Box Office Weekend Friday, May 3rd, 2019

We have a lot going on this weekend: A Los Angeles cop drama, a derisible biopic (hashtag boycott Bolden), a Herzog doc about Gorbachev, a Dr. Ruth doc, a romantic comedy starring Archie, the Ted Bundy drama with Zac Efron, and Lisa Hanawalt’s comedy Tuca & Bertie starring Ali Wong and Tiffany Haddish.

Long Shot stars Charlize Theron as “one of the most influential women in the world” who unexpectedly falls in love with a friend from middle school, a schlubby pothead played by Seth Rogen. Sigh.

Shadow is a Chinese action film: “In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a “shadow”, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself.”

Bolden is a wholly fictional (what the fuck is happening here and why is there a hot air balloon?) account of the life of Buddy Bolden, the man who invented jazz. The film seems to rely heavily on the idea that Fucking White People encouraged Bolden to be the man that Brought Jazz to the Whites and I seriously cannot fucking even with this movie. Not a lot of known about Bolden’s life, but if you’re going to mythologize the man, at least adapt Michael Ondaatje’s Coming Through the Slaughter.

Meeting Gorbachev is a documentary! “87 and in precarious health,” the leader of the USSR meets with Werner Herzog for a series of interviews about his life. If it doesn’t turn out to be compelling, it will probably at least be weird.

The Intruder: “A young married couple buy a beautiful house on several acres of land only to find out that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property.” The film was doing well at press time! Starring Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, and Dennis Quaid; feels a lot like

Tell It To The Bees, adapted from the 2009 novel by Fiona Shaw, stars Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger. Two women fall in love in 1950s Scotland.

El Chicano: “A pair of twin brothers from East L.A. choose to live their lives differently and end up on opposite sides of the law.”

Ask Dr. Ruth, a documentary about America’s favorite advice lady, Ruth Westheimer. (Coming to Hulu next month.)

The Convent is a horror movie. Did you know there’s at least three films with this title. Jesus. (Pun intended…) “During the 17th century, a young woman is saved from execution and led to a priory to repent her sins but discovers a greater evil lies within.”

I’ll Take Your Dead is a “poignant thriller.” A man rescues a woman left for dead on his property (which he’s totes cool with, when the people are totes deceased), which leads to repercussions when the mob need to finish the job.

Non-Fiction, the newest film from Olivier Assayas, starring (who else) Juliette Binoche and Guillame Canet. “Set amidst the bohemian intelligentsia of the Parisian publishing world, Non-Fiction traces the romantic and emotional fallout that results when a controversial writer begins blurring the line between fact and fiction, using his real-life love affairs as fodder for his explosive new novel.” Isn’t that the plot to Nocturnal Animals?

UglyDolls, because we make movies about toys now, is an “uninspired” animated film for children. With voices from Kelly Clarkson, Emma Roberts, Janelle Monáe, and Nick Jonas.

Savage is “an above-average action thriller set in the snow-covered environs of Baekdu Mountain.”. This film has everything! Buddy cops! Outlaw loggers! Blizzards! Blood! Violence! Vengeance! Looks good.

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection is a Japanese anime film: “It is based on the Code Geass anime series, with the plot taking place after the Zero Requiem arc of the recap films’ universe.”

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Fearless Faith: The life of a respected sheriff’s deputy spirals out of control as he questions God’s will after witnessing his partner gunned down by an unknown assailant.

Today on Hulu:

Into the Dark: All That We Destroy

Today on Netflix:

A Pesar De Todo

All In My Family

Alles ist gut

Dead to Me

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Flinch

Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage

The Last Summer

True and the Rainbow Kingdom: Mushroom Town

Tuca & Bertie

Undercover

Available May 6

Abyss

Available May 8

Lucifer, season four

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