Category: Looking at the Weekend

Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 23-25, 2020

Without a single trailer announcing its release, a film called The Empty Man opens wide this weekend. It is a horror film from the Fox banner, which may explain why it’s being unceremoniously dumped into the pre-Halloween frame. What Disney hopes to accomplish with this move is uncertain, but a great weekend at the box office will not be the end result.

Our Highest Rated Films: Synchronic
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Empty Man (Wide)
Bang Bang (Limited)
Conundrum: Secrets Among Friends (Limited)
Friendsgiving (Limited)
Nationtime (Virtual)

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 16-18, 2020

With little else in the way of new releases, it’s clear Honest Thief will top the box office. If there’s one box office draw that appeals to audiences in middle America where theaters are open, it’s Liam Neeson as his movies tend to make decent money in those regions.

Our Highest Rated Films: Shithouse
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

2 Hearts (Limited)
Bang Bang (Limited)
Don’t Look Back (Limited)
Escape From Extinction (Limited)
The Final Land (Limited)
Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something (Limited)
The Kid Detective (Limited)
The Shade Shepherd (Limited)
She is the Ocean (Limited)
Twiceborn (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 9-11, 2020

The final nail in the 2020 box office may have been the move of No Time to Die into 2021 leaving only two big films yet to move, Dune and Wonder Woman 1984, but likely to do so, especially after Regal Cinemas’ parent company decided to shutter their theaters nationwide and in the United Kingdom and Ireland. This move signals a worsening economic depression than expected. Still, there are some wide release films available for moviegoers including this week’s latest attempt to keep Robert De Niro working in the least glamorous projects possible. In War with Grandpa, De Niro moves into his child’s home where he is forced to share his grandson’s room. His grandson doesn’t like it and a war begins between them. It’s the kind of wasted fluff that he’s been making in between celebrated work, but at this juncture he doesn’t have to. It’s the only wide release this weekend, but even those prospects aren’t great all things considered.

Our Highest Rated Films: A Rainy Day in New York, Yellow Rose
Our Best Awards Ratings: Yellow Rose (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

915 (Limited)
Anonymous Killers (Limited)
The Bra (Limited)
Caretakers (Limited)
Michael Jordan to the MAX (IMAX)
The Planters (Limited)
Pray: The Story of Patrick Peyton (Limited)
Time (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: October 2-4, 2020

It looks like the failure of Tenet to draw an audience has made studios skittish and they’ve pulled many of their new releases and pushed them either closer to the end of the year or into 2021 completely. So, there’s nothing new this weekend, except in limited reelase.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Boys in the Band
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Boys in the Band (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

12 Hour Shift (Limited)
La belle époque (Limited)
Legend of Deification (Limited)
The Projectionist (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 25-27, 2020

Another weekend with no major new wide releases. Either this will become the trend through the fall or it’s a hiccup for the late-September period that is often weaker in terms of prominent releases.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Glorias, Misbehaviour
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Glorias (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Break the Silence The Movie (Limited)
Dead (Virtual)
Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles (Limited)
Shortcut (Limited)
Still Life (Virtual)

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 18-20, 2020

The only new wide release is a film starring Jim Caviezel that has no trailer available from legitimate, longtime sources. That lack of advertising suggests a film targeted at a very narrow audience and with few chances at major success. Tenet, The New Mutants, The Broken Hearts Gallery, and Unhinged are likely to continue persistent theatrical play.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Secrets We Keep
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Infidel (Wide)
A Chef’s Voyage (Virtual)
The Dark Divide (Virtual)
God of the Piano (Limited)
The Library That Dolly Built (Limited)
My Name is Pedro (Virtual)
THE PREY: Legend of Karnoctus (Limited)
The Way I See it (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 11-13, 2020

Tenet shouldn’t have anything to worry about from this weekend’s lone new wide release. The Broken Hearts Gallery may be the first romantic comedy to release wide at re-opened cinemas, but the film doesn’t seem like the kind that can translate into big box office.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Broken Hearts Gallery, I Am Woman
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

All In: The Fight for Democracy (Limited)
Fear PHarm (Limited)
Find Your Voice (Limited)
Gangubai Kathiawadi (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 4-6, 2020

With a small opening weekend, The New Mutants proved that in the heartland, where theaters are open, there is some modest amount of money to be made. It doesn’t, however, remove the doubt that the costs provide the vast majority of a film’s box office success. This weekend may either prove the low-number trend or suggest that there could be a revitalization going on.

