Opening this Weekend

Frozen II

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

21 Bridges

Frankie

The Irishman

Box Office Predictions

  1. Frozen II
  2. Ford v Ferrari
  3. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  4. 21 Bridges
  5. Midway

What You Should See

It’s a real mixed bag at the movies this weekend, some real winners, some movies I didn’t know what to expect but thought they’d be better than what we ultimately got, and one real x-factor that I wasn’t sure was ever going to show in theatres here in Edmonton.

Of the movies opening wide, both the animated Frozen II and the Mr. Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood look like strong picks, though both are of a particular enough persuasion that I’m probably not the one who needs to tell you whether or not you should see them.  They did both do well critically at least, so no worries there.

On the other hand, 21 Bridges, the weekend’s other side release, doesn’t look so hot despite boasting the production talents of the Russo brothers and starring the actors who played Black Panther, Commissioner Gordon, and Gambit (which isn’t much of a joke anymore because there aren’t that many major actors who haven’t been superheroes anymore [and yes, Commissioner Gordon counts as a superhero because he’s at least as awesome as Batman]).  Meanwhile, the more arthouse independently oriented drama, Frankie, starring Isabelle Huppert and the actor who played Aunt May isn’t quite hitting the right side of critical consensus for me to tell you to go see it.

And then there’s The Irishman.  Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman .  Ol’ superhero-movie-hatin’ Scorsese.  Ol’ stuck-in-his-ways Scorsese.  And yeah, there’s more to his argument than superhero movies are bad, and yeah, he’s right that big-budget-superhero-movie dominance is a threat to a diversity of cinema under our current Hollywood studio system, and yeah, I’m almost 100% in agreement with him (to the extent that I am able to read whole articles anymore after conditioning myself towards Marvel movies almost exclusively over the last 11 years and 23 installments), but… I don’t know, I just didn’t like his tone.  Plus we can all wait till next week to see The Irishman at home on Netflix.  Nevertheless, it does look like a really good movie, and I do want to support the fine people at Metro Cinema, who are running it exclusively, three times a day through this whole weekend, so… yeah, you should probably go see The Irishman at Metro.  Let’s give Scorsese the chance he refuses to give other movies, prove who’s the bigger person, and go see The Irishman.  Sigh.