As the weekend progresses, we embark on brand new releases, box office figures, and another round of Fantasy Movie League. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so soon so someone can topple reigning champion “help” who, speaking for the entire TSL office, we want to see humbled. It’s too late to get into this weekend’s round, but if you sign up now, the fine folks at Fantasy Movie League will remind you when it’s time to cast your predictions. Sign up here and start practicing, before we start giving away prizes.
With that said, here are the trailers for the new movies that were released this weekend. Which one are you looking forward to the most?
A Wrinkle in Time
Despite a discouraging Rotten Tomatoes score, A Wrinkle in Time is clearly the film to beat this weekend. Directed by Ava Duvarnay and based on a children’s novel most millennials read somewhere between fourth and six grade, the film tells the story of three peculiar beings sending Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find her father after he discovered a new planet and disappeared. With a nine-figure budget, Disney is hoping for a very strong showing this weekend.
The Hurricane Heist
Reading like a logline constructed via a round of mad-libs, The Hurricane Heist combines the always-profitable genres of disaster film and—well—heist film. The concept definitely falls in “I’ll have to see this to believe it” territory, but is it wild enough to pull people away from A Wrinkle in Time or repeat Black Panther viewings?
Amazon Studios is back with another star-studded dark comedy. Starring Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Thandi Newton and David Oleyowo, the film explores the battle of survival for businessman Harold Soyinka (Oyelowo) when he finds himself crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal. Despite an amazing cast, the story sounds like something we’ve seen many times before. It’s easy to see this one getting lost in the shuffle.
The Strangers: Prey at Night
After 2008’s The Strangers grossed over $80 Million against a $9 Million budget, it is stunning that ten years passed before delivering a sequel. Granted, virtually no one associated with the original, including the distributor, are here this time around, but films like these always seem to make their humble budgets back.
The Death of Stalin
Already nominated for two BAFTA Awards, The Death of Stalin is easily the best film coming out this weekend that you probably haven’t heard of. A political satire from the same team that brought you 2009’s hilarious, underrated and under-viewed In the Loop, nothing would make me happier than to see this film stun everyone with a nine-figure box office this weekend.
But there’s no way that is going to happen. Enjoy the trailer instead.
Tom Dever writes for The Script Lab.