Out This Week: 09 May 2019

The cute Pikachu, a killer superboy, a grown-up romcom, or a KJo product? We help you decide.

Ramadan Kareem everyone!

The month of Ramadan has been lining up with summer months for the last few years, thus the summer tentpoles are going to be coming out in what used to be traditionally a slow month at the multiplexes. This is especially true this week as big releases are coming back after a few weeks of staying out of the way of a little film by the name of Avengers: Endgame, so let’s see whether any of them can dethrone it from the top.

Pokemon Detective Pikachu

Directed by: Rob Letterman
With: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, and Ken Watanabe
What is it about: In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.
Heads Up: If any film this week has a shot on dethroning Endgame from the number #1 spot it would be this one. The Pokémon are beloved by generations of kids and adults, and this film is enjoying good buzz. I think it would be a fun and entertaining film for the whole family.

Long Shot

Directed by: Jonathan Levine
With: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael, and Bob Odenkirk
What is it about: When Fred Flarsky reunites with his first crush, one of the most influential women in the world, Charlotte Field, he charms her. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.
Heads Up: This is an R-Rated rom-com (mainly for language and themes) with two charismatic leads. The reviews are very strong, so if you are in the mood for a good romantic comedy, here’s your chance.


Directed by: David Yarovesky
With: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Matt Jones, and Jackson A. Dunn
What is it about: What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?
Heads Up: This sci-fi horror asks the question what would we do if the boy who grew up to be Superman instead turned out to be evil? It’s an intriguing premise, and for my money, this is the film I am most anticipating this weekend.

Student of The Year 2

Directed by: Punit Malhotra
With: Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria, Ananya Pandey
What is it about? The race to become the Student of the Year is back on! A story full of Friendship, Sportsmanship and Romance. Follow the struggles of Rohan as he fights to achieve his ultimate goal and win the Dignity Cup!
Heads Up? A sequel/remake/reboot of 2012’s Student of The Year. I had no interested in that Karan Johar directed first film and I have no interest in its sequel directed by his protege. Judging by their similar posters and synopsis, this one will only be more of the same, but if this is your thing, then by all means.

About Abdullah Y

Abdullah Y is based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He is an avid consumer of everything Pop Culture; movies, TV, music, photography, podcasts, and social media. He loves to travel and to share his experiences.