Opening This Weekend: This Is Thriller Night!

When Zack and Miri Make A Porno and The Haunting of Molly Hartley could only combine for just over $15 million in box office grosses on this weekend last year, Hollywood learned a harsh lesson: don’t open movies on Halloween! In an effort to rectify that error in judgment, this Halloween we’re being treated to just one wide release—and it came out on Wednesday. So if you’re in the mood for a movie this weekend, we hope Saw: Infinity (or whatever that’s called) and Paranormal Activity are enough to float your boat. As we do every Friday, here’s a handy guide to the new releases.

Michael Jackson’s This Is It

What’s the story: This is it. The Michael Jackson concert film-cum-documentary landed in over 3,400 theaterson Wednesday and has grossed around $13 million domestically since opening. The surprise isn’t that bank, but the fact that This Is It has gotten great reviews—it’s currently rocking a 79 percent Fresh rating over at Rotten Tomatoes. Oh, and did we mention it’s in 3-D? Still, all that being said, we’d rather head to YouTube and watch the “Thriller” video for the 900th time.

 Who should see it: The Jackson Family.

Gentlemen Broncos

What’s the story: Okay, we lied: there’s an indie release this weekend too! Remember Napoleon Dynamite? Remember that you liked Napoleon Dynamite? (Hey, we all make mistakes.) Well then perhaps Gentlemen Broncos is for you. After departing for the mainstream with Nacho Libre, director Jared Hess returns to the world of misfit indies to tell the tell of a young nerd who gets his one great idea stolen by his idol, a pompous fantasy writer named Roland Chevalier. The trailer for this looks all kinds of irritating, but with actors like Sam Rockwell and Jermaine Clement (as the amazingly named Chevalier) in the cast, we’re almost tempted to search this one out when it hits Netflix, despite near universal pans.

Who should see it: Napoleon Dynamite.

Also opening this weekend: because you’ve always said, “there should be a sequel to Boondock Saints!” here comes Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.

Opening This Weekend: This Is Thriller Night!