Opening this Weekend

The Call of the Wild

Brahms:  The Boy II

The Lodge

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

The Assistant

The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao

Nomad:  In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

The Wise Fool

Box Office Predictions

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog
  2. The Call of the Wild
  3. Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
  4. Bad Boys for Life
  5. Brahms: The Boy II

What You Should See

It’s a real mess up there, looking over this weekend’s list of new releases, and while you’d be forgiven for resolving to ignore the whole thing until something better comes out, I want to make it clear that there are new movies I would see this weekend.  Just not anything most people would normally want to see.

To get the big new releases out of the way, I would not see any of the Harrison Ford retelling of The Call of the Wild, horror sequel Brahms:  The Boy II, or horror-movie-that-opened-two-weeks-ago-world-wide-and-is-just-opening-here-now The Lodge.  I also personally have little interest in the Werner-Herzog-directed Nomad:  In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin or documentary The Wise Fool, though I wouldn’t call you a fool if their you’re type of thing.

What are much more exciting new releases this weekend are Portrait of a Lady on Fire (only at the downtown Landmark), The Assistant (only at the Princess), and The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday only at Metro Cinema).  Portrait of a Lady on Fire in particular seems like it could be a pretty big deal in foreign cinema.

And I guess that’s it.  And y’know, I really thought I’d have something funny or interesting to add to this weekend’s previews by this point.  Surely I’d have thought of something great to add to give this week’s entry a bit of a spark of life or vitality.  Something well timed or thoughtful or engaging to tie everything together in the end or to make it seem like everything is going to be okay.  Something to say that, no matter how well or poorly this week may have been, there’s still the weekend and there will still be the promise of a new week to look forward to.  Something to say that life is still worth living.

But I guess not.