Happy Friday, everyone! Maybe it’s Gemini season, or maybe it’s just spring fever, but a three-day weekend can’t come soon enough. Whether your Memorial Day plans include vacations, staycations, backyard BBQs, or quiet time indoors, we hope they also include a little time out at the movies, because there just happens to be a whole lot of highly-anticipated releases coming to theaters starting tonight! Whether you want to spend some time in peak punk revelry, nineteenth-century intrigue, or just a galaxy far, far away, we’ve got you covered! Here’s what’s coming to a theater near you:
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Calling all rebel scum, all nerf herders, all swashbuckling smugglers, and intergalactic smooth operators! Now that Harrison Ford’s Han Solo has (uh, spoiler alert) officially left the Star Wars saga, this Ron Howard-helmed spinoff is the closest you’re ever going to get to the beloved anti-hero again. How will Opie handle this bittersweet installment of the franchise? Honestly, who cares? The important thing to remember is that Donald Glover is Lando Calrissian! Here’s looking forward to the inevitable SNL digital short, “This is Cloud City.”
Ever since the trailer for this historical drama dropped, we’ve been anticipating this release with bated breath. And now, finally, “it’s alive, it’s aliiiiiive!” Mary Shelley is directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, also known as Saudi Arabia’s first-ever woman director—this is her first Hollywood production. Fitting, isn’t it, that such a groundbreaking talent should be charged with telling the story of another? This movie focuses on the early years of romance between Shelley (née Godwin) and poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, leading up to the fateful contest that brought of history’s most memorable monsters, both on the page and on the screen, to life. Will it be shockingly good, or will it lay limp on the slab? The only way to find out is to “bolt” on down to your local cinema! Okay, that’s the last one, we promise.
How to Talk to Girls At Parties
A vintage punk sci-fi set in 1970s London, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, based on a short story by Neil Gaiman, and starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman…What is this, bingo? Our butts are going to be in those theater seats so fast that you’ll see a cartoon dust cloud in our wake. There are all kinds of movie aliens out there, not to mention a bunch about aliens that look like humans. But when it comes to movies about humanoid aliens that are funny, sexy, and have a killer soundtrack to boot, it’s basically just How to Talk to Girls at Parties and the 1988 musical Earth Girls Are Easy. And while the latter may have Jeff Goldblum in it, the former is way more The Clash and way less Julie Brown, if you catch our drift.