Opening this Weekend
Box Office Predictions
- Captain Marvel
- Wonder Park
- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
- Five Feet Apart
- Tyler Perry’s a Madea Family Funeral (not showing in Edmonton)
What You Should See
Before we get started, I just want to say that, yes, there are a plethora of new movie options for you this weekend, but I’ll caution you that many of them lie more on the indie/fringe side of things and at least a few of them are French. Leading up to the International Day of La Francophonie on Wednesday, the 20th, Metro Cinema will be holding its own French Film Festival, including new releases Le livre d’image, the newest from legendary weirdo director Jean-Luc Godard that looks precisely like the kind of movie people envision when they think of the word pretentious, Invisible Essence: The Little Prince, which, to me, looks very whatever, and La belle et la belle, which actually looks not bad.
The next thing I’m going to talk about is a movie that caused a bit of controversy around the GOO Reviews offices (by which I mean our Slack channel; who in the hell would actually pay for a physical space for this ludicrous, slapdash operation we’ve got going here?) as the only way for most of us to see it is on Netflix. It’s not the first Netflix movie I’ve talked about here in “Predictions and Predilections”, but the decision to include it represents our decision to officially include major new streaming movies as part of our weekend previews. And don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to go on a Spielberg-ian rant on the subject of Netflix movies not being real movies (I couldn’t care less about that), it’s just that until now most of said releases haven’t been big enough to mention. And it was always easier to leave them out. I’m lazy like that. Plus there are a ton of movies that are debuting on streaming only platforms all the time that aren’t really worth mentioning. So we made a decision. A momentous decision. One that may one day live in infamy. One that may have consequences with a far greater reach than this blog and could up-end an entire industry. And that decision was… we’ll mention Netflix movies if we think they’re big enough to mention. And that’s why we’re mentioning Triple Frontier here. It’s got Ben Affleck!
Now if you’re still hanging around at this point, I’ll go through the rest of the movies here. The children’s animated movie Wonder Park is opening, so is Five Feet Apart, another entry in the teen romance/terminal illness genre, sci-fi thriller Captive State looks kind of neat, the genre anime Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] II. lost butterfly combines fantasy elements with possibly the most infuriating punctuation and capitalization I’ve ever seen in a movie title, director Gaspar Noé’s Climax looks energetic, visually stunning, and probably won’t actually be anything you’d actually want to see if you’re a normal person, and the crime-drug film Birds of Passage is probably going to be the only one of any of the movies in this paragraph that would actually be worth your time.