Opening this Weekend

Doctor Strange


Hacksaw Ridge

American Pastoral

Mr. Donkey

This Weekend’s Box Office Predictions

  1. Doctor Strange
  2. Trolls
  3. Hacksaw Ridge
  4. Inferno
  5. Boo! A Madea Halloween

What You Should See

There are some pretty big movies opening this weekend, some of the biggest of the post-summer season in fact, and it’s a pretty big spread in terms of audience appeal, with movies for adults, children, and adult man-children. They’ve all — Doctor Strange, Trolls, and Hacksaw Ridge — gotten pretty good reviews too, and that’s what we in the industry call a triple threat, so it’s a great weekend to be at the movies! Actually, I’ve never heard anyone refer to anything I’m talking about here as a triple threat. Actually, I don’t know if anything I’ve said here is even worthy of exclamation. Actually, there’s a also pretty big downer to this weekend’s new movies.

Mel Gibson. There, I said it.

Hacksaw Ridge marks Mel Gibson’s return to the director’s chair, his first since 2006’s Apocalypto, and it’s a return that a lot of people might have been happy to never see. Y’know, because of the crazed, alcoholic, girlfriend-beating, anti-semitism. That’s probably why they’re not exactly calling it “Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge”.   Nevertheless, it’s gotten attention for possible Oscar nominations, most notably for its lead, Andrew Garfield, and that’s definitely a cause I can get a little bit more behind. I mean, we owe him after he got screwed out of being Spider-Man right when the role actually became exciting.

Speaking of comicbook stuff, obviously Doctor Strange is the weekend’s biggest release, and as much as I’d like to say something substantial about it, I’ll leave that to Thom and his review of it next week. I doubt there are that many of you out there who haven’t already made up your mind about it anyway. Trolls, the new Justin-Timberlake-led, children’s animated movie looks poised to take the second spot in this weekend’s box office, and… I gather it’s about trolls. Probably not the Internet kind. Again, I’m not going to say much about it, though in this case it’s mostly out of disinterest than deference. Two things against it, though: Justin Timberlake and how clearly his “Can’t Stop the Feeling” was written for it, because that song is mind-numbingly upbeat. Y’know what feeling I can’t stop, Justin? Revulsion (Editor: sick burn!).

In smaller, less exciting movie news, American Pastoral makes its Edmonton debut, and it may as well be called Heavy-Handed: The Movie, and China’s Mr. Donkey is also showing, and it might as well be called “China: The Comedy”. I’ll leave it up to you if those are bad things or good things, but I’d suggest if you’re thinking about seeing either, maybe go see The Sting instead. It’s got Paul Newman!