Opening this Weekend
This Weekend’s Box Office Predictions
- Patriots Day
- Hidden Figures
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- La La Land
What You Should See
Is it just me, or is January 2017 unusually full of movies that reasonable people might actually want to see? I mean, normally it’s “F*ck you, it’s January” around this time of year at the movies, but now in the second week of January alone we have the newest Scorcese movie, Silence, opening wide, Ben Affleck’s Live by Night was at least supposed to be good, and there are even enough conceivable reasons to see Patriots Day that we’re predicting it’ll take the weekend box office race.
Of course, you have to take the good with the bad, and in that vein, Monster Trucks and The Bye Bye Man are also opening this weekend, and both seem very much examples of the absolute apex of “F*ck you, it’s January”. The Bye Bye Man seems so beneath our notice that I didn’t bother to find out what it’s about, something I would normally feel bad about but don’t in this case, and Monster Trucks, a movie about alien monsters that inhabit monster trucks, is… a sentence I never thought I would write. In fact, Monster Trucks was actually finished way back in 2014, and has been continuously pushed back for two years straight (Okay, so I did look stuff up about Monster Trucks mostly because it seems like forever since I saw that first trailer). Basically, seeing Monster Trucks is the movie-going equivalent of voting for Trump knowing full well he chose Mike Pence to be his running mate.
Luckily, things are looking a lot better on the smaller screens of Edmonton, with recent Best Foreign-Language Film Elle showing at the Princess and the documentary Cameraperson (with a rare 100% at Rotten Tomatoes) showing at Metro Cinema. Both are extreme examples of movies with substance and emotion, so… y’know, better bets than Monster Trucks at least, and maybe better bets than everything else actually.