Boy, if you’re looking for a laugh at the box office this weekend…you’re outta luck!
“The Dark Tower”(PG-13)
Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey star in this adaptation of the Stephen King novels. It’s about a guy trying to keep a sorcerer from destroying the universe by reaching the Dark Tower, which connects all the parallel worlds in the multiverse.
McConaughey’s Man in Black is the villain, and Idris Elba is the Gunslinger, the last of a line of warriors defending the tower. Dennis Haysbert is also in it as his father, and a kid named Tom Taylor plays the Gunslinger’s pseudo-apprentice Jake Chambers.
The critics aren’t being kind to the movie, but it’s got a rabid fan base of people who’ve waited YEARS for this to hit the big screen. And regardless of how hard this bombs at the box office, there’s still a “Dark Tower” TV series in the works.
Halle Berry plays a mom who gets in a high speed chase after she sees her son being kidnapped from the park. She loses her phone while trying to stop the other car, so she can’t call the cops, and desperately takes things into her own hands, no matter the cost.
Will Poulter plays a racist cop involved in the deaths of three black men and the beating of nearly a dozen other people when cops raided the Algiers Motel in response to shots being fired during the 12th Street Riot in 1967.
Hannah Murray from “Game of Thrones” and Kaitlyn Dever play two white teenagers who were sexually harassed by the cops for partying with a group of black singers. You know Kaitlyn as Tim Allen’s youngest daughter on “Last Man Standing”.
Anthony Mackie is one of the other motel guests, and John Boyega from “The Force Awakens” is a security guard the dirty cops try to frame for the murders. It’s based on true events and was directed by “Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow.
“Wind River”(R) (Limited)
Elizabeth Olsen is an FBI agent who teams up with Jeremy Renner to investigate the murder of a girl on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. He’s a tracker for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who discovers the body in the snow while hunting.
(Obviously, they play Hawkeye and the Scarlet Witch in the “Avengers” movies, so I guess you could say they already “know each other from work.”)