Opening this Weekend

Alien:  Covenant

Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  The Long Haul

Everything, Everything

I, Daniel Blake

The River of My Dreams:  A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent

This Weekend’s Box Office Predictions

  1. Alien: Covenant
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
  4. Snatched
  5. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

What You Should See

In a lot of ways this is a weekend not really worth talking about for major new movie releases, but for one very specific reason (i.e., it’s what I do every week here), we’ll go ahead with it anyway.  Two very specific reasons actually, because the release of an actual modern Alien movie that doesn’t suck is kind of a big deal news, and that’s precisely what we’re getting with Alien:  Covenant, which I’m not going to jump down your throat about seeing, but will go ahead and call out for what it is.  Featuring the return of original Alien director Ridley Scott to the franchise, Alien:  Covenant is an obvious choice for fans of the venerable, long-running series that, regardless of how venerable, had only two good installments, both of which are more than thirty years old now.  Meanwhile, blah blah blah Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  The Long Haul, blah blah blah Everything, Everything.  Would not see (Nazi?) either.

On the other hand, in the world of smaller (and much more promising) new releases, I , Daniel Blake actually looks quietly amazing, so much so that I’m going to give it a shout out as HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (to contrast how quiet its amazingness is), and The River of Dreams:  A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent paints a vivid picture of one of Canada’s finest and most celebrated actors (whoever they are… Canadian actors I mean).