Welcome to This Weekend in Movies, a weekly column where we tell you what’s new at the cinema, on-demand, or through your favorite streaming service.
This week’s big releases are Eddie the Eagle, Triple 9, Gods of Egypt, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny is the Netflix-released sequel to Ang Lee’s 2000 sensation Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Direction and choreography is from Yuen Woo-ping, who choreographed the first film. Bad ass Yu Shu Lien comes out of retirement to protect the Green Destiny sword from the wrong hands; she again finds a maybe-villainous young woman with a forbidden love as a thorn in her side. See it on Netflix.
Eddie the Eagle, a based-on-true events sports film (which makes me cry every time it shows before a film at the cinema) stars Taron Egerton as Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, a self-funded British ski jumped determined to compete in the Olympics. Hugh Jackman co-stars as Eddie’s trainer.
Triple 9 is an ensemble heist thriller starring Anthony Mackie, Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Michael K. Williams, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson, and Kate Winslet. A group of corrupt cops and career criminals must murder a police officer and pull off a complex heist to please the Russian mafia.
Gods of Egypt stars Gerard Butler and Brenton Thwaites as Egyptian gods in an over-the-top, shouldn’t-they-have-released-this-in-January action flick.
Also new this weekend are Aligarh, a biographical film about Ramchandra Siras, an Indian linguist fired for his sexual orientation; A Country Called Home, a Kickstarter-funded film starring Imogen Poots as a disaffected woman who returns to her small Texas hometown after the death of her father; Marguerite & Julien, a French film about two aristocratic siblings struggling to live in a world that won’t embrace their incestuous love; King Georges, a documentary about restaurateur Georges Perrier and the closing of his restaurant, Le Bec-Fin.
Previously opened films include Deadpool, The Witch, The Fifth Wave, Zoolander 2, How to Be Single, Kung Fu Panda 3, Risen, Race, and Hail, Caesar!