Opening this Weekend

Fantastic Beasts:  The Crimes of Grindelwald

Instant Family


Boy Erased

Burn the Stage:  The Movie

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Studio 54

Searching for Ingmar Bergman

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

Expecting Sunshine

Salaam B’y

Box Office Predictions

  1. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  2. The Grinch
  3. Bohemian Rhapsody
  4. Instant Family
  5. Widows

What You Should See

Is it weird that there’s a new Mark Wahlberg movie coming out and I’ve never heard of it before?  I mean, I don’t pay that much attention to Mark Wahlberg movies in general, but they have a way of insisting on themselves that’s usually difficult to fully ignore, so it’s just weird to me to be surprised when I see a movie that’s just about to open that stars Mark Wahlberg.  I think this one, Instant Family, involves his complete waste of a character from Transformers, adopting the only other character in a Transformers movie that was even more of a waste of screen time or something.  Instant Family isn’t likely to be as much of a waste of time or as directly damaging to your psyche and views of humanity as any of the Transformers movies, but still, I don’t think anyone needs to see this one.  Also, Fantastic Beasts:  The Crimes of Grindelwald opens this weekend.  Also, Widows opens this weekend.  Those are the big ones.  That’s all I have to say about them.

Now that we’ve got those out of the way, though, I’m actually feeling pretty high on the rest of the weekend’s new releases.  Burn the Stage:  The Movie features K-Pop boy band BTS in… I guess it doesn’t matter what it is, it’s BTS, so….  Boy Erased, the Joel-Edgerton-directed, Lucas-Hedges-starring film on gay conversion therapy has award-winning potential, which is good, because that sort of emotionally charged material has the chance to go south real fast if not handled well.  Searching for Ingmar Bergman looks like a real important piece on the legendary filmmaker, Studio 54, a documentary on the legendary New York nightclub, looks like it’ll redeem that horrid 54 movie with Mike Myers from the late ‘90s that I doubt anyone would remember if not for either this new documentary or if I hadn’t just mentioned it now, and I genuinely laughed at that The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales trailer.  We’ve also got some limited showings for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Expecting Sunshine, and Salaam B’y.

Also, heads up, for those of you unlucky enough to have had to celebrate Thanksgiving last month (i.e., all of Canada), next week is the seeming week-long holiday known as American Thanksgiving, and that means next week’s new movies will be opening this Wednesday rather than next Friday (And, for the record, that’s the proper way of referring to a Wednesday and a Friday next week, with ‘this’ and ‘next’, from the perspective of today, Friday).  Honestly, normally I’d leave these movies for next week’s previews, but they’re all really big, probably really good movies, so I’m mentioning them here now.  Creed 2, as far as I’m concerned, is the biggest movie of the year after Avengers:  Infinity War (and the movie likely to break us out of our nearly four-month-long streak of not reviewing even one single movie), Ralph Breaks the Internet:  Wreck-It Ralph 2 looks like a real solid follow-up to the delightful Wreck-It Ralph from… holy crap, that was a long time ago (2012), and Green Book looks set to be a contender for this year’s Oscars (And for the record, I do feel weird about using ‘this’ to refer to an awards ceremony that won’t air until ‘next’ year).

Also, another Robin Hood movie opens next Wednesday too.  Not really an event worthy of its own paragraph, but I didn’t feel right including it in the last one, as if it deserved to stand alongside of the others as if it was similarly worth thinking about or going to.