Opening this Weekend

Joker

The Climbers

Sometimes Always Never

First Love (Hatsukoi)

Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl

Over a Barrel

Box Office Predictions

  1. Joker
  2. Abominable
  3. Downton Abbey
  4. Hustlers
  5. IT: Chapter Two

What You Should See

Last weekend, I got a bit on my high horse saying you should all go catch something at this year’s Edmonton International Film Festival, and while I’d still encourage you to attend the festival’s closing two days this Friday and Saturday, I would have to be more than a bit mad not to focus in on this weekend’s biggest new release.

Joker opens this weekend amid a storm of controversy, bad creator reactions, and hilarity, but nothing else, it really feels like the movie that will define this year at the movies.  Y’know, other than Avengers:  Endgame.  And maybe Star Wars:  The Rise of Skywalker if we’re lucky.  Plus it looks thoughtful at its highest points and at least not bad at its lowest.

Meanwhile, The Climbers, the Chinese-language film where Jackie Chan beats up a mountain (or something) opens at the downtown Landmark, the very English-language drama Sometimes Always Never starring the very English-person Bill Nighy is showing at Princess Theatre, the Japanese-language First Love from Japanese-director Takashi Miike is playing at Metro Cinema and looks intriguing, the Japanese-language anime Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl, the movie sequel to anime series Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai is playing for two days only at South Edmonton Common, and Canadian-tar-sands-set Over a Barrel is a short documentary that will surely have mutual agreement and no hard feelings at its core.

And, actually, I’d probably see everything opening this weekend if this were a perfect world, with no term papers or early midterms or work taking up the rest of my time, but your weekend isn’t quite so ‘the only alternatives I have are lying around on the couch and I’m gradually being covered in couch sores’, I’d probably at least try to make time for First Love.