New to Theaters This Weekend: Halloween, Mid90s, Wildlife

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There is just one new movie in wide release this weekend and it’s a pretty big one. Michael Myers makes his long-awaited return after a nine year absence in David Gordon Green’s Halloween, which is on track to have the biggest opening weekend for the franchise and one of the biggest for horror movies in general. With no other R-rated horror movies around except for The Nun, some people are saying it could be looking at $70+ million. If slashers aren’t your thing, there are some alternatives in select theatres including Jonah Hill’s directorial debut Mid90s, Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife, and the Melissa McCarthy drama Can You Ever Forgive Me?. Acclaimed crime thriller The Hate U Give is also expanding to over 2000 screens. What will you be watching this weekend?

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  • bendoofus

    As a big fan of the original I was cautiously optimistic for this, but to be honest I found it a total disappointment. Zero suspense, zero character development and Laurie turned into Sarah Connor at the age of 60 and not much else. I was looking at my watch waiting for it to be over, which is the last thing I thought I would say. H20 was way better both as a suspenseful addition to the franchise and a study of the effects of ptsd. She was a borderline, but functioning alcoholic, which was a more realistic outcome for the character. Carpenter’s score was one of the few redeeming features.

  • Lori Cerny

    Interesting. Did you at least enjoy the opening credits? How about Julian? Any of the cinematography?

  • Lori Cerny

    There were about 50 people in my first showing on a Saturday (think it was 12:30 PM, but the trailers pegged it at about 1:00 PM) and some clapped at the end. All adults and all were so quiet during the tense moments, that I had to look around to see if anyone had left.

    I was entranced throughout. The grittiness of the film, the brutality of the killings (so 70s), the many many references, the gender theme of power, the music, a couple visual moments which were surreal and beautiful, and the simplicity of the plot – a great, not a perfect, slasher film.

    Kinda hard to believe that a film which is so grotesque is drawing so many eyeballs.

  • Lori Cerny

    I found the Mid-90s trailer very off-putting, cheap, and obvious. Maybe it’s because I just watched Eight Grade (2018) which was shot well and the lead actor was likable and realistic.

  • bendoofus

    I liked some of the callbacks, switching Michael out for Jamie Lee and like I said the score was great. Opening credits were okay, but nothing new really. I was just really surprised as she had said she did the film on the basis of the script and I’m not really sure what about the script could have come across as outstanding. All the scenes involving the two podcasters were a joke and I was not a fan of the Loomis replacement either. I just wish they would have spent time setting some of the victims up properly instead of having Michael killing people at random