A quick rundown of the movies we’re most excited about that are screening in New Orleans this week.
Movies We Haven’t Seen (Yet)
Widows – Academy Award-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave, not Bullitt) cashes in some of his prestige points to make an action-thriller heist picture about a group of ordinary women who reluctantly transform into violent criminals. I’m always on the hook for an artfully staged genre picture, and I’d love to see this one’s pedigree land an action flick in Oscar contention.
Pokémon The Movie: The Power of Us – The “The Movie” part of the title may indicate that a Pokémon movie is a first-of-its-kind breakthrough, but the truth is that this is the 21st feature film of the franchise and the second of this current reboot. The plot & production history aren’t going to be much of a selling point here. This is 100% just an opportunity to cherish seeing Pikachu be cute on the big screen one last time before Ryan Reynolds ruins the act forever by turning the adorable monster into Lil’ Deadpool. Screening November 24, 26, and 28 via Fathom Events.
Movies We’ve Already Enjoyed
Overlord – This is less the Nazi Zombie Movie tedium delivered in Dead Snow than it is an over-the-top descendant of Re-Animator, reinterpreted as a WWII video game. It’s cartoonish schlock with a big studio budget behind it – a deliriously fun, cathartic middle finger to the Nazi grotesqueries of the modern world.
Venom – A C-grade superhero movie that treads water for at least a half-hour, then mutates into an A+ slapstick body-horror comedy with an outright Nic Cagian lead performance from Tom Hardy. Venom plays like a less satirically pointed, big-budget version of Upgrade or a modernized Henenlotter, but its highs are also much funnier (and surprisingly queerer) than either of those reference points. It’s a lot of fun if you maintain your patience through the first act.