Welcome back to This Weekend in Movies, the Scholars’ guide to what’s new at the box office this week.
10 Cloverfield Lane stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a woman who wakes up in an underground bunker with John Goodman and John Gallagher, Jr. J.J. Abrams, the producer, calls this a spiritual successor, but not a sequel, to shaky cam smash Cloverfield. Winstead’s character thinks she’s been abducted by a survivalist, but Goodman’s character insists he’s saved her; if you’re sick to death of scary movies with women trying to escape with their lives, The Witch is still playing.
Hello, My Name is Doris is an R-rated comedy directed and co-written by Michael Showalter. Sally Field stars as Doris, an older, wacky woman trying to win the affection of her handsome younger co-worker, played by Max Greenfield.
Eye in the Sky sees unpleasant repercussions when the characters of Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman order a drone strike in Kenya.
City of Gold is a documentary from Laura Gabbert, following Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold as he explores the culinary city of Los Angeles.
Creative Control is set a few years in the future, in Brooklyn, where an ad executive uses future technology to fool around with some girl he likes.
The Brothers Grimsby is Sacha Baron Cohen’s new very R-rated comedy about two very different, reunited lost brothers. One is poor with nine children (Cohen), and another is a dashing MI6 agent (Mark Strong). With Rebel Wilson.
Rise of the Legend, a Chinese action film, gets its US release this week and about three guardsmen fighting one of their own when he betrays the Ming Dynasty.
The Young Messiah is the box office’s second biblical drama; this one is about the life of Jesus and adapted from Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt.
The Perfect Match follows the efforts of a playboy (Terrence Jenkins) who wants more from a casual fling (Cassie Venture); with Paula Patton, Brandy Norwood, and Donald Faison.
Also out this weekend are Admiral, getting its US release, following the story of Michiel de Ruyter, as Denmark protects its country against Britain, France, and Germany in the 1600s; Hot Water, a documentary from Liz Rogers about a uranium contamination in South Dakota; Marguerite, French satire based on the life of socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, an aspiring opera singer widely-mocked for her lack of talent; Remember, starring Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau as Holocaust survivors on a road trip to find the Nazis who killed their families; Talent Has Hunger, a seven-years-in-the-making documentary about the power of music;
Previously opened and currently playing films include Deadpool, Eddie the Eagle, Race, Risen, and Zoolander 2. Songs My Brother Taught Me is continuing its limited release across the country.