It’s time to put your life on hold because Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse comes out this weekend (it’s one of the best movies you’ll see this year, guaranteed). That, and new trailers for BrightBurn and Godzilla: King of Monsters? Yeah, this weekend slays.
Opening this week:
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
I’ve seen Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse twice already. Currently, it’s sitting at the number two spot for my favorite films of 2018 but, who knows, by the time the year ends and I actually make my list, it could be number one. The animation, the humor, the focus on Miles Morales, the emotion and all of the other Spider-people makes the whole movie so much fun and re-watchable to no end. You are not going to miss this one, I promise you that (don’t watch the trailers, either! It’s more fun if you go in blind).
Mad Max meets The Hunger Games in what’s destined to become one of the biggest box-office bombs of 2018. Seriously, they couldn’t have picked a worse time to release Mortal Engines — not only does it not look that good but they put so much money into the project. With everyone seeing Spider-Man this weekend instead of this, Universal Pictures is about to lose a lot of money off this one.
I wasn’t sure about The Mule at first, just because Clint Eastwood’s track-record has become rather spotty lately and there haven’t been a whole lot of trailers for the film, but I’ve been hearing good things about this one coming out of early screenings — enough to make me want to go check the movie out this weekend (if I can talk myself out of seeing Spider-Verse for the third time instead, that is).
The House That Jack Built
This one certainly isn’t going to be for everyone. Truth be told, I don’t know if it’s going to be for me or not, as Lars Von Trier is a weird, weird dude and The House That Jack Built definitely looks to be playing into that weird persona. We’ll see, I guess.
Brightburn (May 24, 2019)
What if Superman wasn’t so friendly? That’s the question that this trailer for Brightburn is asking us, leading me to suddenly become obsessed with this movie. Playing on the Man of Steel/superhero genre and turning it into a horror movie, all coming from the mind of James Gunn, sounds like a perfect concoction that I cannot WAIT to check out.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (May 31, 2019)
While I personally prefer the earlier trailers to Godzilla: King of Monsters that were set to the backdrop of classical music, it’s hard to watch this footage and not get excited about the movie. Godzilla isn’t just fighting one or two monsters this time around, but rather what seems to be an entire freakin’ army. Get ready for a whole lot of mayhem and chaos.
Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (May 15, 2019)
Yes, I’m dead serious, Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is ranking this high on the list this week. I put off watching the first Shaun the Sheep Movie for the longest time because, like everyone else, I thought it looked dumb and worthless. When I actually got around to seeing it, though, I couldn’t believe how enjoyable and funny the movie actually was. I’m not making the same mistake this time — Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, you have my box-office dollars.
The Mustang (March 15, 2019)
Looking for a great movie about modern-day horse trainers? Check out The Rider, which came out earlier this year and is pretty terrific. That plug now aside, I like what I’m seeing for The Mustang, too. It’ll surely be an emotionally driven tale — one that hopefully can handle that weight of its subject matter without becoming too hammy — that has me wanting to see more.
Triple Frontier (March, 2019)
Triple Frontier certainly has a cast, I will say that. I like the basic idea of this premise, too — a bunch of ex-marines who perform heists for themselves. Hopefully, this doesn’t turn into another Runner, Runner kind of situation for Ben Affleck, but you never really do know with these Netflix releases
An Acceptable Loss (Jan. 18, 2019)
While I’m all for the Jamie Lee Curtis renaissance following Halloween, even I have to admit that An Acceptable Loss looks rather, well, dull. If a two-minute trailer can’t really even keep my interest, I’m worried what the actual motion picture will be like.
Playmobil: The Movie (Aug. 16, 2019)
And here, folks, we have the biggest knock-off/'why is this getting made?’ movie of the week, Playmobil: The Movie. Since The Lego Movie was such a huge hit when it was released, every other toy studio is now trying to get their own film franchise off the ground without actually having the means or talent to do so, meaning we’re going to be subject to a whole bunch of lifeless, unoriginal movies like this one. Don't need any more trailers or anything. It's a hard pass from me.
Flags of our Fathers (2006)
With Clint Eastwood returning to the director’s chair with The Mule this week, it’s a worthwhile endeavor to go look over some of the other movies he’s directed in the past 15 or so years. While there have been some stinkers in there — J. Edgar, Hereafter and Jersey Boys — Flags of our Fathers was a really good war epic that not a lot of people saw. Meant to be paired with Letters from Iwo Jima, it depicts American soldiers during and after the Battle of Iwo Jima, trying to cope with everything around them. It’s certainly not an easy watch, but it’s one that’s pretty well-told nonetheless.