Blockbuster Season Week 5 is here and it is NOT messing around. Last weekend’s historic opening for Finding Dory will meet some stiff competition in Pixar’s attempt to repeat at the box office.
The grab bag of movies that is about to descend on the box office is what Blockbuster Season is all about– a little bit of everything for everyone. We’ve got challengers coming from all four corners of the ring this week, so let’s get into it!
INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE
WHAT’S IT ABOUT (via Rotten Tomatoes): We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global catastrophe on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT (via Rotten Tomatoes): When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
FREE STATE OF JONES
WHAT’S IT ABOUT (via Rotten Tomatoes): Directed by four-time Oscar (R) nominee Gary Ross and starring Oscar (R) winner Matthew McConaughey, Free State of Jones is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT (via Rotten Tomatoes): In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.