Here’s a quick rundown of the movies we’re most excited about that are playing on the big screen in the New Orleans area this week. We’re unfortunately still waiting on Sorry to Bother You to come through town (for one more week!), but there’s still a lot of new stuff to be excited about in the meantime.
New Releases We Haven’t Seen (Yet)
1. Yellow Submarine (1968) – A 4k restoration of the animated Beatles classic theatrically re-released for its 50th anniversary. This movie cheats a little in dubbing in the Fab Four’s voices with impersonators (when they’re not singing, at least), but more than makes up for that faux pas with a non-stop onslaught of trippy visuals. Only screening at The Broad Theater from Sunday, July 8 – Wednesday, July 11.
2. Fireworks – A supernatural teen romance anime from the producer of last year’s excellent Your Name. The reviews have been middling to worse, but it promises to be a beautiful-looking novelty if nothing else. There’s also only one more chance to see it big & loud, a Fathom Events screening Saturday, July 7 at 12:55pm.
3. Ant-Man and the Wasp – Just a couple months after the exhaustive spectacle of Avengers: Infinity War, it’d be understandable if MCU burnout kept most people from being too excited for another entry into the franchise. Like The Guardians of the Galaxy before it, though, the first Ant-Man film was surprisingly charming & lightweight in its allowance to play around in isolation from the more labored, franchise-wide concerns of the MCU, so this sequel could be good for some frivolous, one-off fun. Boomer & I were both positive on it in our joint Agents of S.W.A.M.P.F.L.I.X. review, so I’m more than willing to return for more.
Movies We Already Enjoyed
1. Hereditary – Worth seeing for the conversations it sparks alone, this admirably bizarre, anxiety-inducing nightmare of a horror film is on its last legs theatrically. Down to just one screening a day in the New Orleans area starting this weekend, if you’re interested in seeing it big & loud before it disappears this is the time to jump on it.
2. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – A Fred Rogers documentary that’s all but guaranteed to make you well up with both tears & awe. This film doubles as both a document of a philosophically-minded art project that aired on public television for over three decades (Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood) and a profile of a fascinating man who’s easy to love but difficult to fully understand.
3. SuperFly – Less iconic than the 1972 Super Fly and far less visually arresting than Hype Williams’s Belly, this low-grade, high-fashion action thriller still finds a worthwhile aesthetic of its own as a hyperviolent, feature-length Atlanta hip-hop scene music video.