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Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood’s real-life drama about airline pilot Sully (Warner Bros.) far surpassed all expectations, making nearly $10 million more than my prediction with an opening weekend of $35 million in 3,525 theaters, also making it one of the biggest openings for a movie opening the weekend after Labor Day. The Screen Gems thriller When the Bough Breaks disappointed compared to some of their similar releases, taking second place with around where we predicted with around $14 million. The lower profile animated film The Wild Life (Summit/Lionsgate) did end up in fifth place behind Don’t Breathe and Suicide Squad, but with a measly $3.3 million in 2,493 theaters. As expected, Relativity’s theatrical return with its own horror/thriller The Disappointments Room »
- Edward Douglas
A humble studio in Madison, Wis., that recorded some of the most trailblazing indie rock of the 1980s and ’90s is commemorated in “The Smart Studios Story.” Not so stadium-league-starry as some other recent documentaries about fabled recording venues (“Muscle Shoals,” “Sound City,” etc.), Wendy Schneider’s fond, unpretentious feature will appeal to a more limited audience of audiophiles still or newly smitten with bands that — Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins aside — remain mostly well under the popular radar a quarter-century later.
By the early-to-mid-1980s the Midwest was a petri dish busily growing new mutations of punk/new wave-inspired “college rock,” their idiosyncrasies developing in useful isolation from the publicity glare of coastal media centers. In 1983, U. of Wisconsin students-turned-full-time music fanatics Butch Vig and Steve Marker decided to rent an old warehouse space and turn it into a makeshift recording studio, complete with empty egg cartons lining the walls as “soundproofing. »
- Dennis Harvey
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