14 days of film. Updated every second Thursday.
Last year, Neil Blomkamp announced plans to make a sequel to Aliens that would’ve nixed/overwritten Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection and brought back Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn. Some fans were hopeful, although others like myself were wary because Blomkamp’s last few films have been crap. While promoting his new Alien movie, though, director/producer Ridley Scott announced that Blomkamp’s film is dead. So fans can only dream of what might have been — maybe. /Shane Hnetka
KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD Guy Ritchie has decided to tackle the King Arthur legend. He’s doing it his way, too. Before Ritchie fans get too excited, there’s an elephant in the room we need to talk about. A freaking giant elephant that has apparently been inserted into the story alongside the Sword in the Stone, Knights of the Round Table, Mordred, Merlin and the rest. I’ve liked most of Ritchie’s movies, so I’m willing to give this a chance. But an elephant?
SNATCHED Director Jonathan Levine (The Night Before) has Amy Schumer on vacation in a tropical country with her overprotective mother (Goldie Hawn) when they get kidnapped. Zaniness and bonding ensues.
LOWRIDERS A teenager (Gabriel Chavarria) who wants to be a graffiti artist clashes with his father who is into lowrider car culture. Eva Longoria, Theo Rossi and Melissa Benoist co-star.
ALIEN: COVENANT The plot for this follow up to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus looks more than a little familiar. Crew in space lands on an uncharted planet, finds alien life which turns out to be hostile. At least, that’s what it looks like to me. Scott is claiming Covenant sets up four more films so there must be something going on. On the plus side, Danny McBride is one of the humans fighting aliens. Another positive is that hack screenwriter Damon Lindelof is out after making a mess of Prometheus. Instead, John Logan (Penny Dreadful) is onboard.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL Holy crap, there’s been four of these now? I guess the other three made enough money to warrant a fourth film. However, the movie has recast everyone from the previous three films — outraging fans of the series. This time out the gang goes on a road trip. I’m sure hilarity will ensue.
EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING Wow, studios are going all out with counter programming this year against blockbusters. Cases in point, Diary of a Wimpy Kid [see above], and this romantic drama about a girl who is allergic to everything falling for the boy next door.
7:00 THAT SUGAR FILM A documentary that looks at the evil of sugar and the sugar industry.
9:30 DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE This documentary examines the career and life of the surrealist master.
7:00 DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE
9:00 TWIN PEAKS: INTERNATIONAL PILOT This dates back to 1990, and introduced the world to David Lynch’s classic TV show about a murdered young woman in a small forest town. Just in time for the new series which premieres May 21.
11:00 TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME A prequel movie to the TV series set during the week leading up to Laura Palmer’s murder. Cast includes David Bowie.
7:00 THE COMMUNE Director Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration, The Hunt) crafts a tale about a husband and wife who open up their home as a commune in the 1970s. Problems arise when hubbie starts an affair with another woman. Additional screenings May 15, 18, 20 and 22 at 9 p.m., May 16, 19, 21 and 24 at 7 p.m.
9:00 GOD KNOWS WHERE I AM A documentary that looks at the last few months of a homeless woman who was found dead in a barn. The woman’s diary gives clues to what lead her to her death. Additional screenings May 15, 18 at 7 p.m., May 16 at 9 p.m.
7:00 & 9:30 BIRTH OF A FAMILY Co-hosted by PAVED, this documentary by Saskatchewan Indigenous filmmaker Tasha Hubbard examines one family’s efforts to reconnect after being separated during the ’60s scoop.
9:00 THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MAKI Biopic on Finnish boxer Olli Maki who had a chance to go big time with a fight against American boxer Davey Moore only to fall in love at the same time. Additional screenings May 20, 22 at 7 p.m., May 21, 24 at 9 p.m.
COLOSSAL Anne Hathaway stars in this SF comedy as an alcoholic writer living in the American mid-West who discovers she can manifest and control a giant monster in South Korea.
MOM AND ME A documentary about several men and their relationships with their mothers. Playing for one week only.
THE DINNER This American adaptation of Herman Koch’s novel The Dinner stars Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall, Chloë Sevigny and Charlie Plummer as concerned parents who meet at a posh restaurant to thrash out family problems.