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Overall, it’s not a super exciting week, with the top rung dominated by sequels and remakes. Here’s what’s new out there for you.
OPENING THIS WEEK
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, Gabriel Bateman.
Once again, Hollywood is on the remake train. We get the movies we deserve, people. This is the remake of a 1988 horror movie about a mother named Karen (Plaza) who gives her son Andy a toy doll for his birthday. The doll is no fun.
Above photo: A knife brandished by said doll.
Toy Story 4
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key.
This is Disney/Pixar. Woody, Buzz and the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. It turns into an unexpected reunion between Woody and his long-lost friend Bo Peep. They discuss the old days and start to realize that they’re worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.
Note: It’s been a long road to this movie. Two original writers, Will McCormack and Rashida Jones (the actor), left the project in 2017 after some misconduct allegations against former Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter, including some unwanted advances toward Jones. The “story by” credits are about eight people deep now.
Cast: Sasha Luss, Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans.
Beneath Anna Poliatova’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins.
Note: This is directed by Luc Besson, and movies about dangerous women with striking beauty are kind of his jam. He’s made, among others, Lucy, The Fifth Element and Nikita. This film was delayed by some #MeToo allegations.
Cast: Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, Radha Mitchell, Julian McMahon.
Local kids get a dose of excitement when a 200-ton blue whale washes up on a beach in 1970s Australia, and their parents find their own good time by drinking and playing games behind closed doors.
Note: The director, Stephan Elliott, made The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and Easy Virtue, which starred new vaccine expert Jessica Biel. Elliott was also endearing in a little documentary called Killing Priscilla about the making of Eye of the Beholder that seems to have vanished off the face of the earth.
Cast: Lea Seydoux, Colin Firth, Matthias Schoenaerts, Max Von Sydow.
This is based on the story of a real 2000 submarine disaster, Kursk follows the final hours of an “unsinkable” Russian nuclear submarine as it sinks to the bottom of the Barents Sea.
NEW ON NETFLIX
Cast: Anthony Anderson, Uzo Abuda, Khalil Everage, Emayatzy Corinealdi.
A reclusive teenage musical prodigy forms an unlikely friendship with a down-on-his-luck high school security guard.
Note: This is a great chance to see Abuda (Orange is the New Black) in a non-Crazy Eyes role.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Adam Devine: Best Time of Our Lives (Netflix original)
The Edge of Democracy (Netflix film)
Le Chant du Loup (Netflix film)
Ad Vitam (Netflix original)
Bolívar (Netflix original)
The End of Evangelion
EVANGELION: DEATH (TRUE)²
Jason Kahan Bata Ae Dil (Netflix film)
La misma sangre (Netflix film)
Mr. Iglesias (Netflix original)
NEW TO VOD
Cast: Brie Larsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Djimon Hounsou, Jude Law.
Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers.
5-second hot take: Why did so many people compare Captain Marvel to Wonder Woman and talk about which one was better? Can’t we just have multiple woman superhero films that stand independently without making them compete with each other? Why do we keep doing this to women?
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