Opening this Weekend

Smurfs: The Lost Village

Going in Style

The Case for Christ

Your Name. (Kimi no na wa.)


Kaatru Veliyidai

Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along

David Lynch: The Art Life

This Weekend’s Box Office Predictions

  1. The Boss Baby
  2. Smurfs: The Lost Village
  3. Beauty and the Beast
  4. Ghost in the Shell
  5. The Case for Christ

What You Should See

Y’know, from the moment I first watched that Colossal trailer I had a feeling it wouldn’t be opening here in Edmonton on its April 7 release date. And now it’s April 7. And it won’t be. And there’s not much else worth seeing.

So the three big movies opening this weekend are Smurfs: The Lost Village, Going in Style, and the Christian-focused The Case for Christ, and I think by now, this long into me writing these weekend previews, you all are smart enough to know what I’m going to say about movies like those three. Meanwhile, Chris Evans’ Gifted is opening in more limited release and is turning out to the probably not worth your time but not a total waste I knew it would be and Kaatru Veliyidai might be up your alley if… well, if you sat through that entire trailer above (I didn’t). There’s a Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along opening at the North Edmonton Cineplex as well, and… I can’t tell you not to see it, but if you think you’re going, I don’t know if you and I have anything left to talk about.

In terms of more recommended material, David Lynch: The Art Life looks pretty good/potentially freaky and Light the Lamp: Hockey Heritage event at Metro Cinema might be a nice sit-through in preparation for our beloved Oilers finally making the playoffs. But if I was going to actually fully and completely recommend something new to see this weekend, it would be Your Name., the hit anime movie that became the 4th highest grossing movie of all time in Japan. In a way, it’s kind of a good thing the rest of this weekend’s new movies are such a train wreck, that way you have no excuse but to see Your Name. So maybe this weekend is like the moviegoing equivalent of appointing James Mattis to Secretary of Defense. I feel okay about it if only because it’s not so much like the rest.