Opening this Weekend

The Great Wall

Fist Fight

A Cure for Wellness


The Salesman

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

This Weekend’s Box Office Predictions

  1. The LEGO Batman Movie
  2. Fifty Shades Darker
  3. Fist Fight
  4. John Wick: Chapter 2
  5. The Great Wall

What You Should See

Look, the thing about The Great Wall is that it’s a Chinese movie. It doesn’t have a Chinese person in the starring role, but it does have a Chinese director, several Chinese stars (Andy Lau, in the house!), and it’s done pretty well in China so far, so let’s get all of that whitewashing controversy out of the way. That said… y’know, don’t actually see it. It looks terrible.

It’s actually not a great time for major new movies at all this weekend with Fist Fight being exactly what it looks like and A Cure for Wellness similarly disappointing, making seeing any of this weekend’s new movies the movie-going equivalent of appointing Scott Pruitt to be head of the Environmental Protection Agency — you can’t possibly trust these guys know what they’re doing.  If you’re willing to look beyond the major theatres, however, you’re going to find some real… I don’t want to say gems, that feels really hackneyed, but… I can’t think of a better word (still not gonna say it though). Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson looks like the perfect cure for a bunch of crappy new movies, the Oscar-nominated The Salesman is showing at Metro Cinema, and as for Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise? Well, I think this just about says it all:

But y’know what? The one thing I would tell you to watch this weekend, the one thing I would say you can’t afford not to see is Blind Vaysha, the Oscar-nominated short from our National Film Board. Starting this Sunday and all the way through to Oscar night, you’ll be able to see it free. National pride? A free movie? In the comfort of your own home. Only eight minutes of your time? How can you possibly pass that up. Here’s the trailer: