There are many who’d describe these next weeks of movie releases as the calm before the storm that will be Captain America: Civil War. Even so though, there are plenty of amazing films hitting theaters in the meantime. Here are our staff picks for everything you need to see this weekend.
1. Tale of Tales
If trippy revisionist fairytales are your thing, then Tale of Tales is likely to be your choice for this weekend. The movie features a veritable who’s who of talented actors, starring Salma Hayek, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly, and Vincent Cassel among many others. It’s far from your typical viewing experience too, so don’t go in expecting a straightforward story. Rather, it tells the tale (of tales, if you will) of three kingdoms, each featuring its own unique story to tell.
Across the board, critics are labeling Tale of Tales as a refreshing break from the norm. Rotten Tomatoes’s consensus calls it “an off-kilter wallop for mature viewers in search of something different,” alongside a largely positive 76% rating. Other reviews call it everything from “colorful and kinky” to “painterly and provocative.” The one thing everyone seems to agree on is that the film is delightfully bizarre in every way, so keep that in mind if this is your choice for date night.
2. Elvis & Nixon
If the realm of fantasy isn’t your thing, you still have options. Elvis & Nixon represents one such choice, as a movie based off the iconic photograph of President Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley. It’s admittedly a flimsy premise for a 90-minute movie, but it’s one that works surprisingly well if the 69% Rotten Tomatoes score is to be believed. It also doesn’t hurt to have powerhouse actors from Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon assuming the iconic roles of Nixon and Elvis respectively. Regardless, it says something about the weekend’s offerings when Elvis meeting the president is the more grounded of your options.
3. The Meddler
It’s a big weekend for high profile actors, and The Meddler is no exception. Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne sit stop the marquee for this one, playing a mother and daughter with a strained relationship. The story goes far beyond that though, focusing in on Sarandon’s character, a recently widowed mom trying to find any semblance of connection to the world she feels alone in. There’s a small slice of everyone’s own relationship with their parents buried in the subtext, and its enough to drive it toward a solid 78% Rotten Tomatoes score in its opening weekend.
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