In addition to making your mornings suck less on Go 96.3’s Morning Show, Dana Wessel is our station’s resident cinephile. Think of him like Ebert, Roper and Siskel combined, but way cooler. Check out his weekly movie preview below. 

Three big releases this week with a little bit of something for everybody. On to the movies!

Ocean’s 8 – Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter.

What’s the deal?

This is the latest film in the Ocean’s heist franchise. It has been eleven years since the tragic events of Ocean’s 13 where a botched job left five of Danny Ocean’s men brutally killed. Matt Damon’s character was mauled by pandas, Don Cheadle was hit by a garbage truck, Brad Pitt was buried alive in a Vegas desert, Edie Jameson was drowned in a fish tank, and Scott Caan was beaten to death by Ocean for being annoying.

So now the crew is down to just eight people and…wait…what’s that? Really? Are you sure?

OK, scrap that! My bad. Let’s start over. This is an all-female spinoff of the Ocean’s franchise revolving around Danny’s sister Debbie Ocean who is planning a job at the Met Gala. You can’t pull off a job that big without a crew, and Debbie’s crew includes characters played by Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna (!!!) and, unfortunately, James Corden for some reason.

Hopefully the Worst People on the Internet that were outraged over Ghostbusters and Star Wars having the audacity to include well-rounded, strong female characters will just chill and sit this one out. I can’t imagine there are Ocean’s superfans out there that could be pissed about an all-woman spinoff, but I guess nothing would surprise me anymore.

Should you go?

Yeah! The Ocean’s movies have always been high on style and low on substance, but that’s what makes them fun. You know there will be twists. You know there will be cameos. You know there will be a great “putting the crew together” montage. You know there will be Rihanna. This will be fun. Women rule.

Hotel Artemis – Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day and Dave Bautista

What’s the deal?

This one finally answers the question about where criminals go when they get injured robbing a bank in the near-future. They go to Hotel Artemis and visit Jodie Foster!

Foster plays The Nurse who runs a hospital for criminals that operates under a strict set of rules, including no killing other patients. But guess what happens when you get a bunch of criminals together? Well, by golly, they want to kill each other! This does have a pretty great cast, alongside Foster there is Sterling K. Brown and a badass Sofia Boutella. Throw in our national treasure Jeff Goldblum and some Charlie Day for comedic relief and you have a pretty solid group.

Should you go?

Ehhh, I could see this one getting lost in the shuffle for most people. It looks kinda cool, I suppose. It is a unique premise and one of three movies coming out in 2018 that isn’t a sequel or a reboot. I just don’t know if Goldblum is enough to get me to the theater. Might wait for Jurassic World for my Goldblum fix.

Hereditary – Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, and Gabriel Byrne.

What’s the deal?

Well this looks absolutely terrifying. I could barely make it through the trailer without crying. Hereditary tells the story Annie (played by the wonderful Toni Collette), her creepy daughter, slacker son, husband, and dead mother. This one has drawn a lot of comparisons to The Exorcistand that makes sense after seeing the trailer. It has gotten considerable buzz after showings at festivals and is sitting at a hefty 96% on Rotten Tomatoes as I write this.

Should you go?

You should go under one big condition: you can handle a movie this scary without pooping your pants. Tough to come back from pooping your pants from terror in a movie theater. Nobody else in the theater needs that either.

Dana’s Weekly Rundown: 

Current box office champSolo with a disappointing $29+ million in its second weekend, becoming the first Star Wars movie to be considered a flop. Expect it to drop even more drastically this weekend.

This week’s predicted champ: Solo is dead and Deadpool/Avengers have run their course as well. That means it is Ocean’s 8 for the taking. Most projections I have read have it finishing somewhere between $35-$45 million.

What opens next week? Pixar looking to get in on that summer cash with Incredibles II and an R-rated comedy about a group of adults who have played a 30-year game of tag which is incredibly based on a true story. See you all next Wednesday.

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