Opening this Weekend

Hunter Killer

Johnny English Strikes Again

Mid90s

Beautiful Boy

Free Solo

Bel Canto

Funny Girl:  The Musical

Edmonton Festival of Fear

Box Office Predictions

  1. Halloween
  2. A Star is Born
  3. Venom
  4. Hunter Killer
  5. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

What You Should See

I’m gonna be honest with you guys right now:  I haven’t been to the theatre in a while.  None of us have here.  I think we’ve all been suffering from an intense sense of listlessness.  It’s that listlessness combined with things like work and midterms and not always being able to get out of bed in the morning has kept all of us here at GOO Reviews away from the movies for a while, at least two months or so.  And, while I’m certainly not going to tell you that this week’s releases are doing a whole lot to change that complacence/malaise, I think all of this time away from actually going out to a movie has finally sparked my own personal need to go see some of the movies we had meant to see.  Y’know, maybe some First Man (because not enough of you are seeing it) or maybe A Star Is Born (we hear there’s some sort of butt song?), probably some Bad Times at the El Royale (because it’s barely playing anymore and it really deserves better than it got).  Of course, none of this newfound energy is anywhere near enough for any of us to go out and see something like Venom, but it’s a start.  Hopefully that means we’ll be getting some actual reviews out to you guys sometime soon too.

As for the actual new movies this weekend?  Hunter Killer and Johnny English Strikes Again are the big ones, and I have nothing more to say about them, a filmed version of Funny Girl:  The Musical is showing at South Edmonton Common for you musical theatre nerds, and the documentary Free Solo, on famed free solo climber Alex Hannold, proves that, like Wonder, Wonder Wheel, Wonderstruck, Wonder Woman, and Professor Marston and the Wonder Women did in 2017, sometimes there are just going to be a bunch of movies with nothing in common but using the same word in their title all released in the same year.  Y’know, because Solo?  A Star Wars Story?  Remember that?

Anyway, the new movies I would actually pay some attention to this weekend are Mid90s, Beautiful Boy, and Bel Canto, but I can tell you right now, I probably won’t see any of them.  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t see them, but, as a ‘90s kid, Mid90s looks so perfectly emblematic of how cynical and nihilistic for no reason that growing up in that decade was that I feel actual pain just watching it, it’s tough for me to recommend an Oscar bait movie like Beautiful Boy if it’s only barely certified fresh, and Bel Canto has Ken Watanabe, but not the accompanying mind-bending, dream-within-a-dream action intrigue or environmental justice monsters that normally make his movies easy for me to recommend.  I think it’s, like, a period drama or something.

Finally, there’s this year’s installment of the Edmonton Festival of Fear, and… I don’t think I need to say much more for you to know whether or not it’s your bag.  For this weekend at the fest (which actually started yesterday and ends Saturday), you can see Lost in Apocalypse, Trauma, Covenant, Compulsion, and Luciferina, all destined to become horror classics I’m sure.

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