Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).
FYI, Loren is off galavanting in London with The Lady™. As such, he was only able to weigh in on a couple things.
The Secret Life of Pets
Loren: I’m almost positive I won’t see this in the theater but The Lady™ and I are animal people so it’s a pretty sure bet.
RDT: Looks cute. Like Toy Story but with pets. Still, I think I’ll probably wait until streaming.
Rick: It looks fun, but it borrows a lot from the first Toy Story. I’ll catch it on video.
Jen: If this came out two years from now, when my daughter was fully potty-trained and “not screaming in a dark room filled with strangers- trained” we’d be seeing this in the theater. Instead, we’ll watch it one million times on demand. It doesn’t grab me as much as Zootopia, but there are some laughs there.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Loren: For some reason I’m not as into this as I feel like I should be. But the word on the street is it’s pretty good. I’ll check it out eventually.
RDT: I love this cast (Anna, call me), and it looks (kinda) funny. But it’s just not grabbing me. I’ll see it, just not in theaters.
Rick: This feels like every other party-oriented comedy that’s come out in the last ten years. I just can’t bring myself to care about it.
Jen: Five bucks says that at the 30 minute mark a character accidentally drinks a cup filled with a bodily fluid. But it is nice to finally have Hollywood accept that women can be self-obsessed, stoned, porn-addicted party-crashers too! #feminism
Captain Fantastic (Limited)
RDT: This looks like the strangest superhero movie ever. (Humor aside, I’m intrigued and will definitely, eventually, check it out.)
Rick: This trailer has played in front of nearly every movie I’ve seen in the last few weeks. Even so, my desire to see it hasn’t waned. Had I not already committed to seeing The Innocents, I would have gone last night.
Jen: VIGGO!!!!!! Yes. All of the yes for anything with Viggo Mortensen. Team Aragorn Forever!
RDT: I’ve never seen a Bollywood movie before. This might be my first.
Rick: This looks like the Bollywood version of a Rocky movie. Just take my money.
Jen: Bollywood Rocky, Rick took the words right out of my mouth (off of my keyboard?) I’ve never been one to shy away from a hunky south Asian man, why start now?
Our Little Sister (Limited)
RDT: Too many tv shows, documentaries and foreign films. Not enough time.
Rick: I can easily get wrapped up in this story. I’m sure this will be on the heavier side, but it’ll be worth seeing in theaters.
Jen: This looks lovely. Too lovely. I don’t trust that a foreign film could be this sweet… prove me wrong, Our Little Sister, prove me wrong.
Zero Days (Limited)
RDT: I literally knew nothing about this. I am intrigued and will add it to my ever growing list of documentaries to watch.
Rick: That’s not the least bit terrifying. Between stuff like this and superbugs we’re all doomed. *stocks up on water and canned goods*
Jen: This trailer just made me excited for the new season of Mr. Robot, at least that’s not a true story… or is it?
RDT: Stephen King doing zombies. Cusack and Jackson team up. Slam dunk, right? The current 0% on Rotten Tomatoes says maybe not. I never read the book and it looks like I’m never seeing the movie either.
Rick: Every review I’ve read points out both Jackson and Cusack look bored the entire movie. I have a hunch I would feel the same if I watched this.
Jen: ::Dial tone noise::
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (Limited)
RDT: The man is, in a word, prolific. Definitely checking this out as soon as it’s streaming.
Rick: I’ll wind up taking this in from my couch, but I’m definitely in.
Jen: I watched all of his shows as a kid (in reruns, I’m not that old) and they helped shape the person I am today, I will absolutely be checking out the behind-the-scenes story of their creation and the genius who shared them with us.
The Big Short (Netflix)
Loren: Already added to my queue. Looking forward to it.
RDT: This is a movie about the housing bubble collapse from the guy that directed the Anchorman movies. And it’s good. Like really good. Nearly Academy Award winning good. See it. Srsly.
Rick: I still can’t choose between this and Spotlight as my top drama from 2015. If you have any interest in how the housing crisis came about, give this a go.
Jen: Setting aside the fact that this movie does an excellent job of making sexy men un-sexy, I enjoyed the heck out of this one and can’t recommend it enough.
So that’s your upcoming weekend in review. Let us know what you saw, liked and/or hated.
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–RDT, Rick, and Jen