According to the folks over at the Belcourt, the historic Hillsboro Village arthouse’s recent opening weekend of the Anthony Bourdain documentary Roadrunner was the film’s second-highest-grossing opening in the country. The Nicolas Cage vehicle Pig did well in its first weekend at the theater also, reportedly landing at ninth place out of 552 theaters. Those two flicks are still showing at the Belcourt (see our reviews of those here and here, respectively), and the latter — a simmering, food-centric showcase for Cage’s deep reservoir of talent — is one of the best films of the year so far. See it on the big screen while you can.
Opening this weekend at the Belcourt (as well as at Regal Cinemas’ Nashville locations) is the long-awaited The Green Knight from writer-director David Lowery (A Ghost Story, The Old Man & the Gun). That one’s got Dev Patel as fabled Round Table knight Sir Gawain and Ralph Ineson (known for The Witch, the British version of The Office and having one of the best speaking voices in cinema) as the titular foe. It’s fetched strong early reactions, with folks like Screen Rant’s Alisha Grauso calling it “a true slow-burn tale of man vs. nature vs. himself.”
Still playing in the megaplexes is M. Night Shyamalan’s return-to-form thriller Old, which answers the eternal question: What if a magical beach made you rapidly age? Alex Wolff — who’s great in the aforementioned Pig — is in this one too, playing one of the kids that the, uh, beach makes old. My take? It’s kind of like a B-minus Twilight Zone premise writ large and outlandish, with a bit of mediocre soft-core body horror mixed in there for good measure. Old was last weekend’s highest-grossing film, coming in ahead of Snake Eyes, the G.I. Joe movie.
Opening wide at the big theaters this week are Stillwater, in which Matt Damon plays an oil worker who moves to France to clear his daughter of a false murder charge, and Jungle Cruise, Disney’s latest theme-park-attraction IP cash-in. (Given the fact that The Rock leads that one, it’s likely to be more Pirates of the Caribbean than Tomorrowland, at least content-wise if not box-office-gross-wise.)
If you’re looking to get out to the movies and none of those appeals to you (and you’re all caught up on your Space Jams and your Marvel installments and your Boss Babies), there are repertory screenings of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom at Full Moon Cineplex in Hermitage and The Secret Life of Plants at the Belcourt (more on both of those in this week's Critics’ Picks, here and here). Feels good to be at the movies again, doesn’t it?