In other types of entertainment mediums, the “penultimate” event is on par with the finale – and in some cases greater – for enjoyment level. On TV, everyone knows the second to last episode is the must see episode. At live concerts, the second to last song is the banger of the night. Movies are a little different. This is the penultimate weekend of Blockbuster Season 2016 and with projected mega-hits like Jason Bourne, Captain America, Suicide Squad, and Finding Dory behind us, we’re down to a few genre flicks some of which may be hits and some of which may definitely not be.
We’re probably not that far away from having Blockbuster season last for 12 months a year, but until then the Memorial Day to Labor Day stretch will always reign supreme.
This week, we’ve got some really interesting movies making their debut – films definitely worth checking out even if the fanfare for them is a fraction of what we got for Sausage Party.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: A trio of reckless thieves breaks into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong.
HANDS OF STONE
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: HANDS OF STONE follows the life of Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), the Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year‐old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50. In June 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond) to capture the WBC welterweight title, but shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in their November rematch, famously saying the words “no mas” (no more.)
THE MECHANIC: RESURRECTION
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) returns as the Mechanic in the sequel to the 2011 action thriller. When the deceitful actions of a cunning but beautiful woman (Jessica Alba) force him to return to the life he left behind, Bishop’s life is once again in danger as he has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.