This Weekend at the Box Office: Friday, December 21st, 2018

Welcome to your last batch of trailers for the year! There’s not a lot happening at the movies after Christmas, so it’s all right here, in one post. There’s plenty of films though, some lame dramas grabbing for Oscars, infuriating biopics, but heartwarming ones, too. There’s two comedies with John C. Reilly, and perhaps too much Steve Carrell. It’s all below the fold.

Moscow Never Sleeps is a Russian drama with five interlocking stories about relationships in Moscow. >The New York Times calls it “refreshing and deflating.”

Zero is a Hindi-language romance film. A “short man who can’t find a partner” (other reports are “rich but physically-challenged” so it’s unclear if he’s “differently abled” or just under six feet tall, and this is a Hindi-language call to arms for incels) falls in love with a freaking NASA scientist who has cerebral palsy (and is in a motorized chair) BUT THEN “leading female superstar Babita also gets close with him, testing his first relationship,” TAKING HIM ALL OVER THE WORLD. I can’t even with this. Of course he dumps the superstar, but why are they even doing this to us. This is Sridevi’s last film.

Cold War is a Polish period drama about a singer and musical director who fall in love in the 1950s. The film is from Paweł Pawlikowski and is loosely inspired by his parents. The film was awarded best director at Cannes this year.

Holmes and Watson is a comedic “take” on Sherlock Holmes. The cast includes Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Rebecca Hall, Ralph Fiennes, Rob Brydon, Kelly Macdonald, Lauren Lapkus, and Hugh Laurie.

Foster is a documentary that promises “a revealing first-hand look at the foster care system as seen through the eyes of those who know it best.” It’s film in Los Angeles County. And there’s no trailer for it.

Aquaman, the origin story no one asked for, starring Jason Momoa as Aquaman, who must return to Atlantis and take the thrown, because his half brother threatens the safety of the kingdom, because…men. Seriously, what’s up with these plots? Isn’t this basically the plot of Thor? And Black Panther? Why are all these movies the same when you can pick a new source for material? (Batman does it all the time! There was a new Spider-Man last week!) For some reason Amber Heard is Mera, so we have an original story superhero film with leads that can’t act and aren’t compelling at all. This is so unfair to Mera.

Bumblebee is a prequel film for the Transformers series, because putting a Wahlberg in a sequel wasn’t enough. Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena star.

Welcome to Marwen is a desperate Oscar grab, starring Steve Carrell as Mark Hogancamp, a man who was beaten viciously (he admitted he liked to crossdress, early reports indicate the film has change the hate crime to reflect the evils of antisemitism). Surviving a nine-day coma, Hogancamp creates a WWII-era Belgian town populated by his friends and neighbors. If this sounds familiar, it was covered in The New York Times and the documentary Marwencol. The case includes Leslie Mann, Janelle Monáe, and Merritt Weaver.

Out this Tuesday, December 25th:

On The Basis Of Sex is an biographical legal drama film based on the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Felicity Jones is Ginsburg, and her husband is played by Armie Hammer.
Vice is an biographical comedy-drama film written and directed by Adam McKay about Dick Cheney, and the yelling you hear is me, because the last thing we need to do is have a good chuckle at Dick Cheney, George Bush (Sam Rockwell), Donald Rumsfeld (Steve Carrell), and the rest of those lying war mongers who threw the U.S. into such a tailspin that we’re still recovering. Bush campaigned for Republicans during the mid-terms, and that McKay has made another film where American villains are heroes is sickening. So if you want to see Vice while I quietly scream into my scarf, you can join me!

Destroyer stars Nicole Kidman as an LAPD veteran who has to look at her past (when she was tragically thrust into a gang undercover) when a gang leader re-emerges. The film is directed by Karyn Kusama.

And next Friday, December 28th:

Stan & Ollie is a biographical dramedy about comedians Laurel and Hardy. Played by Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, the film covers a tour through the U.S., the friends’ simmering tension, and their declining health.

Today from Hulu, season two of Marvel’s Runaways: from Amazon, Vanity Fair: on Netflix:

3Below: Tales of Arcadia

7 Days Out

Bird Box

Derry Girls



Sirius the Jaeger

Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski

Tales by Light, season three

The Casketeers

Wolf (BÖRÜ)

Available December 24

Hi Score Girl

Available December 28:

Instant Hotel

La Noche de 12 Años

Selection Day

Yummy Mummies “was panned by critics.”

This week’s unavailable trailers include: When Angels Sleep (December 28), Alexa & Katie season two (December 26), Back With the Ex, Bad Seeds, and Last Hope: Part 2.

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