Last weekend was a great one at the movies with both Ted and Magic Mike doing stronger business than expected and Brave coming in a close third. All three helped make it the biggest June weekend ever.
And the hits just keep coming, because there is much more to come in the month of July.
The Amazing Spiderman is one of the reasons why my time is short. Opening this past Monday, the business it has already done indicates that it could be on par with its predecessors. And considering it is more-or-less a remake of the original that came out just a decade ago, it will be interesting to see if it does indeed do as much or more business.
Its appealing cast includes Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), Emma Stone (The Help), Martin Sheen, Sally Field and Dennis Leary and re-tells the original story of how Peter Parker (Garfield) became the webslinger with some variation to both the comic book story and the first movie.
In this one, Gwen Stacy (Stone) is his love interest and his nemesis is The Lizard (Rhys Ifans).
It happened for the Jonas Brothers, Hannah Montana and Justin Bieber and now there is a 3D musical documentary about Katy Perry.
Katy Perry: Part of Me is a backstage pass, front row seat and intimate look at the fun, glamorous, heartbreaking, inspiring, crazy, magical, passionate and honest mad diary of Katy.
This one looks like it will appeal to the fans, but also for fans of celebrity culture as it sounds like it gives good insight to her life under the bright lights.
One man who does not shy away from the spotlight of scrutiny is Oliver Stone. Every one of his films seem to cause controversy, whether warranted or not.
In Savages he takes on the illegal drug trade.
Kelowna’s Taylor Kitch (who seems to be in everything these days) stars as a Laguna Beach entrepreneur who, along with his best friend, run a lucrative, home-grown industry raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Blake Lively).
Life is idyllic in their Southern California town until the Mexican Baja cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. The merciless head of the
cartel, Elena (Salma Hayek) and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Benicio Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends and with the help of a sleazy DEA agent (John Travolta), the three fight back.
Early word is that this is yet another powerful Oliver Stone movie, but like his earlier works, do not expect a nice, light summer flick.
And don’t forget that if you missed some movies from earlier this summer, or want to see one of your early favourites again, check out the newly reinvented Capitol Theatre now called the Landmark Encore in West Kelowna. For those of you who live in Kelowna, it is a short drive for a great deal. Go to www.landmarkcinemas.com for more details.