Opening this Weekend

Christopher Robin

The Spy Who Dumped Me

The Darkest Minds

Eighth Grade

Blindspotting

Hearts Beat Loud

Maquia:  When the Promised Flower Blooms

Fireworks

Box Office Predictions

  1. Mission: Impossible — Fallout
  2. Christopher Robin
  3. The Spy Who Dumped Me
  4. Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again
  5. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

What You Should See

Oh.

Ohh…

Ohhh boy…

Ohhh… that’s not good.  Not good at all…

That’s what I found myself thinking as I perused this week’s new movie releases, each of the major new releases looking more disappointing than the last.  To be fair, Christopher Robin, probably the biggest of this week’s new releases, doesn’t look too bad — just sort of overly saccharine and being released at a such an extreme and divided point in our history that its message would probably need to be a lot more forceful and direct in order to land — but it’s definitely worrying that, unlike most Disney movies, Christopher Robin is still under review embargo as of this writing, and it’s rarely a good sign when studios hold reviews back until just before release.  In contrast, Disney allowed reviews for last year’s Thor:  Ragnarok to go out almost a full month before release, and that went over pretty well.  As for The Spy Who Dumped Me and The Darkest Minds, this weekend’s other major new releases, this sentence is the last I will speak of them as further thought about or consideration of either would simply be a waste of energy, time, and online print space.

Luckily, this is an absolutely killer weekend for indie movies, with Eighth Grade looking like a coming-of-age must see, Blindspotting looking blisteringly relevant, and Hearts Beat Loud looking like that rare thing, a movie starring Nick Offerman that’s actually worthy of the man’s talents and screen presence.  There’s even some pretty strong new anime movie releases for the weekend too, including Maquia:  When the Promised Flower Blooms and Fireworks, as well as a few showings of Sailor Moon Super S:  The Movie for old school anime fans.  So go out there and make this weekend an indie or anime weekend.  Or, I don’t know, maybe find somewhere that’s still showing Black Panther, it’s only about $45,000 away from a $700,000,000 domestic box office, and it’d be a real shame if it doesn’t make it.  A real shame, because Wakanda forever, even if it has been six months since it opened!

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