FLINT-- Three new films make their debuts this weekend and with the weather looking a bit frightful for the first time this season, the prospect of spending time in a nice, warm movie theater with a bucked of hot, buttered popcorn and a soft drink is enticing.
Your new choices include the second film in the Dragon Tattoo series,; a J.J. Abrams produced movie that combines World War II, science-fiction and horror; and the latest iteration of an animated holiday classic.
"The Grinch" brings our favorite furry, green Christmas curmudgeon back to the big screen in new form. Those in my generation know the character from the 1966 animated television version narrated by Boris Karloff that still airs each holiday season. Those in younger generations are likely familiar with the live-action feature film version from 2000 starring Jim Carrey. The 2018 edition is the same classic story only, it's done in 3D computer animation and features Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the Grinch and Pharrell Williams narrating.
"Overlord" tells a story of American paratroopers dropping behind enemy lines the night before D-Day to penetrate a fortified church and destroy a radio transmitter. But, as the soldiers approach the target, they realize that there's more going on in the Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. They stumble upon a sinister experiment and end up in a vicious battle against a zombie army.
It looks like an intriguing mix of WWII, sci-fi and horror and since J.J. Abrams pretty much has the Midas touch, "Overlord" might be worth checking out.
Finally, the film that is definitely on my list to see is "The Girl In The Spider's Web." Computer hacker Lisbeth Salander is back, but Claire Foy takes over the lead role from Rooney Mara. Lisbeth is recruited to steal a program that can access codes for nuclear weapons. The download draws attention from an NSA agent and Russian thugs with the latter stealing Lisbeth's laptop and kidnapping a whiz kid who can make the program work. Lesbeth teams up with an unlikely ally to save the boy and recover the codes before global disaster happens.
I enjoyed "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," so I'm looking forward to seeing this follow-up.
Box Offic Pro predicts "The Grinch" will win the box office battle pulling in about $70-million dollars. "Overlord" and "The Girl In The Spider's Web" will finish fourth and fifth, respectively, each pulling in between $8-million and $8.5-million dollars.