Not every opening weekend looks like this opening weekend. As the massively successful opening for “Jurassic World” made clear, sometimes one big new release can overwhelm everything else. But if you look closer at the movies opening this weekend you’ll find a surprisingly large and varied list of strong possibilities — from Pixar’s “Inside Out” to the sign language drama “The Tribe” to the Sundance hits “Dope,” “The Overnight” and “Infinitely Polar Bear.”
Of course, if you’re keeping track of movie news, none of these titles are entirely fresh. Neither was another Sundance premiere that came to New York this week, as “The End of the Tour” opened Brooklyn’s BAMCinemaFest on Wednesday. James Ponesoldt’s portrait of journalist David Lipsky’s brief encounter with David Foster Wallace just a few years before the acclaimed writer’s suicide. The two men are portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel in performances that have been garnering raves since the Park City gathering in January, but with several weeks to go until the movie hits theaters, it continues to build anticipation.
As usual, it’s hard to tell which of these movies will continue to be part of the national conversation as awards season gathers steam and a whole new crop of titles show up in time for the fall. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, deputy editor and chief film critic Eric Kohn joins Thompson on Hollywood’s Anne Thompson to review all of these titles and consider their merits in light of better-known films — ahem, “Jurassic World” — already in theaters.
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