What to Watch this Weekend – May 18th Edition

This week it is really beginning to feel like the summer movie season. Three wide releases hit screens and those looking for something that is not The Avengers should not have a problem as all three will appeal to different audiences.

Say what you will about the quality of Michael Bay’s Transformers films but there is little denying that they were massive financial successes. As such, it is not surprising that toy manufacturer, Hasboro, would want to attempt to duplicate that success with another of their properties. What is surprising is that Hasboro thought their naval combat board game Battleship was the property that would be best able to mimic Transformers financial accolades. Starring Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, and pop-star Rihanna, Battleship looks to be a cross between Bay’s Transformers films and the video game Crysis 2. The film looks like a big dumb traditional action blockbuster. So if you are still looking for more high impact special effects sequences after The Avengers, Battleship might be your fix, just don’t hold your breath expecting anything quite as good.

Counter programming to Battleship (and The Avengers) comes in the form of two comedies Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest absurdity, The Dictator, and the atrociously titled, What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Both films appeal to different demographics, The Dictator hitting 18-35 year old males and Expecting hitting 18-35 year old females (my wife thinks it looks terrible and I couldn’t agree more). The Dictator however looks like it might have more wide range appeal. While early trailers built up the outright debauchery and crassness of The Dictator, the newest trailers tease at something more, which is why it is my pick of the week.

Do you have any plans for the weekend? Let us know in the comments.


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Author: Chris Scott View all posts by
Chris is the Reviews Editor here at Vagary as well as the co-host of The Perfectly Sane Show and the Movie Dudes podcast.He is long time gamer and film fan that also happens to be full of opinions and a desire to share them with others, even if you don't want to hear them.
  • I gotta admit, I want to see The Dictator as well.

  • Chris Scott

    I’m hoping to get out to see it either today or tomorrow. We’ll see.