Opening this Weekend

Aquaman

Mary Poppins Returns

Bumblebee

Second Act

Welcome to Marwen

The Favourite

Mary Queen of Scots

Ben is Back

Mirai

Pick of the Litter

Box Office Predictions

  1. Aquaman
  2. Mary Poppins Returns
  3. Bumblebee
  4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  5. The Grinch (2018)

What You Should See

Oh boy, there is a lot of stuff to see this weekend.  Hope you have a family that’s mostly interested in seeing movies this week, because there’s no way you’ll be able to find time for every new movie you should be seeing if they want to do any of that other family crap (like caroling ).

And y’know what?  It’ll be a GOO Reviews first, but I think I’m going to recommend everything opening this weekend.  I mean, there’s still a scale, sure, of course there are some movies I would see before others, but there’s not one new movie opening this weekend that I absolutely would not see.  Starting with what’s probably the biggest movie of the weekend, I’m not necessarily going to recommend Aquaman to everyone given the reviews, but I’m pretty excited (and yet also very apprehensive) about it, I think Mary Poppins Returns has its own guaranteed audience and I wouldn’t blame you if you’re one of them (even if I’m not), and Bumblebee looks poised to become one of the greatest movie triumphs of the 21st century simply by being the one modern Transformers movie that’s not insultingly, hatefully bad.  It actually looks pretty good.

There’s also a few movies opening this weekend with a decidedly more awards-oriented bent, especially The Favourite, directed by auteur/genius/pretentious weirdo Yorgos Lanthimos of The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer fame, two movies I kind of loved but would absolutely not recommend to most people.  The Favourite, though, looks like the first movie from the director that won’t be so directly off-putting, so you should give it a chance.  Then there’s Mary Queen of Scots and Ben is Back, both of which I would consider if not necessarily go to.  Finally, the anime film Mirai looks like another great release from director Mamoru Hosoda (whose The Boy and the Beast came close-ish to making our top 10 back in 2015) and Pick of the Litter looks like it’s about dogs or something, which I couldn’t care less about, but it’s sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes right now, so I can’t just totally deny it.  Some people out there will clearly like it.

Yup, it’s a really great Christmas week to have off if you’re a movie fan.  Yup.  Nothing to ruin it at all.  It’s sunshine and rainbows from here.  Nothing but blue skies do I see.  Yup…  Yup… wait… wait… is that… is that… oh no.  Oooh no.  Ooohoo nooo.  There’s Welcome to MarwenAnd Second Act .  I almost forgot about those.  I think my mind might have tried to intentionally blocked them out for the sake of my own sanity and self preservation.  Don’t see either of those.  Stay far away.

Also, Holmes and Watson, the latest Will Ferrel/John C. Reilly joint, and Vice, with a fat Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, are opening next Tuesday (Christmas!), and Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old, director Peter Jackson’s World-War-I restoration piece, is showing only next Thursday at South Edmonton Common, so if any of those float your boat, then float away you!

Oh, and Merry Christmas!  I almost forgot to mention that.

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