Author: Katherine M. Hill

Katherine grew up on old movies, Nicktoons, "Magnum P.I.," and "Star Trek: The Next Generation," which explains why her favorite films are "Hackers" and "The Rules of Game." She will follow Paula ("Crazy Ex-Girlfriend") to the edge of the desert and intern for Alicia Florick. You can find Katherine's art and articles on her website.

Box office weekend: February 2, 2018

Welcome back to your weekly trailer round-up. This week is not all that promising so this might be the weekend you see Lady Bird if you haven’t already.

Winchester stars Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester, a window who is SURE her family’s gun empire has resulted in a haunted house. Do I want to visit the real Winchester house? Yes. Because I think it’s haunted? No. Because the woman had it under construction for DECADES in an effort to outsmart the spirits of victims of gun violence.

Bilal: A New Breed of Hero is an animated film about Bilal ibn Rabah, a historical figure who escaped slavery. This film looks terrible.

Braven stars Jason Momoa as a “soft-spoken logger” who fights with drug traffickers at the border of Canada and the US.

The Cage Fighter is a documentary about a 40-year-old father of four searching for glory in fighting. But why, tho?

A Fantastic Woman is a Chilean drama, and Oscar nominee, about Marina, a singer and waitress at odds with the family of her recently deceased partner.

A Lesson In Cruelty is a dark comedy about a man who throws a party only to have his guests turn the tables.

24 Frames is an experimental Iranian film. Director Abbas Kiarostami died in 2016.

The Music of Silence stars Toby Sebastian as Andrea Bocelli. Antonia Banderas also stars.

Before We Vanish is a tale of love and mystery from director Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

Till the End of the World is a Chinese romance about two people stranded after a plane crash.

And your Netflix releases:

Altered Carbon, season one

Coach Snoop, season one

Kavin Jay: Everybody Calm Down!

On Body and Soul

Box Office Weekend: January 26, 2018

We have movies! There’s not much this week, which is fine, because we’re all trying to binge Oscar noms anyway.

Padman is a biopic about activist Arunachalam Muruganantham, whose mission was to provide sanitary napkin’s to poor women of rural areas. Awesome. I’m there.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure is the third, and thankfully final, movie of the teen franchise.

A Ciambra follows a young Romani boy who idolizes his older brother, who also happens to be a thief.

The Insult is a drama about an “insult blown out of porportion,” which brings a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee to court.

Please Stand By stars Dakota Fanning, Toni Collette, and Alice Eve. Fanning is an autistic woman who runs away so she can enter her Star Trek fanfic in a contest. (One assumes it has a happier ending than Black Mirror.)

American Folk is a “pleasing” indie about two strangers who travel across the country by automobile when 9/11 grounds their plane.

And your Netflix trailers!

Released this week:

Todd Glass: Act Happy

A Futile and Stupid Gesture

Dirty Money

One Day at a Time: Season 2

Trailers were not available for Mau Nieto: Viviendo sobrio… desde el bar, season six of The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Sebastián Marcelo Wainraich, Kavin Jay: Everybody Calm Down!, Ricardo Quevedo: Hay gente así, Acts of Vengeance, and Llama Llama.

Box Office Weekend: January 19, 2018

We have three movies released since Monday, now playing:

Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel is a satire about superhero films. It is probably not good.

Beuys is a documentary about Joseph Beuys, the experimental German artist.

The Leisure Seeker stars Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland as a long-married couple traveling the U.S. in their mobile home. Sutherland’s character suffers from memory loss.

And out today we have…

The Road Movie is a documentary made from “found footage” from Russian dashboard cams. Easily the best use of Movie Pass this weekend.

Den of Thieves “is a gritty Los Angeles crime saga which follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist.” I don’t know, it looks like crap to me.

Forever My Girl stars a piece of cardboard with pretty eyes as a famous country singer who considers giving it up to return to the family he unwittingly abandoned.

12 Strong is a war movie. It thinks it’s War Horse, but it isn’t.

Mary and The Witch’s Flower is an animated treat from Studio Ponoc. A little girl is transformed into a witch when she finds a mysterious flower.

The Final Year is a documentary about Obama’s last year in office.

Ridge Runners is a drama about human trafficking.

Small Town Crime stars John Hawkes as a former cop determined to solve the murder of a young woman.

And out on Netflix:

Katt Williams: Great America is out now.

Arango y Sanint: Ríase El Show…Lacks a trailer, just as the following two shows lack a trailer.

Tiempos de Guerra is a Spanish-language (“Times of War”) show getting a release; a trailer is unavailable.

Drug Lords, season one is getting a release. A trailer in unavailable at presstime.

Grace and Frankie, season four: I’ll be in my easy chair under an afghan until Monday if anyone needs me. The same can be said for the founding editors.

The Open House

Trolls: The Beat Goes On! proves there is no God.

Box Office Weekend: January 12, 2018

There I was, folding my laundry at my parents’ house (not because I bring laundry home, but because I was trying to de-clutter my childhood existence from their home) when I saw a freaking Paddington trailer! PADDINGTON! And no one told me. (First no one was like, “Hey, Pit Crew, the last bastion of your youth, is closing,” and no no one is like, “DID YOU HEAR ABOUT PADDINGTON 2?”)

Oh, and like, there’s other movies this weekend, too.

Paddington 2 is the sequel to 2014 holiday family film, Paddington. Now established with the Brown family (Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins), and beloved member of the community, Paddington the Bear faces a new villain (Hugh Grant), who frames the cub for theft.

Here’s my bud making marmalade in jail:

Freak Show stars Alex Lawther as a teenager thrust into conservative society. Bette Midler also stars!

The Commuter stars Liam Neeson and Vera Farmiga. Neeson plays his standard role, an ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances, who has to kick the butt of a shadowy agency so everyone can live their lives. Or whatever.

Humor Me stars Jermaine Clement as a man who moves in with his dad (Elliott Gould!) when his wife leaves him. He put on a play for the elderly, and hopefully it goes over better than that time BoJack did a live reading of Horsin’ Around.

Wastelander is a “cruel dystopian film.”

My Art stars Laurie Simmons as a woman seeking tranquility during an upstate New York housesit. Simmons wrote and directed the film, and it feels a little like a companion to Tiny Furniture.

Vazante is a black and white Brazilian film. It is about a woman who marries a slave trader and lives a very unhappy life.

Acts of Violence stars Bruce Willis.

Proud Mary stars Taraji P. Henson as a hitwoman whose life is besieged by a young boy.

Almost Paris was released Tuesday.

Netflix released Alejandro Riaño Especial de Stand Up on Wednesday. Today sees releases for…

Disjointed: Part 2

Somebody Feed Phil

The Polka King

Tom Segura: Disgraceful