There are plenty of notable new films set to hit the big screen this week. Can’t decide which option to buy tickets for first? Here are our staff’s picks for the top three flicks to check out in theaters this weekend.
1. Bone Tomahawk
This weekend may be short on big-name blockbuster releases, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see. Flying in under the radar this weekend as the top must-see movie is directorial newcomer S. Craig Zahler’s Bone Tomahawk. It’s not often we a unique Western hits theaters nowadays, but that’s just what we have in Zahler’s debut behind the camera. Starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins, and Matthew Fox, it’s a story rife with action, adventure, cannibals, and just enough gunslinging to keep us satisfied.
Rotten Tomatoes has Bone Tomahawk sitting at an impressive 78% rating, albeit with just 20 total reviews as an unrated indie release. AV Club’s review describes it as “a strange movie…that might take more than one watch to fully understand.” The film oscillates among a handful of themes, carrying elements of classic Spaghetti Westerns, horror, and some recognizably Tarantino-esque monologues. The end result is a cerebral Western that proves itself to be far more than a shoot-em-up cowboy rollick.
Women’s suffrage was an issue that defined a generation across the world, back when women in both America and Great Britain weren’t afford the right to vote. It’s a struggle that wasn’t always the peaceful, civilized discourse that some would like to believe it was, and nowhere was this more evident than in the late 1800s in Britain. Suffragette tells this story, dramatizing an already dramatic story concerning an issue that still resonates even today.
Michelle Williams, Meryl Streep, and Helena Bonham Carter all star, in a movie currently rating out at 78% on Rotten Tomatoes. That being so, even the positive reviews seem to view the film as a middling effort driven largely by Williams’s stellar performance. Entertainment Weekly credits it as an “urgent, well-intentioned” effort, although they go on to admit that despite this, Suffragette still ends up feeling “conventional and stolid.” You can be the judge yourself by catching it in theaters starting this weekend.
3. Back in Time
Back to the Future Day has come and gone, but it doesn’t mean any of us have to stop celebrating. The seminal trilogy was one that defined a generation of sci-fi, and still holds up today as one of the best additions to the genre we’ve ever seen. To honor this, Back in Time talks to Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, and plenty more about the wide-ranging influence Back to the Future has had ever since it first released in 1985.
We still may not have a functional hoverboard, but it doesn’t mean that the trilogy was any less entertaining. This documentary tells the story behind the scenes, dating all the back to the release, and spanning the last 30 years of fan conventions, live showings, and experiences among audiences worldwide. With just one review on Rotten Tomatoes, there’s no score as of now, but any fan of Back to the Future will likely love this touching tribute to a sci-fi classic.
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