New Movies Weekend of April 2nd

The first big tent-pole hits theatres and streaming, and it’s the first real test of the new theatre+streaming release model. I know Raya & The Last Dragon was a big test for Disney, but it wasn’t a franchise, it was still early enough in the vaccination process that people still weren’t going to the theatres a lot. It was low risk as it wasn’t expected to put up, say Marvel or Frozen numbers. I think it would have done very well in any other year. But Godzilla vs. Kong… that’s a real test. Especially with Warner Bros. and Universal flipping to a shorter six week theatrical window soon. But we’ve got some theatrical and some streaming offerings for our viewing pleasure.

Godzilla vs. Kong

Theatres & HBOMax
Directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next, V/H/S/, Blair Witch), written by Eric Pearson and Maxon Borenstein, starring Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir. The big question is will they trade story/characters for spectacle. I just rewatched Kong: Skull Island last night, and if that’s any indication… then yes, they will. But I’ve enjoyed the spectacle of the recent Godzilla offerings, so I’ll be venturing to the theatres to catch this one.

Concrete Cowboy

Netflix
Directed by Ricky Staub, written by Staub and Dan Walser, starring Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Lorraine Toussaint, Jharrel Jerome, and Method Man. I never saw the trailer before deciding I wanted to watch this movie. Literally that still that’s the thumbnail of the trailer, just Idris and Caleb riding horses down the street is what sold it for me. Can’t wait to fire up Netflix for this.

The Unholy

Theatres
Written & directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Cary Elwes, William Sadler, Katie Aselton, Christine Adams, and Cricket Brown.

French Exit

Theatres
Directed by Azazel Jacobs, written by Patrick deWitt, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges, Valerie Mahaffey, Imogen Poots, Susan Coyne, Danielle Macdonald, Isaach de Bankolé, and Tracy Letts.

Every Breath You Take

Theatres
Directed by Vaughn Stein, written by David Murray, starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Sam Claflin, and Veronica Ferres.

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