Box Office Weekend: February 9, 2018

This week’s big releases are the rah rah America! The 15:17 to Paris, Peter Rabbit, and Fifty Shades Freed. There’s nothing I’m explicitly excited for, which is fine, I guess?

Permission stars Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens as a couple who date other people as a means to strengthen their relationship.

Entanglement stars Thomas Middleditch as a man who falls in love with a woman (“who was almost his sister”) following a suicide attempt.

La Boda de Valentina is a Mexican comedy where a woman has to decided between two handsome bachelors.

But Deliver Us from Evil is a religious thriller about Lillith, Adam’s first wife, who wreaks havoc on America. Who knew Lillith did more than inspire a ’90s festival? (This seems more sexist than I could ever fathom.)

The Female Brain is a comedy starring Sofia Vergara, Cecily Strong, and Whitney Cummings, who also directed the film.

The Next Big Thing is a dark comedy about a young man who deeply desires fame.

The 15:17 to Paris is Clint Eastwood’s latest film, so we can expect a weird, racist spin on the true story about three American soldiers who foil a terrorist attack on a train in Europe. Eastwood cast the soldiers as themselves, and the reviews are not good.

Monster Family is an animated film for kids about a family who is cursed by a witch and transformed into monsters.

Fifty Shades Freed is the third and last installment in the Fifty Shades of Grey series.

Peter Rabbit is an animated children’s movie that seems, frankly, wholly unrelated to both the story and spirit of the stories by Beatrix Potter, except for the fact that both Peters were rabbits without pants. This film stars Rose Byrne, and Domnhall Gleeson (as a bad guy, again!) with the voice of James Corden as Peter, and I am opposed in every possible way to this movie, both because of source material issues and because I don’t think our children should learn that it’s OK to lie to your partner or friend in the way Peter and ol’ red head do. Romantic comedies for adults get into this and it’s uncool there, too.

Golden Exits stars Emily Browning, Adam Horowitz, Mary Louise Parker, Jason Schwartzman, Chloƫ Sevigny and Analeigh Tipton. Directred by Alex Ross Perry, the film follows two families whose Brooklyn bliss is interrupted by the arrival of a young woman.

Basmati Blues is a romantic comedy starring Brie Larson as a scientist sent to India to sell her genetically-modified rice to farmers. She falls in love and…sings.

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