The Oscar Project
It's the end of April and before we heat things up in May with a bunch of big blockbusters, it's time to get a few more releases out of the way. There aren't any huge films on the slate this weekend, but the ones that are releasing give some variety to a box office that has seemed choked with horror titles for the last few weeks.
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
If you've ever been in late elementary school, there's a good chance you've read some books by the acclaimed children's author Judy Blume. She has written such favorites as Superfudge, Fudge-a-Mania, and Freckle Juice, but it's one of her other books that hits theaters as a movie adaptation this weekend.
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret adapts the book of the same name and stars Abby Ryder Fortson, who you may know as young Cassie Lang from the first two Ant-Man films. She was great in that role and now that she's a little older, I am looking forward to seeing her tackle young Margaret who is struggling to figure out her religious identity while also dealing with just being a sixth grade girl. Rachal McAdams appears as Margaret's mother alongside Kathy Bates as her grandmother.
Big George Foreman: The Miraculous Story of the Once and Future Heavyweight Champion of the World
In possibly the film with the longest title in some time, this is our second major boxing picture of the year (after Creed III). The film is a biopic focusing on the life of boxing legend George Foreman.
Khris Davis takes on the mantle of the multi-time heavyweight champion of the world in a story that takes him from the ring, to a life as minister and preacher, before returning to the ring to reclaim his title. And based on the trailer, we might even get a little insight into the marketing of Foreman's famous countertop grill.
This film just came onto my radar this week and it's already generating quite a bit of buzz. Krit was already able to see the film and dropped a review video for the film.
The film is a story of two sisters, one of whom is training to be a stuntwoman, while the other is recently engaged. The film comes to us from the UK, and focuses on Pakistani culture as the sisters plot a "wedding heist."
It's not very usual to see a Finnish film getting a wide release in the United States, but this is an exception to that rule. The trailer for this film cites the creators of the John Wick films, so you know there will be some good action and violence in this film.
The story is that of a gold prospector in the Lapland area of Scandinavia in the latter stages of WWII. The prospector is accosted by a group of Nazis while trying to bring out a load of gold and must use his elite fighting skills to save himself and his haul.
I keep saying it every week, but there have been so many movies coming out in the last two months, it's hard to keep up with what's still playing. This isn't going to change in the coming months and there are plenty of limited releases hitting theaters as well this weekend.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?