The Conjuring 2 – James Wan’s (Furious 7, The Conjuring, Saw) horror sequel is the only wide release this weekend to receive generally positive reviews (75% on RT). Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as famed Connecticut ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren. Personal interest factor: 5.
Now You Can See Me: The Second Act – Despite the direct-to-video title, this actually is a theatrical sequel with the original cast (Jessie Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman) alongside franchise newcomers Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan. The original was enjoyable enough but I can’t imagine there’s anyone who was clamoring for an encore. Based on reviews (34% on RT) it seems like you’re more than safe waiting to catch this on Netflix or HBO later in the year. Personal interest factor: 5
Warcraft: China is going nuts for this fantasy videogame adaptation (90m+ in two days!) from Director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code). It’s likely to meet a very different reception stateside as American critics (22% on RT) and audiences are seemingly indifferent to the property. Fun fact: Warcraft cost 200 million dollars and there’s only been one videogame adaptation in history (2001’s Tomb Raider) to earn over 100 million dollars as the US box office. It’s a genre with a very, very low ceiling. Personal interest factor: 4
Weiner: Anthony Weiner, recovering from a sex scandal than ended his Congressional career, invites a documentary crew to shadow his 2013 New York City Mayoral bid. All’s well…until he falls into yet another sex scandal as the cameras keep rolling. 95% on RT, can’t wait. Personal interest factor: 8
The Trials of Muhammad Ali: The Criterion in New Haven is showing Bill Siegel’s 2013 documentary this weekend. 89% on RT, so it’s worth a look but I wish it was the exceptional When We Were Kings getting a fresh theatrical rollout. Personal interest factor: 7