Opening this Weekend

Playmobil:  The Movie

Dark Waters

Honey Boy


In Fabric


Code 8

The Whistleblower

Deconstructing the Beatles:  Abbey Road side 1

Deconstructing the Beatles:  Abbey Road side 2

One Piece:  Stampede


Box Office Predictions

  1. Frozen II
  2. Knives Out
  3. Ford v Ferrari
  4. Queen & Slim
  5. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

What You Should See

So this isn’t exactly the type of new movie weekend that’ll light the fire that will burn the first order of established new movies down (that’s still about two weeks away), but… there are a lot of them.  New movies that is.  And, actually, they all look mostly kind of interesting.  With one exception.

Playmobil:  The Movie is the… it’s a… Playmobil is… I don’t really feel like finishing this sentence.  Remember those toys that kind of looked like Lego figures only bigger and the buildings and vehicles didn’t work like building blocks and they were always inexplicably around even though you didn’t care about them, never asked for them, and didn’t care about them, and maybe if you were one of the more thoughtful kids you imagined “Maybe these are popular in some other part of the world”?  No?  Well, anyway, these are those toys; they’re back, in movie form.  And they’re getting terrible reviews.

Now that that one’s out of the way, I thought given the large amount of other new releases, I’d split the remaining movies up into a list of hots and nots or at least should sees and should not sees, but… it turns out almost everything else this weekend is worth at least considering.  The politically charged, based-on-real-events Dark Waters, about the DuPont chemical poisoning scandal, starring the Hulk, has gotten strong reviews and looks intriguing; Honey Boy, the semi-autobiographical not-quite-biopic from Shia Laboeuf, could be a real awards contender (playing only at the downtown Landmark); Waves, an emotional family drama, has somehow gone without much fanfare despite very strong reviews (only at South Edmonton Common); In Fabric looks like a really nuts, 70s-style horror concept (only at Metro Cinema); and Atlantics is “an unpredictable supernatural drama rooted in real-world social commentary” set in Dakar, and that sounds pretty good too (only at Metro Cinema).

On the other hand, Code 8 is a real strange aberration of a movie in that it’s Canadian-produced and stars a lot of Canadian actors (plus Sung Kang, who doesn’t get much work now that everyone’s long forgotten that Shaw killed Han) but is only playing once here on Saturday night at South Edmonton Common; The Whistleblower, a Chinese-Australian co-production, is playing at the downtown Landmark, but doesn’t look so hot; and two anime movies, One Piece:  Stampede and Promare are also making their debuts.

Oh yeah, and there’s some Beatles thing too, some kind of lecture series on deconstructing Abbey Road?  In two parts?  So if you’re a fan of lead singers who beat their wives and take nude pictures of themselves… go for it?