Our Highest Rated Films: Tenet
Our Best Awards Ratings: Tenet (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Tenet (Wide)
The Argument (Limited)
Fear PHarm (Limited)
Lost Girls and Love Hotels (Limited)
My Brothers’ Crossing (Limited)
Saviors (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Aug. 28-30, 2020

After two years of delays, Fox’s final X-franchise film is finally seeing release. Clearly being dumped on the second weekend of theaters across the country opening, it’s obvious Disney does not and never has cared about the film and is merely wanting to get rid of it so it can drop everything old and move forward with everything new. That said, the film had long promised to be the latest attempt by the old 20th Century Fox to infuse something inventive and original into the Marvel cinematic universe. With Logan and Deadpool before it, the idea was to go different directions. A grizzled old road movie, a foul-mouthed superhero, and a group of mutants being tortured and stalked in a horror environment were all attempts to tell unique stories and to latch onto the R-rated landscape that Sony and Disney never thought would be profitable for them. And now, with a whimper, the legacy of the Fox X Universe comes to a resounding thud. Perhaps we’ll see a surprise box office triumph for the film and that would tell Disney to button its lip about the prospects, but more likely is the film is going to fail with audiences not wanting to risk catching a deadly or debilitating virus and it will fade from existence proving Disney was right (which it isn’t).

Our Highest Rated Films: The Personal History of David Copperfield
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Entwined (Virtual)
Ironbark (Limited)
The Garden Left Behind (Virtual)
Still Here (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Aug. 21-23, 2020

With two films this past weekend not appearing on release calendars universally, The SpongeBob Movie and Unhinged (thought it was only released in Canada), it’s possible something unexpected could drop in cinemas this weekend. However, that likelihood is limited and the supposed Unhinged wide US release this coming weekend is about all anyone can expect other than the standard slate of limited releases.

Our Highest Rated Films: Stage Mother
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Unhinged (Wide)
The August Virgin (Limited)
Desert One (Limited)
Inception (Limited)
Those Who Deserve to Die (Virtual)
You Cannot Kill David Arquette (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Aug. 14-16, 2020

Another week with mostly virtual and limited releases. When we first prepared this week for consideration, The SpongeBob Movie hadn’t been scheduled. Normally, it would have been included. Here is my original preview of the film. There isn’t otherwise much to see here.

Our Highest Rated Films: In the Life of Music
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Change of Life (Virtual)
Jazz on a Summer’s Day (Virtual)
Ravage (Limited)
Represent (Virtual)
Sound of Metal (Limited)
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (Limited)
Sunken Roads: Three Generations After D-Day (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Aug. 7-9, 2020

It’s another week with no wide releases and the trend doesn’t look to be stopping anytime soon.

Our Highest Rated Films: Out Stealing Horses
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus.

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Black Water: Abyss (Limited)
Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine (Limited)
SamSam (Limited)
Trump Card (Limited)
The Green Years (Virtual)
You Never Had It: An Evening With Bukowski (Virtual)

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Looking at the Weekend: Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2020

There was one wide release film scheduled for release this weekend (Unhinged), but like several others, it was pulled from release. All we have are limited releases this weekend.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Cuban
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

23 Walks (Limited)
Boys State (Limited)
The Fight (Limited)
A Most Beautiful Thing (Limited)
Rebuilding Paradise (Limited)
Save Yourselves! (Limited)

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Looking at the Weekend: Jul. 24-26, 2020

Another weekend of limited releases only with no end in sight.

Our Highest Rated Films: Amulet
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Impetigore
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Yes, God, Yes

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Looking at the Weekend: Jul. 17-19, 2020

Another week of no releases sees yet more limited releases opening in scattered theaters. Here are our thoughts.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Painted Bird
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Grizzlies (Limited)
My Brothers’ Crossing (Limited)

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