Support Filmmaking - Go Watch a Movie in Theaters This Weekend
by Alex Billington
August 23, 2013
This is one of the best weekends for movies all year. There's a handful of
great excellent movies hitting theaters, even more outstanding indie films expanding in their releases, and plenty of options. This is the weekend to catch something at your local cinema. To go out and see a movie and revel in the brilliance of this fine art form that many of us are so passionate about. This is one of those weekends many of us have been patiently waiting for, with the latest Edgar Wright movie and one of the best horror movies in years finally hitting theaters. It's one of those weekends where there's really no excuse (not even homework!) not to go see a movie. So, support indie filmmakers, support your local cinema, catch a film or two in theaters.
Opening this week: Edgar Wright's sci-fi comedy The World's End (review) starring Simon Pegg & Nick Frost; Adam Wingard's home invasion horror You're Next (review) starring AJ Bowen & Sharni Vinson; Kar Wai Wong's martial arts epic The Grandmaster starring Tony Leung & Ziyi Zhang; Destin Cretton's indie sensation Short Term 12 (review) starring Brie Larson & John Gallagher Jr.; Joe Swanberg's comedy Drinking Buddies starring Olivia Wilde & Jake Johnson. Expanding wider: David Lowery's drama Ain't Them Bodies Saints (review) starring Rooney Mara & Casey Affleck; James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now (review) starring Shailene Woodley & Miles Teller; Lake Bell's comedy In a World (review) starring Lake Bell & Fred Melamed; plus Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine featuring Cate Blanchett & Sally Hawkins.
Other movies currently playing in theaters: Harald Zwart's The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones based on the books, Lee Daniels' The Butler, Ashton Kutcher in Jobs, Jeff Wadlow's sequel Kick-Ass 2, plus Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi Elysium starring Matt Damon & Sharlto Copley or Disney's animated Planes.
There's something for everyone. A very healthy mix of genres: from comedy to martial arts to sci-fi to drama to biopic to horror. We need more weekends like this to prove just how great movies can be, how much they can mean to everyone, how much they mean to our culture and society. There's a feeling you get when you see an amazing movie that sticks with you, the kind of feeling that makes you feel great about life and your friends and the art we're privileged enough to be able to appreciate. But there are filmmakers behind all of this art, behind all of these great movies, and they need your support. Say thanks to them for pouring their hearts and time and effort (and money) into entertaining us by buying a ticket to their film. Simple as that.
So, go see a movie this weekend. Maybe even go see two or three of them. Heck, if you see four of them this weekend, the filmmakers will send you a care package of props and signed memorabilia. This is one of those weekends that cinephiles live for. It's proof Hollywood can, every once in a while, still support genuinely great films and filmmakers. Now they just need moviegoers to watch them in return. See you at the cinema.