Weekend Watchlist: April 8th

Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Ambulance, and the expanded release of Everything Everywhere All at Once make for a well-rounded week at the box office.

By Sean Blanford

In Theaters
Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Coming off the financial success of the 2020 original Sonic the Hedgehog movie, the main cast of James Marsden, Jim Carrey, and Ben Schwartz is joined by newcomers Idris Elba providing the voice of Knuckles as well as acclaimed voice actor Colleen O’Shaughnessey providing her talents for our favorite two-tailed fox Miles “Tails” Prower. This will be the first of two films covered by our Bananameter critics this week.

Ambulance: The second film being covered on the Bananameter is the return of director Michael Bay in his first film since 2019’s 6 Underground and his first theatrical release since 2017 Transformers: Age of Extinction. An English-language remake of the 2005 Danish film Ambulancen, the film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Yaya Abdul-Mateen II as two men who resort to stealing an ambulance when a bank heist goes wrong.

Expanded to Wide Release
Everything Everywhere All at Once: Originally released on March 25th, the latest from the writing-directing duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, EEAAO is getting a wide-release expansion to approximately 1,200 theaters nationwide. While the film’s ideas of multiversal travel and madcap insanity are getting a lot of the buzz, there is so much to relate to in the film’s story of family, understanding those you love, and appreciating what makes life so great. Michelle Yeoh is the star of the show, but Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, James Hong, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Tallie Medel all offer outstanding supporting performances.

Theaters/Amazon Prime Video
All the Old Knives: Based on the 2015 novel written by Olen Steinhauer (who also wrote the film’s screenplay), All the Old Knives stars Chris Pine and Thandie Newton as two CIA operatives who reunite to look into a mission they completed six years ago to determine whether or not it may have been compromised. Laurence Fishburne and Jonathan Price co-star.

Shudder Premiere
See For Me: Released in theaters back in January, See For Me is making its debut on the horror platform beginning this weekend. Making its world premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, See For Me stars Skyler Davenport as Sophie, a blind former Olympic-hopeful skier who has taken to petsitting for affluent families while they go on vacation. When things take a turn during a home invasion, it’s up to former Army Ranger Kelly (Jessica Parker Kennedy) to remotely serve as Sophie’s eyes to ensure her safety.

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