If you are reading a new review of movie premieres of this week, is that it is Friday. And if we are at the doors of the weekend, it is also necessary to take a look at what happened seven days ago in a ticket office Spanish that saw a drastic decrease in the collection, keeping the same five titles in the same positions of the top with the most seen.
The paranormal adventures of Ed and Lorraine Warren in ‘The Warren File: Forced by the Demon’ remained anchored to the first position with, approximately, a 50% drop, raising a few, still surprising 0.83 million euros in its second week on the bill. She, above the 100,000 euro barrier, was followed by ‘Cruella’ with 0.43 million harvested in their third week.
In third, fourth and fifth place they repeated ‘Awaken the Fury’, ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ and ‘Spiral: Saw’ with 97,000, 64,000 and 54,000 euros raised respectively. Figures that leave a lot to be desired, especially if we take into account that not a single launch has managed to break through to the top of the table.
Fortunately, this continuation slump could drastically change with the string of novelties released between June 16 and 18, which has a couple of potential blockbusters under its arm.
The premieres of June 16 and 18, 2021
‘A Quiet Place 2’ (‘A Quiet Place: Part II’, 2021)
After sweeping the US box office, becoming the first film to overcome the barrier of 100 million dollars in revenue during the pandemic, the second part of ‘A quiet place’ arrives in our cinemas increasing the doses of action and spectacle, recovering to the always splendid Emily Blunt and expanding the universe created by John Krasinski. Little more could be asked for.
Criticism in Espinof: ‘A quiet place 2’: remarkable sequel that rightly expands the terrifying universe of John Krasinski
‘The other bodyguard 2’ (‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’, 2021)
Four years after the hilarious ‘The other bodyguard’, Patrick Hughes returns to the fray with a continuation full of action and kaffir humor in which the cast rises as the maximum claim. Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayek, and guests such as Antonio Banderas, Morgan Freeman and Frank Grillo come together in an hour and a half of summer escapism.
‘The poet and the spy’ (‘Il cattivo poeta’, 2020)
The last advance release of the week comes from Italy, and is Gianluca Jodice’s debut ‘The Poet and the Spy’. The writer and screenwriter takes us back to the 1930s in a biopic that will explore the history of Giovanni Comini; a federal who must closely monitor Gabriele D’Annunzio, a poet who could harm Benito Mussolini’s relations with Germany.
‘In a neighborhood in New York’ (‘In the Heights’, 2021)
The great feel good movie of the year is ‘En un barrio de Nueva York’, the splendid adaptation of the musical ‘In the Heights’ by Lin-Manuel Miranda with which Jon M. Chu transports us to a charming Washington Heights to the rhythm of hip hop and salsa. A little gem with an impeccable technical and visual invoice, impressive musical numbers, an immense heart and a cast in a state of grace.
Criticism in Espinof: ‘En un barrio de Nueva York’ is wonderful: an overwhelming, emotional and energetic musical that extracts gold from the work of Lin-Manuel Miranda
‘The Englishman who took his suitcase and went to the end of the world’ (‘The Last Bus’, 2021)
From the UK, Gillies MacKinnon brings us a charming road movie focusing on a 90-year-old retiree who has just been widowed and decides to leave behind the town where he has spent half his life. A vehicle of brilliance for a Timothy Spall who continues to assert himself as one of the best active British interpreters.
‘Brave Flash’ (2021)
Ainhoa Rodríguez makes his debut writing and directing this peculiar dramatic comedy with an approach in the key of magical realism that has just won the special jury award and the award for best montage at the latest edition of the Malaga Festival.
‘Lola’ (‘Lola to the sea’, 2019)
Belgian cinema is represented on our billboard thanks to Laurent Micheli, who writes and directs this drama, starring Mya Bollaers, in which the reality of Lola is portrayed; a young 18 year old transsexual.
‘Dear neighbors’ (‘Favolacce’, 2020)
Damiano D’Innocenzo and Fabio D’Innocenzo write and direct this drama, winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival, about a group of families living in a peculiar area on the outskirts of Rome mired in increasing tension.
‘Between dog and wolf’ (2020)
From Cuba, Irene Gutiérrez brings us this minimalist and tough feature film that explores the lives of three veterans of the Angolan war.
‘Welcome to Spain’ (2021)
Juan Antonio Moreno Amador writes and directs this peculiar documentary on immigration, set in the Seville neighborhood of Torreblanca.
‘The national shotgun’ (1978)
Finally, nothing better than being able to enjoy a classic like ‘La escopeta nacional’ on the big screen to celebrate the centenary of maestro Luis García Berlanga
More recommendations in File Espinof
If the premieres of this week do not catch your attention or you want to recover titles that have been in theaters longer, remember that you can take a look at the movies on the bill from last week and the previous one. And if you still want even more recommendations, do not forget that in our weekly Newsletter ‘Espinof File’ we offer you a selection of films and television for all palates, curated by our editors.