Your Weekend Film Roundup: What to See (and Skip) in the Theatres

By Original-Cin Staff

So yeah, perhaps you’ve heard… Avengers: Endgame is here.

The 22nd film in the Marvel cinematic universe, $200-million-plus marketing budget, 13 major characters, six Infinity Stones, three hours and one minute running time? And our judge’s score is: Rating A. Reviewer Karen Gordon says the new movie weaves the narrative strands together deftly, doesn’t stint on action and keeps us invested in characters bound not just by time and gravity… but love.

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As a bonus, Bonnie Laufer talks to Marvel Pictures executive Victoria Alonso, who compares her job to chewing an elephant, and explains why Black Panther/Captain Marvel are her legacies.

The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (on now through May 5) is the biggest documentary event in North America (234 films!) so we unleashed our Original-Cin team of reviewers to bring you a collection of capsule reviews. We’ll be adding reviews throughout the festival so keep checking back.

In non-Avengers news, Liam Lacey reviews the Tribeca festival multiple-award-winner Diane (Rating: B+ and pictured above) with the extraordinary Mary Kay Place, in a drama about regrets and doing good. The Public (Rating: B-) features writer/director and star Emilio Estevez as a crusading librarian in the midst of a Cincinnati winter homeless crisis, which reviewer Kim Hughes calls it noble in spirit but middling in execution.

Finally, Thom Ernst talks to Canadian actress and writer/director, Valerie Buhagiar about her spiritual new film, It’s Hard to Be Human, and August Strindberg, God and limbo.

And of course, we have a podcast. An Easter-themed podcast! Just in time for Ukrainian Easter because… Ukraine! Play it while prepping cabbage rolls and coffee for Sunday night dinner.

Have a great weekend.