Opening this Weekend

Spider-Man:  Into the Spider-Verse

Mortal Engines

The Mule

Once Upon a Deadpool

A Private War

Blaze

The Bill Murray Stories:  Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man

Await Further Instructions

Roma

Box Office Predictions

  1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  2. The Grinch (2018)
  3. Ralph Breaks the Internet
  4. The Mule
  5. Mortal Engines

What You Should See

I was leaning towards calling this the weekend of strange movie premises, but in an age where superhero movies dominate the box office, the idea of alternate universe versions of the same or similar characters, as in Spider-Man:  Into the Spider-Verse isn’t that weird anymore.  And as for Mortal Engines?  Who’s gonna see that?  You?  This frankly, bizarre-looking movie about mobile… weaponized cities… traversing the landscape… hunting each other?  I guess?  Anyway, I’m actually pretty hyped about both, the Spider-Man one because it really does look that good, and t’other because… well, it really just looks that weird, so morbid curiosity wins out (though I probably won’t see Mortal Engines until it’s available at home, so a pyrrhic win at best).  Speaking of alternate universes, you can finally bring your youths to a Deadpool movie with Once Upon a Deadpool(which actually opened on Wednesday), a PG-13-ified alternate version of Deadpool 2 that I can’t wholly recommend in and of itself, but apparently some of the ticket proceeds go to the Fudge Cancer Foundation, so that’s good, we should all be out there fighting “the Big K”.  By going to see a movie.  Instead of just straight donating.  Donating our time and money.  To a worthwhile cause.

Meanwhile, on the subtler side of the big screen, Clint Eastwood’s The Mule, about an elderly drug runner, looks interesting (and also “Heh heh.  Mule.”), A Private War is something I have no interest in seeing but has important reflections on society I would imagine, The Bill Murray Stories:  Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man holds obvious appeals for its title alone, and the divisive horror movie Await Further Instructions, in which an estranged working-class family is trapped inside their suburban home by a mysterious entity, is here just in time to really get into the Christmas spirit.  And finally we have Ethan Hawke’s, in a directorial role, Blaze, and it’s ironic the movie finds itself surrounded by superhero movies, Spider-Man this week and Aquaman next, given Hawke’s views on the topic, to which I say f*ck Ethan Hawke because I’m only giving as much thought towards his new movie as he will give to superhero movies.

I should also mention that you can see Roma on Netflix starting today, a movie that’s getting a lot of awards buzz, mostly because it’s creating questions about what movies need to be seen in theatres, and there’s an access screening of Bumblebee this Saturday, almost a whole week ahead of its official release on the 21st that I’d be really, really excited about if it wasn’t playing Saturday night at South Edmonton Common, making it the sort of agoraphobic nightmare scenario that I just can’t abide.  Still, if you’re made of sterner stuff than I (oooh, a Generation One Transformers reference!), then you do you.

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