Brigsby Bear is a piece of weirdo cinema that seems like the kind of fake movie you’d see as a film-within-a-film mocking Sundance. It’s precious bordering on twee, deeply nostalgic, possessed of a quirky synth score (courtesy David Wingo, frequent Jeff Nichols collaborator), and full of actors from the indie comedy scene. It’s practically a checklist of Sundance stereotypes—and it was, indeed, a big hit at this year’s Sundance. But Brigsby transcends its made-for-mockery foundation. It’s a little too sweet for the inherent darkness of its story, but Brigsby Bear is a sensitive and sincere portrait of loneliness and fandom.
Best known for writing the weird and frequently cut sketches on SNL, Kyle Mooney now moves up to feature film, with this movie about a sweet odd dude who learns a devastating truth and turns to a childhood show for comfort. More or less. Brigsby Bear is both more complex than the trailer makes it seem, and simpler. It is, though, a strong debut for Mooney as a features writer, even if the high concept doesn’t quite pan out.
A Ghost Story
Casey Affleck is a dead guy in a sheet, haunting his widow, played by Rooney Mara. This blew everyone away at Sundance, which doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but it does look weird and amazing.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Apparently this is a popular children’s book series, and while Wonder Woman is set to dominate the weekend, this could pull in those too young for the superhero stuff.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
If you haven’t heard of this one, living, rock, et cetera.
Anne Hathaway controls a kaiju. Everyone says don’t learn anything more about this movie till you see it, so don’t learn anything more about this movie till you see it.
Before I Fall
It’s like Groundhog Day, but for teens. No seriously, I’ve been waiting for someone to put Zoey Deutch in the right project—maybe this is it.