Box Office Weekend: Friday, July 12th, 2019

Sea of Shadows is a documentary. And if I had known about it, I would have published this in time and run out to see it: “Following undercover investigators, environmentalists, journalists, and the Mexican Navy on their desperate effort to rescue the Earth’s smallest whale – the Vaquita – from extinction and bring the international crime syndicate to justice.” Via NatGeo.

Lying and Stealing stars Theo James and Emily Ratajkowski. I would not recommend this.

Firecrackers is a bummer Canadian drama. Two girls desperate to escape their small town make a series of bad decisions. (Girls desperate to escape their small town is a roundup we should work on here.)

Rojo is a Spangish-language drama about a bureaucrat who must contend with his own complacency in a dishonest regime.

Trespassers stars Janel Parrish. It has one star from RogerEbert.com.

Sword of Trust is a “mumblecore comedy” from Lynn Shelton: “A cantankerous pawnshop owner and his man-child employee team up with an out-of-town couple who are trying to hawk a Civil War-era sword inherited from a recently deceased grandfather.” Starring Marc Maron, Jillian Bell, and Michaela Watkins!

Saving Zoë is a drama starring Laura and Vanessa Marano. A year after her sister’s murder, a high school freshman receives her diary.

Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable is a documentary about the athlete whose arm was bitten off by a shark when she was 13. It will inspire you, but she’s REALLY into God, so don’t be surprised if this is all the Lord’s will!

The Art of Self-Defense stars Jesse Eisenberg. A man falls in with an enigmatic dojo leader.

Stuber is a comedy starring Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista. A mild-mannered Uber driver picks up a cop hot on the trail of a criminal.

Super 30: “Brilliant mathematician Anand Kumar helps 30 smart but underprivileged students prepare for entrance exams for the Indian Institutes of Technology.”

Crawl is a horror-thriller starring Barry Pepper and Kaya Scoladerio. I already spoiled it for myself on Wikipedia. A young woman, a collegiate swimmer, must navigate the floodwaters of her house, save her father, his dog, and battle alligators.

The Farewell is a drama/comedy from Lulu Wang, based on her own, true story. You may remember from This American Life: an American family travels to China to gather around a dying grandmother. But she doesn’t know and thinks everyone’s there for a cousin’s wedding. I can’t get through the trailer without sobbing.

Streaming on Netflix:…

Coming Tuesday:

Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein

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