Opening this Weekend

UglyDolls

Long Shot

The Intruder

Amazing Grace

Diane

JT LeRoy

The Public

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Code Geass:  Lelouch of the Re;surrection

Okko’s Inn

Unmothered

Box Office Predictions

  1. Avengers: Endgame
  2. UglyDolls
  3. Long Shot
  4. The Intruder
  5. Captain Marvel

What You Should See

You’ve seen Avengers:  Endgame, right?  I mean, it’s already made almost $1.5 billion.  It’s already the 8th highest grossing movie of all time while being open for less than a week.  And it’s got a 95% Rotten Tomatoes score.  You didn’t not see (Nazi?) it this weekend, did you?  Well, whether or not you have or have not, you should probably see it again.  It’s our best shot at unseating that horrible Avatar from the top spot of all-time highest grossing movie.  And, I mean, if people don’t support this thing it might not make it.

Now, while the previous is mostly a declarative statement about the importance of seeing Avengers, it’s also a bit of an indictment of the big new movies debuting this weekend.  So if your eyes have somehow drifted either UglyDolls or The Intruder’s way, don’t.  Just don’t give those movies a chance.  Long Shot, the Seth Rogen/Charlize Theron comedy, actually looks not bad, though, but… I mean, c’mon, there are bigger priorities right now.

Indies this week include the Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace, and dramas Diane, JT LeRoy, and The Public, all playing at the Princess and all but J.T. LeRoy coming with at least a mild recommendation from me, particularly The Public if only for the morbid curiosity of seeing the nearly forgotten Emilio Estevez acting again.  A little bit more on the fringes are anime movies Code Geass:  Lelouch of the Re;surrection and Okko’s Inn, with the former maybe being too specific to recommend to general audiences and the latter maybe being a bit too kiddy for more mature audiences, but I got nothing against either.  Meanwhile, homebodies can groove to the spirit of murder that is Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, the Zac-Efron-as-Ted-Bundy docudrama showing on Netflix, and you can also head over to South Edmonton Common on Friday or Saturday to take in the first Tim Burton Batman movie, which will be followed by Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin after the weekend, all in celebration of Batman’s 80th anniversary.

If you’re looking for a more Avengers-free weekend, though, the one thing I’ll actually recommend you check out this year’s NorthwestFest, Canada’s longest-running-and-therefore-best documentary film festival.  In particular, I’d recommend checking out Unmothered, which I’ve already seen because that’s the kind of privileged life I lead, from award-winning Franco-Albertan director Marie-France Guerette on the loss of her mother.  It’s showing at 4PM on Sunday at Metro Cinema and the director herself will be in attendance.

And then you can go see Avengers:  Endgame [again].

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