging job yet -- babysitters. Unable to locate the children's parents, the firefighters have their lives, jobs and even their fire depot turned upside down and quickly learn that kids -- much like fires -- are wild and unpredictable.

Film Details

playing with fire poster
  • Director: Andy Fickman

  • Starring: John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, Brianna Hildebrand, Judy Greer, Dennis Haysbert

  • Genre: Comedy, Family

  • Running Time: 96 min.

  • Rating: PG for rude humor, some suggestive material and mild peril

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 25% (9 fresh, 27 rotten, score: 3.9/10)
  • Metacritic: 24 out of 100 (1 positive, 4 mixed, 9 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 82% (average score: 4.2/5 from 167 user ratings)
  • Metacritic: 1.8/10 (1 positive, 0 mixed, 5 negative).
  • IMDb: 4.6/10 (268 votes)

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