There are several notable new films set to hit theaters this week, including the highly anticipated comic book blockbuster, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Can’t decide which option to check out first? Here are our staff’s picks for the top three flicks to check out this weekend.
1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The highly anticipated superhero blockbuster stars Ben Affleck as Batman, who, fearing the actions of a god-like superhero left unchecked, takes on Henry Cavil’s Superman, while the rest of the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. As the formidable vigilante and the metropolis savior go to war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
The Zac Snyder-directed flick apparently isn’t living up to the hype so far, earning mostly negative early reviews. Critics have called the movie “overblown and overstuffed” and “self-serious” at the expense of the fun normally associated with the genre. Despite the mixed reviews, the visual spectacle and the promise of an epic battle (plus the introduction of Wonder Woman) is hard to resist seeing on the big screen, especially for hardcore comic book fans.
2. I Saw the Light
Based on Colin Escott’s award-winning biography, the movie stars Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams, the legendary country western singer known for creating one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life. Elizabeth Olsen co-stars as Audrey Mae Williams.
The movie has earned mixed reviews, with critics agreeing that the film can’t quite re-create the excitement of Williams’s career. Regardless, it may be worth checking out for Hiddleston and Olsen’s committed central performances, which have both earned high praise.
3. Born to Be Blue
Ethan Hawke stars as jazz legend Chet Baker, one of the most famous trumpeters in the world in the 1950s. But by the 1960s, he was all but washed up, with his career and personal life in shambles due to heroin addiction. This biographic flick zooms in on Baker’s life at a key moment in the ’60s, just as the musician attempts to stage a hard-fought comeback.
The film has earned largely positive reviews, with critics calling it a “warm” and “sympathetic” portrait of Baker. Hawke has also earned particular commendation for his leading role, with Variety calling it “one of the best performances of his career.”