Lone Wolves and Final Girls

Wolverine skylineThe Wolverine which I still haven’t seen, but which John quite enjoyed — sliced its way through the megaplex this weekend with a $55 million opening, dethroning The Conjuring (which placed second with $22.1 million) and generally guaranteeing that Hugh Jackman will be playing this role for as long as he can handle the workout regimen.

Most encouraging, from my point of view, was seeing Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station crack the top ten, earning $4.65 million in its first week of wide release. It’s a very good movie, and you should see it.

But tonight, if you’re so inclined, you might want to wander down to the Lightbox for a special midnight screening of All the Boys Love Mandy Lane in honor of the 25th anniversary of TIFF’s Midnight Madness program. They’re not doing much promotion, other than announcing the screening at last week’s TIFF 2013 kickoff presser and circulating this weird little evite thing, so I’m doing my part to get the word out.

Jonathan Levine’s clever spin on slasher movies — with Amber Heard as the best final girl in years — premiered at the 2006 edition of TIFF, picked up by the Weinstein Company and subsequently cast into limbo. It’s supposed to be getting a proper release this fall, but we’ve heard that before; if you don’t have to be anywhere tomorrow morning, I would certainly recommend you swing by King and John around 10pm and see if you can snag a rush seat.

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