Weekend Openings: Genre Efforts All Around

This weekend, the rare hotly anticipated February title rolls out in “Get Out.” Aside from that quality genre offering, there’s not too much, but that’s just the nature of the early year beast. Next week has something special on the horizon, but this week’s top pick is no slouch either. See more of this weekend’s […]

Weekend Openings: Return of The King of Comedy?

This weekend, Robert De Niro returns to stand-up comedy, along with one of the most unsettling films in quite some time. That combination makes for the main highlights in an interesting slate of new releases. It’s a busy group on the indie front, so you’re not just limited this weekend to your local multiplexes! Best […]

Weekend Openings: Oscar Nomination Bumps

This weekend, a would-be 2016 award hopeful and a potential 2017 tearjerker join the post Academy Award nomination market. Expect a big bump for Oscar nominees like “La La Land” and “Hidden Figures,” plus potential legs for M. Night Shyamalan‘s hit “Split.” Now, let’s check out what new options this slate has to offer today: […]

Weekend Openings: McDonald’s and ‘Split’ Personalities

This weekend, an interesting mix of 2016 award hopefuls and 2017 crowd-pleasers flood the marketplace. From a look at the origin of McDonald’s to the latest M. Night Shyamalan joint,  there’s something for just about everyone. In addition, there’s also the nationwide expansion of awards hopeful “20th Century Women.” With that small tease in mind, let’s […]

Weekend Openings: January Dumping Ground with Awards Friendly Expansions

This weekend, all of the snide remarks you normally hear about the movies in January are given credence. Nationwide expansions of “Live by Night,” “Patriots Day,” and “Silence” will help some, but if you’ve seen those, you’re in a bit of a pickle. With that in mind, let’s check out what else this weekend has […]

Weekend Openings: Welcome to January

This weekend, there’s actually a worthwhile January release to speak of hitting theaters. That in and of itself is cause for celebration. Granted, it’s really one and done in terms of quality, but still. We take what we can get in early January. 2017 will be off to a better than expected start, even if […]

Weekend Openings: Oscar Hopefuls Litter the Holiday Weekend

This weekend, a ton of Oscar contenders are finally hitting screens. The new releases are supported by expansions, including for Denzel Washington‘s film “Fences.” Technically, Sunday also brings the release of “20th Century Women,” “Hidden Figures,” “Live by Night” and “Toni Erdmann,” but they’ll be handled in next week’s column. In addition, “La La Land” […]

Rogue One

Weekend Openings: A New ‘Star Wars Story’

For many, this weekend is damn near a holiday. Yes, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is hitting screens, along with at least one major Academy Award contender. It makes this installment of Weekend Openings a very solid one, without question. Furthermore, it’s the cross section of Oscar bait and holiday blockbusters, which is always […]

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Weekend Openings: All Hail ‘La La Land’

At long last, this weekend brings the theatrical release of “La La Land.” Any week featuring this magnificent work would be top lined by it, but this week especially. Every other independent contender has gotten out of the way, essentially giving it the weekend to flex its muscles. Furthermore, it’s hitting right as the big […]

Weekend Openings: Natalie Portman As First Lady

This weekend, Natalie Portman shines as former First Lady Jackie Kennedy, while the rest of the new releases struggle to keep pace. Portman and “Jackie” are the clear class of the group, without question. Aside from that, it’s slim pickings for the most part, as last weekend’s releases continue to expand as well. Definitely make […]

Weekend Openings: Choices On Thanksgiving Weekend

This weekend, audiences recovering from turkey overdoses and political discussions with relatives will have quite a few options in theaters for their viewing pleasure. Yes, fresh off of Thanksgiving, we have a very solid slate of Oscar hopefuls hitting cinemas. The hope is obviously to woo the Academy, though first contenders like “Miss Sloane” and […]

Weekend Openings: An ‘Arrival’ for ‘Billy Lynn’ and Zoe Kazan

This weekend, we have a really nice assortment of new releases. For one, sci-fi fans get a treat with the release of “Arrival.” Independent cinema hounds have a riveting Zoe Kazan performance to bite into. There’s also “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” limping into theaters, among other titles of note. This is another week that […]

Weekend Openings: ‘Loving’ the ‘Strange’

This weekend, if you’ll excuse the pun, it shouldn’t be hard loving at least one of these new releases. Yes, that includes the biopic “Loving“, but also Marvel’s latest in “Doctor Strange” and potentially “Hacksaw Ridge” as well. This is the sort of week that showcases what the awards season is all about. High quality […]

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Weekend Openings: Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’ and Michael Moore Shine

This weekend, “Moonlight” makes its highly anticipated theatrical bow. The weekend also features a surprise entry of a new Michael Moore film, among many other titles. It all makes for a set of new releases that really showcase how we’re now in the thick of awards season. There’s still solid popcorn entertainment to be found, but […]

Weekend Openings: Top Tier Documentaries

This week, there is quite the slate of new releases to talk about. Chiefly, there are a pair of excellent documentaries hitting. They’re hardly the only things of note, as a certain controversial would-be Oscar contender is out as well, but documentaries are where it’s at this weekend, and that’s not always the case. If anything, […]

Weekend Openings: A ‘Magnificent’ Assortment

For this week, we get a high profile remake of “The Magnificent Seven,” along with a number of other interesting titles. Among them, there’s a fascinating character study, an inspirational tale and plenty more. While nothing overtly sticks out as something truly special, it’s a strong mix. The overall slate offers all sorts of things, though […]

Weekend Openings: Whistleblowers and Witches

This weekend, an Oscar hopeful biopic and a surprise horror sequel highlight the new releases. Both are hitting theaters along with a small collection of other titles, making for an interesting grouping. Considering how it’s the middle of September, the change in the air is palpable – not just weather wise, either. The movies are […]

Weekend Openings: Hero Hanks

Now that we’re in the heart of September, the movies are really starting to get better. In fact, despite quantity being a bit of an issue today, quality certainly isn’t. The main attraction is of course Tom Hanks doing his heroic thing in Clint Eastwood‘s new film “Sully.” Besides that real life heroism, there are […]

Weekend Openings: #’Squad’ Goals

This week, one of the year’s most highly anticipated titles finally hits screens, but is the pseudo follow up to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice worth seeing? That’s one thing I’ll be answering below, but if you’ve seen my review on the site already, you might know the answer. Also, there’s a notoriously mocked […]

Weekend Openings: Return of ‘Bourne’ and Misbehaving ‘Moms’

This week, there’s a huge franchise returning to screens with a new installment, a prestige independent title looking to capitalize off of strong Sundance buzz, a raunchy comedy looking to attract the ladies, and much more hitting, so there’s some choice to be had. As we’re noticing more often than not this summer, the smaller […]

Weekend Openings: A bold sci-fi sequel and more

This week, we have one of the bigger sequels of the summer coming to theaters, along with a surprising good horror movie, an under the radar dramedy, and plenty more. It’s another weekend with a solid crop of films to discuss, which is somewhat of a treat in these leaner summer months. Nothing will likely […]

Weekend Openings: Double Kristen Stewart and a new quartet busting ghosts

Welcome back to Weekend Openings everybody! This week, we have a pair of Kristen Stewart movies for you to choose from, along with one very high-profile and surprisingly entertaining remake. I’ve previously reviewed all three titles that I’m mainly interested in running down today, so you’ll know how I feel about those, though they’re hardly […]