Opening this Weekend

First Man

Goosebumps 2:  Happy Halloween

Bad Times at the El Royale

The Sisters Brothers


Anthropocene:  The Human Epoch

Box Office Predictions

  1. Venom
  2. A Star is Born
  3. First Man
  4. Goosebumps 2: Happy Halloween
  5. Smallfoot

What You Should See

I mentioned a few weeks ago about the release of The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ that they may as well have called it Unofficial Goosebumps Sequel on account of it being a movie starring Jack Black with kid-friendly horror themes, but that was before I knew there actually is a Goosebumps sequel coming out, that said sequel is coming out this year, and that it, at that time, would only be weeks away from release.  Now that I’ve seen the state of the real Goosebumps sequel, Goosebumps 2:  Haunted Halloween, I probably would have been more reluctant to make that comparison, because… well, I feel kind of sorry it.  It looks terrible, even for kids, and they couldn’t get Jack Black again.  Nope, no Jack Black in Goosebumps 2.  Nobody should be seeing this one.

Everything else opening this week looks really good though.

The biggest new release of the weekend looks to be First Man, the Damien-Chazelle-directed, Ryan-Gosling-starring, man’s-first-moonlanding biopic about Neil Armstrong, and even though we all know how it turned out (i.e., movie director and famous conspirator Stanley Kubrick and his Hollywood cohorts, in association with the Rand Corporation, under the supervision of the reverse vampires, successfully tricked the world into believing we ever made it to the moon in a fiendish plot to eliminate the meal of dinner), I’m giving this one a big thumbs up and a full go-ahead, cleared-for-take-off rating.  Similarly, all of The Sisters Brothers, Colette, and Anthropocene:  The Human Epoch look like real winners for their respective audiences (movie snobs?), so I’m giving those a big recommendation as well (though with much less enthusiasm than I have for First Man).

The one movie I wanted to make sure to single out, make sure it had its own paragraph, and mention positively, however, is Bad Times at the El Royale, because I have a sneeking suspicion very few of you will see it despite its obvious appeals — people from vastly different walks of life forced together, wacky hijinks, the appearance of general craziness, a shirtless Chris Hemsworth, etc.  All that and it actually looks pretty good.  Bad Times at the El Royale would be the first movie I’d make sure to see this weekend.

It’s also Lit Fest this weekend and into next, so if you’re one of those people (reading snobs?), here’s your chance to celebrate literature amongst other literati.