Opening this Weekend

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

A Dog’s Journey

The Sun Is Also a Star

Red Joan

The White Crow

Her Smell


Circle of Steel

Hail Satan?

Box Office Predictions

  1. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
  2. Avengers: Endgame
  3. Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
  4. A Dog’s Journey
  5. The Hustle

What You Should See

There’s a real simple formula for what new movies you should see this weekend.  And that formula is… if it looks good, you should see it.  If it looks cloying and traditional and reaching for the deeper truths that all truly meaningful films aspire to, it’s probably crap.

Of the movie’s I’d personally consider, John Wick:  Chapter 3 — Parabellum should be right up your alley if you’re a fan of the franchise, of which the first was pretty good, the second not so great but not terrible, Shadow looks pretty great and comes with my highest recommendation (because who doesn’t love the effective use of a steel umbrella in martial arts flicks?), Circle of Steel could be good if you’re looking for something much more homegrown, and you should all see Hail Satan? if you know what’s good for you.  In between lies Her Smell, a movie I might normally recommend if its title wasn’t so offputting (because I can really imagine Elisabeth Moss maybe not being the most aromatically pleasing individual based on the movie’s publicity photos).

Absolutely you should skip A Dog’s Journey (because screw that sort of false/ingenuine storytelling), The Sun Is Also a Star, the movie that proves beautiful people are worthy of love, strikes a lot of the wrong notes for me, Red Joan got terrible reviews, and The White Crow’s historical Russian dancing based on true events story just doesn’t float my boat.

And if you have time, honestly, you should really see Avengers:  Endgame.  We need to get this thing past that terrible Avatar for highest grossing movie of all time, and right now there’s only a little over $250 million to go.

And if you have a lot of time, they’re showing all three extended versions of the Lord of the Rings movies at Metro Cinema.