It’s T’Challa’s weekend, we’re just living in it. And the advent of what looks to be a monster hit — even for Marvel — means it’s otherwise pretty calm at the megaplex. Here we go.
A Year in an English Garden: The Hot Docs Cinema programmers offer us a glimpse of warmer weather by screening an episode of the BBC time-lapse series Flicker & Pulse. I do not know what that is.
Before We Vanish: Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s latest tracks three advance scouts for an alien invasion as they fumble through suburban Japan, seeking humanity. It’s a weird one, and a lot looser than most of his work. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Black Hollow Cage: Weirdness abounds in Sadrac González-Perellón’s time-scrambled thriller. All I really know is that it has a wolfhound in it, and I like wolfhounds.
Black Panther: Ryan Coogler does for Marvel what he did for the Rocky franchise with this spectacular feat of superhero world-building. Is it as good as they say? Yes. It really is.
Early Man: Aardman’s latest stop-motion feature is a little less delightful than its previous masterworks … or maybe I’m just too used to masterworks? I dunno. It’s fine. Your kids will love it.
In Between: Maysaloun Hamoud’s first feature is a hangout dramedy about three Arab Israeli women — played by Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh and Shaden Kanboura — sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv.
Poop Talk: Comedians like Pete Holmes, Aisha Tyler, Paul Scheer, Nikki Glaser and Kumail Nanjiani share jokes and stories about fouling themselves (and others). If you like that sort of thing, this movie is full of it.
And there we are. Go see Black Panther. It rules.