Dragonslayer "Empty pools and f---ed up houses" that have succumbed to the real estate bust in Orange County, Calif., are the natural habitat of low-hopes skateboard… Dragonslayer "Empty pools and f---ed up houses" that have succumbed to the real estate bust in Orange County, Calif., are the natural habitat of low-hopes skateboard… 2011-11-04 Documentary
Movie Review

Dragonslayer (2011)

YOUTH REBELLION Skating in abandoned swimming pools in Dragonslayer
YOUTH REBELLION Skating in abandoned swimming pools in Dragonslayer
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Nov 04, 2011; Genre: Documentary

''Empty pools and f---ed up houses'' that have succumbed to the real estate bust in Orange County, Calif., are the natural habitat of low-hopes skateboard rat Josh "Skreech" Sandoval, the subject of Tristan Patterson's outstanding documentary. There's nothing to emulate about such a banged-up 23-year-old ''pool skater.'' Yet with its propulsive punk-rock soundtrack and beautifully rough cinematography, Dragonslayer makes you care about this scrawny young man, skating to nowhere. A-

Originally posted Nov 02, 2011 Published in issue #1180 Nov 11, 2011 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Sep 1 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$22.2 5 $280.5 A-
2. $15.7 4 $166.4 C+
3.
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$11.6 2 $32.2 C-
4. $10.5 3 $59.7 F
5.
As Above, So Below
Universal
$10.3 1 $10.3 C
6.
The November Man
Relativity
$10.2 1 $11.9 C
7. $8.0 2 $18.7 NA
8.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$6.9 3 $33.1 C-
9.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$6.3 4 $41.1 B
10.
The Expendables 3
Lionsgate
$4.5 3 $34.2 B
* in millions