Weekend Box Office: Friday, June 22, 2018

There’s an aspiring blockbuster out this weekend, plus the second season of Luke Cage! Trailers within…

Damsel is an comedy set in the Old West, and I’m kind of into it, as it stars Mia Wasikowska as a woman on her own who has no interest in marrying Robert Pattinson.

Boundaries stars Vera Farmiga and Kristen Schaal as two sisters juggling the responsibility of their criminal father, played by Christopher Plummer.

The Catcher Was A Spy stars Paul Rudd as Moe Berg, an American catcher who joined the war effort during WWII as a spy. Berg was a prolific quiz show contestant, spoke seven languages, went to Ivy League schools… it’s a great story, and the movie did well on the festival circuit.

The King is a documentary about Elvis, using his 1963 Rolls Royce to drive cross-country in the pursuit of stories about the prolific drunk and serial cheater.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom reunites Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt with his bdf (best dinosaur friend) Blue when the dinosaurs take over (again).

Spiral is a documentary from Laura Fairie about the rise of anti-semitism in France—and the world.

On Netflix today:

Brain on Fire, based on Susannah Cahalan’s memoir. Callahan was a writer for the New York Post who began to behave erratically and suffer from seizures. She was eventually diagnosed as having an autoimmune disorder, and her brain was overheating! (Note: this film was released internationally in 2016 and only getting its domestic release now.)

Cooking on High, a competitive cooking show centered around cannabis.

Derren Brown: Miracle, a new special debunking faith, fear, and more, from the illusionist himself.

Heavy Rescue: 401, season two.

Marvel’s Luke Cage, season two!

Us and Them, a drama about “brutish youths” and “economic inequality in the U.K.”

And coming to Netflix on June 24…

To Each, Her Own (Les Goûts et les Couleurs); info was not available at press time.

…And on the 26th:

Secret City: “A student’s protest leads to a government scandal that has personal and professional repercussions for one of Australia’s toughest journalists.” Starring my girl Jacki Weaver and Anna Torv.

Kamau Bell: Private School Negro, a stand up special from one of our favorite comedians.

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