This has been an excellent, very balanced year of movies.  I can’t recall another year where every single month had a movie circled on my calendar. Months typically slow on good films like January and February, this year, offered Split, Get Out, and John Wick 2. Out of this great year, came a great month of a very diverse mix of movies that delivered. July gave us War for the Planet of the Apes, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Dunkirk (a potential Best Picture candidate), and the surprise hit, Girls Trip. We can forgive July for also giving us The Emoji Movie. My predictions for last month’s films, however, were not very good. Except for Valerian which I pretty much nailed, I was way off on most predictions. My siblings fared better, if only just slightly. I fully expect to make a comeback with this month’s batch.

August 4

The Dark Tower No Rotten Tomatoes Score

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Starring Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey

This looks poor. Not sure since I haven’t read the books, what this Stephen King Adaptation is supposed to be about, but I couldn’t be less interested. I like Idris Elba but he has demonstrated a career’s worth of bad decisions. Nothing exciting came out of its trailers, and I’m expecting a monumental loss of money come opening weekend. My Prediction: $50-60 million/ 20-30% on Rotten Tomatoes

David-It doesn’t look good. The villain (McConaughey) looks like the villain off of that Jack Frost DreamWorks movie. Not sold on McConaughey. Prediction: $80-90 million/ 20-30% on Rotten Tomatoes

Ava-It’s gonna blow ass. Prediction: $90-100 million/ 30-40% on RT

Detroit 95% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Starring John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jacob Latimore, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie, Jason Mitchell

I have never heard of the Algiers Motel Incident. Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s take on it hits theaters this week, I plan on seeing it immediately. My Prediction: $100-110 million

David-Heard good things. Bigelow is one of the best directors in the game. Oscar potential. Prediction: $60-70 million

Ava-I’m not necessarily excited, but I know it will be great. Predictions: $80-90 million

Kidnap No Rotten Tomatoes Score

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Starring Halle Berry

No rotten tomatoes score 3 days before your release is hardly a good sign. In fact, all signs point to this being better off as a straight to DVD flick. My prediction:$20-30 million/ 5-15% on Rotten Tomatoes

David-This movie’s going to be bad. It’s been on firestick for 5 months. Prediction: $20-30 million/15-25% on RT

Ava- Oh God. Halle Berry hasn’t been good in 20 years. *Note-when fact checkers pointed out Monster’s Ball and X-Men, miss Howard was unmoved*Prediction-$10-20 million/10-20% on RT

August 11

Annabelle: Creation 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Starring Stephanie Sigman, Miranda Otto, Anthony LaPaglia

Horror spinoffs and sequels come a dime a dozen, and are generally no reason to be excited. However, the initial crop of reviews suggest that Annabelle: Creation, a sequel and a spinoff of the successful Conjuring franchise, is a worthy addition to an already stellar year of horror films (think Get Out, It Comes at Night, The Void, Alien: Covenant, Split). My Prediction: $140-150 million

David-I’m excited mainly because it has good reviews. Trailer shows that it’s well-made. Prediction: $70-80 million

Ava- Love a good horror film. Prediction: $140-150 million

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature No Rotten Tomatoes Score

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Voices of Will Arnett, Jackie Chan, Maya Rudolph

Groan. The first one garnered a whopping 10% on Rotten Tomatoes. Somehow it made money. This sequel is example of phoning it in at every level, made for millions of dollars. My Prediction: $70-80 million/ 15-25% on Rotten Tomatoes

David-I wasn’t aware that anyone liked the first one. I saw it. It was bad. I do like Will Arnett though. Prediction: $50-60 million/ 10-20% on RT

Ava-It’s gonna suck. Prediction: $100-110 million/ 40-50% on RT

August 18

Logan Lucky 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Starring Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Adam Driver, Seth McFarlane

Stephen Soderbergh, Oscar winning director of Traffic, returns from his Jay-Z like “retirement.” His latest is a heist film and a stylish comedy. Could be the month’s best film. My Prediction: $45-55 million

David-Looks very good. Likening it to a country Ocean’s 11. Great cast. Love Channing Tatum. Prediction: $60-70 million

Ava-Not a big fan of Channing Tatum. Daniel Craig looks really good. I think it’s going to have a lot of one-liners. Prediction:$80-90 million

-Walter Howard-

 

 

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