Opening this Weekend

Downton Abbey

Rambo:  Last Blood

Ad Astra

Official Secrets

Gaugin:  Voyage to Tahiti

Love, Antosha

Roll Red Roll

Box Office Predictions

  1. Downton Abbey
  2. IT: Chapter Two
  3. Rambo: Last Blood
  4. Ad Astra
  5. Hustlers

What You Should See

You know, there was a time when the thought of a new Rambo movie would be a big deal. And there was a time when the thought of a theatrical release of a British drama originally aired locally on PBS would be nothing but an entirely ignorable bore. Oh how far we’ve come.

This week, the final vicious adventure of a traumatized Vietnam veteran/real American hero goes head to head with the further tales of the Crawley family and their servants as the King and Queen of England visit the family’s Edwardian country house in Rambo: Last Blood and Downton Abbey respectively, and judging by critical reactions so far, it’s looking like British drama might be a bit more pleasing than the violent bloodbath. In any case, it’s likely that both would be best for pre-existing fans.

The big movie opening I’m recommending to everyone this week, though, is Ad Astra, the Brad Pitt/Tommy Lee Jones space vehicle that looks both intriguing and heart-wrenching. Also recommended is Brit drama Official Secrets, playing at Princess Theatre, a movie with the seemingly unusual distinction of being decent despite being directed by the same man who brought us the horrendous X-Men Origins: Wolverine (though to be fair, most of Gavin Hood’s other movies are actually well regarded), and the documentaries Love, Antosha and Roll Red Roll, both playing at Metro Cinema.

That leaves the only new movie I’m fully recommending against this weekend, Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti, a foreign-language biopic on 19th-Century painter Paul Gauguin that… I just get really frustrated when such a stuffy-sounding subject also turns out to be a not very good movie. It’s like double negative that way, a premise that would put the masses to sleep combined with not much critical value.  It’s like, come on.

Also, this Monday marks the first of three theatrical showings of Friends 25th: The One with the Anniversary, an event where you can… watch a more-than-two-decades-old TV show… on a theatre screen… with other people around.

So yay.