Weekend Openings: A Modern Superhero Classic in ‘Logan’

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This weekend, a new Wolverine outing rewrites the rules for what a superhero movie can be. “Logan” is a special film and easily the best new release of 2017 so far. Read on for more about the film, as well as a look at what else is hitting theaters!

Best Bet This Week

Logan” (20th Century Fox)

One of the best superhero films ever, “Logan” is something special. As much a pseudo remake of “Shane” as it is an “X-Men” or “Wolverine” sequel, all of the raves are apt. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are at the top of their respective games. Each turn in the best Wolverine and Professor X performances to date. James Mangold has made one of the definitive comic book movies of our times. Furthermore, the final shot is so poignant, it might just bring a tear to your eye. Genre fan or not, this is a superb film and deserves to be seen ASAP. “Logan” more than lives up to the hype.

Rotten Tomatoes Score – 93%
Oscar Hopes – Too early to tell, but there’s an outside chance this becomes a contender
Screen Count – 3,900 Screens

Also Opening of Note

“The Last Laugh” (The Film Collaborative)

A documentary about how comedians, and mainly Jewish comedians, deal with the Holocaust. This is an amusing, emotional and fascinating doc. Mel Brooks especially is a great talking head throughout the film. Watch out for this one as a dark horse Academy Award contender as the year progresses. Stay tuned there, as it’s still very early.

Rotten Tomatoes Score – 100%
Oscar Hopes – Definitely a potential player in Best Documentary Feature
Screen Count – Limited Release

“The Last Word” (Bleecker Street)

Fresh out of the Sundance Film Festival, we have a dramedy featuring a tour de force performance from star Shirley MacLaine. Co-starring Amanda Seyfried, it’s a fairly by the numbers tale, though one that achieves the desired emotions by the end. It’s more or less what you expect from a Sundance alum, but if that’s your thing, you’ll be entertained and moved by it.

Rotten Tomatoes Score – 50%
Oscar Hopes – Probably not
Screen Count – Limited Release

“Table 19” (Fox Searchlight)

This ensemble comedy soars mainly due to the central turn from Anna Kendrick. She grounds an often silly tale. If not for “Logan” opening, this would have been the top pick today. Along with the likes of Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson and June Squibb, Kendrick mines both comedic and dramatic territory while at a wedding she probably shouldn’t have attended. Based on a story by the Duplass Brothers, there’s plenty to like here.

Rotten Tomatoes Score – 15%
Oscar Hopes – Unlikely
Screen Count – Limited Release

“Wolves” (IFC)

Michael Shannon is the best part of this rather flawed drama. It starts out compelling but quickly turns ridiculous. Through it all, however, Shannon does his best to keep you on board. It’s one of his sadder turns, though just as intense as ever. If that sounds up your alley, ignore the poor reviews and give it a shot.

Rotten Tomatoes Score – 27%
Oscar Hopes – No
Screen Count – Limited Release

The Rest

“Before I Fall” (Open Road Films)
“Catfight” (Dark Sky Films)
“Contemporary Color” (Oscilloscope Pictures)
“Donald Cried” (The Orchard)
“The Freedom to Marry” (Argot Pictures)
“Junction 48” (The Orchard)
“My Scientology Movie” (Magnolia)
“The Shack” (Lionsgate / Summit)

What will you be watching at the movies this weekend? Discuss it in the comments below!