From hanging our with your favorite Jackasses to multiple potential Oscar nominees, here’s what you need to keep your eye on in the world of film this weekend.
By Sean Blanford
Jackass Forever: For over twenty years, Johnny Knoxville and his merry band of delinquents have graced our television and cinemas one exploding toilet and groin punch at a time. This is the fourth in the Jackass film franchise and the first since 2010’s Jackass 3-D.
Moonfall: If there is one thing that director Roland Emmerich excels at, it’s big-budget SFX thrillers with varying degrees of financial success. Starring Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, and John Bradley, Moonfall sees the Earth on the brink of destruction when the moon is mysteriously knocked out of orbit. Will the world survive? Find out by checking out Moonfall this weekend.
The Worst Person in the World (limited release): One of the front-runners for a Best International Feature Oscar nomination is Joachim Trier’s third film in his Oslo trilogy starring Renate Reinsve. Reinsve stars as Julie, a woman in her mid-twenties juggling her work/life balance while dealing with multiple tumultuous relationships. After making the rounds at almost every major international film festival since Cannes in July, The Worst Person in the World finally begins its theatrical run in the United States.
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House of Gucci: The second film directed by Ridley Scott this year after the financially disappointing but critically loved The Last Duel makes its debut on home rental after a successful worldwide box office run. This crime drama biopic could be a dark horse candidate for Best Picture thanks in most part to its Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Ensemble Cast, which includes Adam Driver, Jeremy Irons, Al Pacino, Salma Hayek, and potential Oscar contenders Jared Leto and Lady Gaga. If you wanted to make it a Ridley Scott double feature weekend, I would highly suggest The Last Duel, which is available to stream on HBO Max.
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Nightmare Alley: Hitting Hulu and HBO Max this week are the latest from director Guillermo del Toro in his first film since winning Best Picture at the 2018 Academy Awards for The Shape of Water. Taking place in the early 1940s, the film stars Bradley Cooper as a man who starts down on his luck but takes his small-time carnival act to the big time, Nightmare Alley also boasts a stellar cast including Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, and Toni Collette, amongst many others, the film also has beautiful cinematography from DP Dan Lausten.
The Beta Test: If you’re looking for something a little outside-the-box, look no further than this unconventional romantic comedy from writer-director Jim Cummings coming to Hulu on February 4th. After receiving a mysterious letter inviting over-achieving Hollywood agent Jordan (Cummings) to have a seemingly too easy no-questions-asked one-night stand with a potential admirer, others who have received similar purple invites start to die in horrific fashion. It’s a race against time until Jordan becomes the next on the chopping block, and if you’re a fan of 2020s The Wolf of Snow Hollow (also written and directed by Cummings), you’ll enjoy The Beta Test as well.