Nothing about this weekend’s release schedule makes a lick of sense. Very on brand for the end of 2020.
I’m trying to wrap my head around this weekend’s distribution of new movies. Obviously, the big mama is WW’84. So, you’d expect other films to give it a wide berth in theaters. Nope. We have four wide release films, more in one week than we’ve had in about two months.
You’d also expect smaller movies to scamper off to VOD to avoid the crush of wide releases. Nope. Only three video on demand films, and zero Home Theatrical releases!
I have no clue what it all means. WW kinda tanked abroad, where Covid isn’t dropping people like flies as much as it is in America. Literally none of this configuration makes a lick of sense. Way to see 2020 out the door, Hollywood.
News of the World
A Civil War veteran (Tom Hanks) agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home.
Old woodcarver Geppetto’s puppet creation, Pinocchio, magically comes to life with dreams of becoming a real boy. Easily led astray, Pinocchio tumbles from one misadventure to another as he is tricked, kidnapped and chased by bandits.
Promising Young Woman
A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who cross her path.
Wonder Woman 1984 (also on HBO Max)
Rewind to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah.
Staff Pick: This one is kinda obvious (though Tom Hanks in a Western was a strong second). The final trailer doesn’t quite slap like the first trailer did, but it does show a bit more of the visuals and humor, which is nice. Since you can stream it free if you have HBO Max, this is a no-brainer.
Over a romantic Christmas weekend, a young couple retreats to a Colorado cabin, where their relationship is tested by haunted pasts and the sobering present.
Video on Demand
Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly
Human rights become profoundly personal when Ai Weiwei, China’s most famous artist, transforms Alcatraz Island prison into an astonishing expression of socially-engaged art focused on the plight of the unjustly incarcerated.
The Midnight Sky (Netflix)
This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine (George Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to Earth, where a mysterious global catastrophe has taken place.
Sylvie’s Love (Amazon Prime)
Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a saxophonist, spends late nights playing behind a less-talented but well-known bandleader, as a member of a jazz quartet. Sylvie (Tessa Thompson), who dreams of a career in television, spends her summer days helping around her father’s record store, as she waits for her fiancé to return from war. When Robert takes a part-time job at the record store, the two begin a friendship that sparks a deep passion in each of them unlike anything they have felt before.