Opening this Weekend
Box Office Predictions
- Fifty Shades Freed
- Peter Rabbit
- The 15:17 to Paris
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
- The Greatest Showman
What You Should See
I was surprised to see that Kevin Sorbo, 90s TV’s Hercules (!), is directing a movie. “Gee, that’s really something,” I thought to myself, “it’s really something that a fairly one-note, mostly washed up former celebrity is now directing a movie!” And then I noticed he was starring in Let There Be Light too. And he wrote it. And his wife is in it. And I was like “… oh.” Now I know that, technically, starring in and directing and writing a movie is a lot more work than just directing or just writing or just being the lead actor, but… I mean… there’s a reason he’s doing everything on the movie — there probably just weren’t any better options. It’s his own project. So maybe not so impressive. Also, it’s a Christian movie. And, y’know… I can’t recommend one of those.
Anyway, the big news for new movies is that it’s Fifty Shades Freed weekend, the final chapter of the Fifty Shades fill-in-the-blank trilogy, and… y’know, what? I’m not going to talk about it. I know what it is, you know what it is, and even if you’re self-deluded enough that you’re going to see it this weekend, YOU DO KNOW WHAT IT IS. End of discussion.
The weekend’s other major releases are Peter Rabbit and The 15:17 to Paris, and I think “meh” is a pretty good word for both, though 15:17 is a little bit interesting because this based-on-a-true-story movie features the real-life people who did the things the movie’s based on rather than real actors. That doesn’t mean you should see it though. If anything, it’s even more reason you shouldn’t. But isn’t it better when reasons not to do something are interesting too?
And that just leaves us with The Square and Whose Streets? playing at Metro Cinema, the former a strange curiosity ever since I saw its poster depicting a shirtless man standing on a table in the midst of a dinner party but I never bothered to find out more about, and the latter a powerful-looking piece on the contemporary state of racial equality in America (i.e., black people vs. cops) that I also knew very little about until this weekend. You should see one of those two. Or both. They both look really good.