Opening this Weekend
Box Office Predictions
- The Invisible Man
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- The Call of the Wild
- The Way Back
What You Should See
I don’t know, I feel like there’s something wrong, or at least a little bit off, with a world that would see The Female Gaze, a film event celebrating female-directed and female-led films, opening on the same weekend as a new Ben Affleck movie.
But I guess it could be worse.
It could be a new Casey Affleck movie.
The big movies this week are the animated, Pixar-esque/lite Onward, with the voices of Chris Pratt (a.k.a., the least of the four Chrises [but still easily a god amongst mortals such as we]) and Tom Holland; Ben Affleck’s The Way Back, in which he plays an alcoholic high school basketball coach trying to do right; and Emma., which is, you guessed it, another retelling of the Jane Austen classic, this time starring Anya Taylor-Joy, and I know it might sound like I’m being pessimistic about this weekend’s new big releases, but trust me when I say that’s just me being pessimistic in general. I don’t have a problem with any of the major new movies this weekend. Except maybe The Way Back because its title draws a bit of attention away from a personal favourite movie of mine from 2013, the similarly titled The Way, Way Back.
And actually, there isn’t really a weak entry at all this weekend other than, unfortunately, the Steve-Coogan-starring Greed. Canadian horror movie True Fiction looks at least not bad, I don’t really know what to make of the Russian Ice 2, but it’s only playing on Sunday at Scotiabank Theatre, and all of Cunningham, Murmur, Illusions of Control, #Female Pleasure, and Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger, all part of Metro Cinema’s The Female Gaze event, look strong and maybe even important. And hey, if you’re really feeling in touch with your femine side this weekend, you might also want to look into the International Women’s Day rally here in Edmonton on Sunday. I mean, that sounds like fun? Right? Right? And not just because you have a mother or a daughter or a sister or an aunt and without those things you would be excused for having no understanding of what it’s like to be a woman because general empathy isn’t a thing with men.