Opening this Weekend

Aladdin

Brightburn

Booksmart

Asbury Park:  Riot, Redemption, Rock ‘N Roll

The Biggest Little Farm

Meeting Gorbachev

Badass Beauty Queen:  The Story Anastasia Lin

Danseur

Mixed Match

Patay Na Si Hesus (Jesus is Dead)

Box Office Predictions

  1. Aladdin
  2. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
  3. Avengers: Endgame
  4. Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
  5. Brightburn

What You Should See

I’m really starting to worry here, guys.  I’m really getting anxious.  I’m really starting to wonder if we can get this thing done.  I’m really, really worried that Avengers:  Endgame might not beat Avatar as the all-time box office champion.  And even if it does, even if it manages to beat that crime against man that is Avatar being the highest grossing movie of all time, it’s not enough for Endgame just to beat Avatar.  No, Endgame has to beat Avatar soundly.  Decisively.  It has to destroy Avatar. Because you just know that those son-of-a-bitches, those criminals and thieves who’ll be promoting the Avatar sequels, will get Avatar a major theatrical re-release before the sequels start (which we all pray never happens), making even more of their precious millions that they deposit in their secret Swiss bank accounts for Avatar.  So everyone go out and see Avengers:  Endgame again this weekend and let’s get this thing done!  Even if, technically, it is now the same company that makes money on Marvel movies and Avatar movies.

Anyway.

There are at least two bigger new movies I would see this weekend.  And neither of them is AladdinBrightburn, I feel, is the type of movie that’s a big dividing line between what I’m into and what normal people are into as it’s something I’ve been looking forward to for a bit while I’m sure most of you still haven’t heard of it.  It’s basically was a bad guy.  And it’s a horror.  I think seeing that will be an interesting mix once you’ve seen Endgame again.  Meanwhile, Booksmart is exactly the type of movie, a female-centric coming-of-age comedy, that we need right now in this time of political and social upheaval, which is why I’m sure most of you haven’t heard of it either.  You should see that after you’ve seen Endgame too.

And I don’t want to get too far off the topic of everyone seeing Avengers:  Endgame to finally beat Avatar at the worldwide box office this weekend, but, to be honest, most of everything coming out this weekend is worth a look.  Probably because they’re almost all documentaries.  Asbury Park:  Riot, Redemption, Rock ‘N Roll (playing in limited viewings at South Edmonton Common), The Biggest Little Farm (playing at the downtown Landmark), Meeting Gorbachev (playing at the Princess),

Badass Beauty Queen:  The Story of Anastasia Lin, Danseur, and Mixed Match (all three playing at Metro Cinema in limited viewings) all look surprisingly fantastic, particularly if you’re into their subject matter, and the Philippines-set dark comedy Patay Na Si (Jesus is Dead) is… also a movie (not sure how I feel about that one).

So that’s a lot of pretty good movies for you to see this weekend, so you guys definitely have a lot on your plate if you’re going to fit one or more of those movies in and get another viewing of Avengers:  Endgame in.  But let’s face it, now that Game of Thrones is done, you definitely have the time now.  Especially since none of you have any good reason to see Aladdin.  Right?

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