Box Office Weekend: Friday, October 19th, 2018

We may be in full swing for Award Season. We have a buzzed-about drama from Melissa McCarthy and a teen lit adaptation! New releases from Netflix and Amazon below the fold as well.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? stars Melissa McCarthy as author Lee Israel, who forged over 400 letters by noted authors (and later stole letters from libraries, replacing them with forgeries) to get by. The film is based on Israel’s memoir, which recounts the experience. The film is directed by Marielle Heller (Diary of a Teenage Girl) and the screenplay is written by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty. The film is getting great reviews.

The Waldheim Waltz is a documentary “about truth and lies and how a dishonest man can rise to power. Ruth Beckermann documents the process of uncovering former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim’s wartime past.”

On Her Shoulders is a documentary from Alexandria Bombach. It follows 23-year-old Nadia Murad, who survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped Isis, becoming “a relentless beacon of hope for her people.”

Mid90s is a coming-of-age film starring Katherine Waterson. Written and directed by Jonah Hill, it follows a 13-year-old boy navigating a “troubled home life” in L.A. in the 1990s.

Wildlife is a drama about a family struggling to stay together in the 1960s in Montana. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Carrie Mulligan. The film is directed by Paul Dano, who shares a writing credit with Zoe Kazan.

Halloween stars Jamie Lee Curtis, who returns for Laurie’s “final confrontation” with Jason. Judy Greer also stars, as Laurie’s daughter. The film is directed by David Gordon Green, who co-wrote the film with Danny McBride. The film is getting good reviews!

The Hate U Give is based on the best-selling teen novel by Audrey Wells. It stars Amandla Stenberg, Anthony Mackie, Common, Regina Hall, and has a slow roll-out since October 5; this is its opening weekend for a wide release. Stenberg stars as Starr, a young woman who witnesses the police shooting of her childhood best friend, and watches as her communities become increasingly divided.

What They Had stars Blythe Danner, Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, and Robert Forster. A family reunites in Chicago to address a crisis.

The Guilty is a Danish thriller. An emergency call center dispatcher is drawn into a kidnapping when a victim’s call is cut short.

This weekend on Netflix:

Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever., a limited series

Distrito Salvaje

Gnome Alone


Larva Island

Making a Murderer, Part 2

Marvel’s Daredevil, Season 3

The Night Comes for Us


Robozuna is available October 21:

Adam Sandler 100% Fresh is available October 23:

Bodyguard is available October 24:

Trailers for Illang: The Wolf Brigade, Hip-Hop Evolution, Season 2, Derren Brown: Sacrifice, Ask the Doctor, and Accidentally in Love were not available at press time.

Amazon has taken production for Deutschland 86, so say hello to season two:

HBO airs My Dinner with Hervé tomorrow. Peter Dinklage stars at Hervé Villechaize, and the film, in production for the last several years, follows Villechaize’s final days. Andy García stars as Ricardo Montalbán; the cast is rounded out with Jamie Dornan, Oona Chaplin, and Mireille Enos.

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