Opening this Weekend

King Arthur:  Legend of the Sword


The Wall

Bon Cop Bad Cop 2

The Belko Experiment

Norman:  The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer



This Weekend’s Box Office Predictions

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  2. Snatched
  3. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
  4. The Fate of the Furious
  5. The Boss Baby

What You Should See

There are a lot of separate stories in this week’s reviews, a lot of the types of material that I think could headline or feature in their own article and a lot of the types of material that would normally fight for which I should address first, so rather than try to weave it all together into something flowing and/or coherent, I’m just going to jump into single sentence statements and verdicts about each:

King Arthur:  Guy-Ritchie-directed movie about the legendary tale of Camelot that nobody really wants to see.  Would not recommend based on reviews but shouldn’t be overlooked considering we skipped and then really liked Ritchie’s last studio movie based on a pre-existing property.

Snatched:  Weird that a movie called “Snatched” would be releasing on the same weekend of release of a big budget studio movie by Guy Ritchie considering his best movie is probably 2001’s “Snatch”, but this one stars Amy Schumer and is apparently terrible.  Would not see (Nazi?).

The Wall:  War movie starring the generally unlikable Aaron Taylor-Johnson that’s getting bad reviews and also stars John Cena, who I like but is another reason against seeing.  Would skip.

Bon Cop Bad Cop 2:  My vague memories of the first made me question why they got a much older actor for the sequel, but then realized that it’s actually the same actor who’s apparently aged terribly (significant greying hair) over the intervening eleven years between installments.  Would consider, but still pretty sure I’m never going to see it.

The Belko Experiment:  The Belko Experiment finally opens in Edmonton, eight weeks after the American theatrical release and six weeks before its DVD release date.  Would absolutely see no matter how divided the critics are on it, but if you’re interested, keep in mind it’s only receiving one relatively late showing a day at Landmark City Centre.

Norman:  The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer:  What are the odds of two movies starring Richard Gere and famous Brits pretending to be American (Dan Stevens, Martin Sheen) in two successive weeks?  Anyway, this one looks a lot better, so I may see it eventually but wouldn’t make a big deal of right now.

Kedi:  Cats!  Kauai!!!  So cute!!!  Supercute!!  Would see!

Heidi:  From the looks of that trailer, I don’t think words could describe how little interest I have in this film, but if you do, it’s only showing on Saturday.

Also, a little more off the beaten path is this river, a short documentary premiering as part of NorthwestFest.  Offering “an Indigenous perspective on the devastating experience of searching for a loved one who has disappeared”, it’s a tonal clash with what a fool I usually make of myself with the rest of the weekly previews, but it’s still important enough that I’m listing it here.  It’ll be showing on May 13 at the Matrix Hotel at 1:30 pm.