The Oscar Project
After Fast X delivered an ok outing at the box office last weekend, it's time to bring a whole new slate of wide releases to theaters this weekend. It looks like there will be something for everyone, whether you're bringing the family, looking for a date night, or want something a little more crazy.
About My Father
I feel like the last time Robert De Niro was in a fun comedy like this one was when he appeared in the Meet the Parents films with Ben Stiller. This time he's the father of the man in the relationship, played by Sebastian Maniscalco.
The film follows the father/son pair as they take a visit to the wealthy family of the son's girlfriend and find a variety of ways to cause mischief.
Maniscalco is perhaps best known for his stand up comedy routines which have been featured on Netflix and DVD, but he has been branching out into films a bit recently, including a role in the hit movie Super Mario Bros. from earlier this spring.
For some reason, when I was writing this up for my video below this week, I thought I had already written a script for it, but then remembered a similar story in Guy Ritchie's The Covenant earlier this year. This time around, the American character isn't returning to Afghanistan to save a translator, but stuck in enemy territory with his translator.
Gerard Butler stars in the lead role as the CIA operative who must get to a safe extraction point after his mission is compromised.
The Little Mermaid
It's been several years since the last major Disney live action remake (The Lion King) but this one looks to take on the mantle of those remakes with a splash, literally.
If you've seen the original 1989 animated classic, you already know the story of the mermaid princess Ariel and her quest to meet the human Prince Eric that she falls in love with after saving his life when his ship sinks. This version promises to deliver a new voice in lead Halle Bailey along with a new version of Ursula, portrayed here by Melissa McCarthy.
The release of this film also coincides nicely with the release of the book Part of My World, a memoir written by the original voice of Ariel, Jodi Benson.
Going from the very family friendly to the complete opposite end of the spectrum, The Machine is the brainchild of comedian Bert Kreischer, known for performing his act shirtless. The film is an adaptation of a story he told as part of his act and Kreischer plays a fictionalized version of himself.
In response to some actions he took while on a college trip to Russia, the adult Kreischer and his father, played by Mark Hamill, are kidnapped by Russian mobsters and they must
You Hurt My Feelings
Last up comedy drama starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a novelist who is dealing with her husband's frustration at something she wrote about him in one of her books. This looks like it could be very funny in parts, but also has potential to be quite thoughtful and introspective in parts.
Louis-Dreyfus is on a producer of the film which is directed by Nicole Holofcener.
There isn't a huge list of limited releases hitting theaters this weekend, but a few alternative options if the movies mentioned above aren't your cup of tea.
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?