Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. Halloween weekend brings back one of the most obnoxious franchises in recent memory, the Coen Brothers, and the adaptation of a critically-acclaimed non-fiction best seller.
The fall’s glut of horror films continues with the return of the grandaddy of the torture porn franchises: Jigsaw, the eighth entry in the Saw franchise. The film, which takes place 10 years after Saw 3D, continues a series that I despise. There’s a difference between horror and body butchery, hence the derisive torture porn label it and anything Eli Roth directs get from me. It, suprise suprise, has not been screened for critics.
The George Clooney/Coen Brothers team-up is usually a pretty solid bet, but critics are hammering the satire Suburbicon. Thank You for your Service, the adaptation of David Finkel’s non-fiction best seller about PTSD among returning veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is currently at 71% on Rotten Tomatoes at time of writing. The criticism seems to be in the telling not in the performances or the message.
Jigsaw (Tobin Bell, R, 1hr 31m)
Surburbicon (Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, R, 1hr 45m)
Thank You for Your Service (Miles Teller, R, 1hr 48m)
How Did We Do Last Week? KT doesn’t pick against Tyler Perry in a dress. Hard rule. Boo2!: A Madea Halloween easily won the box office with $21.7 million. Finishing second was Geostorm with $13.3 million, proving that even months of natural disasters can’t dissuade people from watching fictional disasters onscreen.
(2017 Prediction Record: 38-5; Lifetime prediction record 76-10).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
This fall has been all about horror fans running roughshod over the box office. That’s not changing this weekend as Jigsaw will easily depose Madea and keep the horror train chugging along for two solid months. Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League are right around the corner to change things, but horror has one last week atop the box office for good long while.