What To Watch This Weekend: 'Captain Marvel' And 'Gloria Bell'

Marvel fans, your wait is over! “Captain Marvel” is finally lighting up the big screen this weekend. The movie stars Brie Larson as the superhero with a massive blast of energy. Joining her in the origin movie are Samuel L. Jackson and Jude Law, who play the superhero’s buddy and mentor, respectively.

Also hitting theaters this weekend is the dramedy “Gloria Bell,” starring Julianne Moore as a middle-aged divorcee who catches the eye of a handsome gentleman (John Turturro) while dancing at a disco club.

Meanwhile, fans of the western genre can check out “The Kid,” in which Ethan Hawke and Dane DeHaan play a couple of long-time enemies bound to face off.

Here’s what to see and skip this weekend:

Opening This Weekend

“Captain Marvel” — Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law; directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

Brie Larson stars as Captain Marvel in Marvel Studio’s first female-led superhero film. The origin story recounts how fighter-jet pilot Carol Danvers acquires her photons of energy, glowing cosmic eyes and formidable light speed, becoming a massive force to be reckoned with.

Check out our non-spoiler review of the movie to find out what makes Captain Marvel fly higher, further and faster!

See it. “Captain Marvel” soars despite a slow take-off to its destination. But with Brie Larson in command, the movie simply rocks!

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“Gloria Bell”— Julianne Moore, John Turturro; directed by Sebastian Lelio

A remake of Sebastian Lelio’s 2013 Chilean film, “Gloria,” the filmmaker’s new movie is a dramedy that delves into the ups and downs of being middle-aged, all through the eyes of a woman in her golden years.

“Gloria Bell” stars Julianne Moore as Gloria, a 50-year-old divorcee with two adult children (Michael Cera and Caren Pistorius). She loves to dance, so she spends her nights socializing at a disco club catering to the over-50 crowd. While she may be lonely, she’s certainly not desperate for romance.

In one of those evenings, she encounters Arnold (John Turturro), a recently divorced man who falls for her beauty and smile. The two hit it off and begin a romantic relationship. But Arnold’s past will get in the way as he deals with his clingy ex-wife and two adult daughters.

See it. Moore’s spontaneity and impulsiveness are captivating. Plus, the movie feels real and breathtaking.

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“The Kid” — Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt, Dane DeHaan; directed by Vincent D’Onofrio

Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio reunite for another Western adventure following their co-starring roles in “The Magnificent Seven.”

This film takes place in 1879’s American Southwest, and stars Jake Schur as Rio, a 13-year-old boy traumatized by domestic abuse and violence. When his father violently attacks his mom one night, Rio takes matters into his own hands and shoots his father to death. In turn, the teenager and his sister, Sarah (Leila George), must flee town to escape their Uncle Grant (Chris Pratt), their father’s mean and vengeful brother.

As the siblings make their way to Santa Fe in search of help, they cross paths with the hard-nosed Sheriff Pat Garrett (Hawke), as well as the notorious outlaw known as Billy the Kid (Dane DeHaan). Will Rio and Sara make it out alive as the two arch-enemies settle a long-standing score between them? And which side will Rio ultimately take— the good or the evil one?

Skip it. Overall, the flow of the narrative feels inorganic. By the end, it becomes vague and unforgettable.

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