Now in Theaters: 5 New Movies for the Weekend of May 17th

Drop everything you're doing and go see John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum.

Welcome back to "Now in Theaters: 5 New Movies for the Weekend."

Only one movie matters this weekend, and that movie is John Wick: Chapter 3.


John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019 Movie) New Trailer – Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry

It's no secret that I'm a huge John Wick fanboy. Few other franchises in movie history have managed to take material typically relegated to blockbuster shlock––in this case, absurd, hyper-violent action fare––and turn it into high art. But from the vibrant choreography to the expert cinematography to Keanu Reeve's career-best turn as the titular hitman, both prior John Wick movies have been absolutely awe-inspiring for action aficionados. I expect the trilogy's conclusion to follow suit. If you see one movie this weekend, make sure it's this one. And if you haven't seen the first two, do yourself a favor and watch them now.

The Sun Is Also a Star

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR - Official Trailer

This latest big screen YA novel adaptation, The Sun Is Also a Star, follows star-crossed teen lovers Daniel Bae (Charles Melton) and Natasha Kingsley (Yara Shahidi). He's a romantic. She's a pragmatist. Wacky hijinks ensue, mainly "will she or won't she be deported?" because, oh yeah, Natasha is an illegal immigrant from Jamaica. I doubt The Sun Is Also a Star will transcend its typical genre conventions, but it is nice to see a mainstream teen romance starring two minority characters.

A Dog's Journey

A Dog's Journey - Official Trailer (HD)

Look, I don't know who keeps watching these dog movies. Are they for children? Do children love watching Dennis Quaid playing with dogs? I have no idea, but apparently, A Dog's Purpose did well enough that it got a sequel, and this is it. Based on the trailer, the dog's purpose was to hang out with Dennis Quaid in the first movie, and now its purpose is to hang out with Dennis Quaid's grandkid. So if you fall into the cross-section of people who love dogs and people who love Dennis Quaid, I guess this franchise is perfect for you.


The Souvenir

The Souvenir | Official Trailer HD | A24

Director Joanna Hogg presents a memoir-esque drama/mystery about a young film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) who enters into a complex relationship with an older man (Tom Burke) against her mother's (Tilda Swinton––Honor's real-life mom) wishes. The trailer looks great and initial reviews suggest that The Souvenir is a masterful narrative work. If it wasn't coming out on the same weekend as John Wick 3, I'd definitely be seeing it.

The Professor

THE PROFESSOR Official Trailer (2019) Johnny Depp Movie HD

Remember when Johnny Depp was a bankable star? Remember when the quality of his roles went downhill but he was still doing mainstream Blockbuster fares like Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows. Well, those days are gone. Now, Johnny Depp is starring in The Professor, a surefire future entry on every bad movie podcast in existence. The premise seems to be that a professor, played by Johnny Depp, responds to a cancer diagnosis by being a big annoying asshole to everyone around him. "He's smoking weed? IN CLASS?!?!? WUUUUUUUT!"

Dan Kahan is a writer & screenwriter from Brooklyn, usually rocking a man bun. Find more at

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To Donald Trump: 5 Ways You're Actually a Flawless Being Doing a Beautiful, Unbelievable Job Right Now

You could resign if you want to, but then who will keep America so GD great?

With Donald Trump making a visit to Bangor, Maine today, the editorial board of the Portland Press Herald issued an op-ed calling for President Trump to resign.

The harshly critical piece entitled "To President Trump: You Should Resign Now" was framed as an open letter to the president and got straight to the point with this opening plea, "We're sorry that you decided to come to Maine, but since you are here, could you do us a favor? Resign."

In recent days even George W. Bush has been critical of President Trump's response to protests, so this new piece quickly became a trending topic on Twitter. Obviously this is another baseless attack from the lying news media—AKA lügenpresse. Considering how delicate our president's ego is—he's our special little guy—we can only hope that Donald Trump didn't see the letter; but just in case he did, it's worth writing another one to lift his spirits. So here's our best attempt—with lots of pictures and flattery to keep him reading:

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Most Promising Book-to-Film Adaptations in 2019

Only pretentious people say, "The book is better!"


Try finding someone willing to argue that Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather (1969) was better than Francis Ford Coppola's film.

Skim through the pages of Peter Benchley's Jaws or Roderick Thorp's Nothing Lasts Forever (later adapted as a little flick called Die Hard), and you'd have to agree that those films turned out better than the books. But those are the exceptions, not the rule, and there's no shortage of critics who enjoy scoffing, "The book was better."

For a moment in the early 2000s, it seemed young adult fiction was churning out exceptions, considering the phenomenal success of multiple fantasy series from Harry Potter and Hunger Games to Twilight. But frankly, that's not saying much when shaky ASMR videos are better quality than Stephenie Meyer's writing in Twilight. Most film adaptations slated for release in 2019 skew towards teen romances and eccentric family dramas. Here are six upcoming books-to-film that might be better than the book:

1.Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott (March 15)

Fans of John Green are probably already familiar with Lippincott's 2018 novel. As two teens with cystic fibrosis, Stella Grant and Will Newman have damaged lungs that put their lives at risk if they come into close contact with each other. Stella risks severe infection and could jeopardize her chances of receiving a lung transplant, while Will just wants to turn 18 so he can check himself out of the hospital. Cole Sprouse (Riverdale) and Haley Lu Richardson (The Edge of Seventeen) star in the film adaptation, directed by Justin Baldoni (Jane the Virgin).

Five Feet Apart Teaser Trailer #1 (2019) | Movieclips Trailers

2. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (March 22)

Bernadette is a funny, eccentric, agoraphobic genius who suddenly disappears from her home. Bee, her 15-year-old daughter, follows a trail of emails, work documents, and secret letters to find her mother. Directed and co-written by Richard Linklater, the PG-13 film stars Cate Blanchett as Bernadette, with Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, and Billy Crudup in supporting roles.


3. Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud (March 29)

The original 68-page novella has a deceptively simple premise with a dark twist: a New Orleans bartender finds a lost cell phone that brings with it a series of increasingly disturbing events – adapted to the silver screen as Wounds, Armie Hammer and Dakota Johnson star in the R-Rated horror movie.

Wounds Official Trailer [HD] 2019 Expect View

4. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pritchett (May 31)

Following in the footsteps of STARZ adapting Gaiman's American Gods, Amazon Prime is releasing a miniseries based on the messy apocalypse depicted in the novel of the same name. With Benedict Cumberbatch playing Satan and Frances McDormand playing God, the miniseries promises to capture the same absurdist humor as the book.

Good Omens - Official Teaser Trailer I Prime Video

5. The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook (April 26)

War dramas tend to produce promising adaptations — they also tend to star Keira Knightley. Brook's thriller portrays the charged tension between a young English couple and a German widower and his daughter as they're forced to share a house in post-war Germany. Brook actually co-wrote the screenplay, with Alexander Skarsgård, Keira Knightley, and Jason Clarke starring in the lead roles.

The Aftermath Trailer #1 (2019) | Movieclips Trailers

6. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (May 17)

After co-writing the screenplay based on her popular novel Everything, Everything, Yoon co-wrote the adaptation of her most recent New York Times Bestseller. Natasha and Daniel narrate their experiences as they try to fall in love despite Natasha's family facing deportation back to Jamaica.

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR - Official Trailer

Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.

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