In riot-torn Los Angeles in the year 2028, criminals of a discerning nature get their wounds patched up at the Hotel Artemis, a fortified hospital that will fix up whatever ails ya and not ask any questions about how you got hurt. It is run by Jodie Foster with muscle provided by Dave Bautista. There are lots of rules, including no killing on the premises all of which makes it sound like an extended version of that scene in John Wick in which Keanu Reeves shows up at a similar hospital. If you saw that scene and thought that concept would make a pretty cool movie, then Hotel Artemis is for you.
Along with Foster and Bautista, the cast also includes Jeff Godlblum, Zachary Quinto, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, and Charlie Day. The reviews were pretty mixed, but trended towards positive. The trailer is lots of fun. I dig the concept. All of which blends together to form this week’s pick.
Also out this week that looks interesting:
Eighth Grade: Drama about a young teenaged girl trying to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth-grade year. Supposed to be incredibly realistic, which will likely scare me more than any actual horror movie coming out this year.
50 Years of Planet of the Apes: Collects all the old movies and the new ones.
Skyscraper: Dwayne Johnson must climb a really tall building in Hong Kong, battle bad guys, clear his name, and save his family in this ridiculous-looking summer popcorn movie. Read Gordon S. Miller's review, and it isn't too late to enter to win a free copy of the Blu-ray in our contest.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation: Dracula and the gang go to the beach with presumably hilarious to kids results.
Constantine: City of Demons: The Movie: Feature-length film based on the first five episodes of the CW Seed web series finds John Constantine, the occult detective, trying to cure a woman from a supernatural coma.
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot: Biopic of John Callahan, who began drawing off-color newspaper comics after he became paralyzed. Gus Van Sant directs with Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black starring.
Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day (Criterion Collection): Rainer Werner Fassbinder drama tells interlocking stories of blue-collar workers in 1970s Germany.