There are no reviews of either of these films on Metacritic or Rotten Tomatoes or MRQE.com.
Which suggests to me that they’re getting “premieres” Tuesday night in wherever, and the mass press showings for both are Wed.
Don’t hole me to this, as it may be my corner of The Happiest Place on Earth that is seeing them late.
What we’ve been told in the Big O is the studios have so much confidence in BOTH projects that they’re “previewing” them in name only — literally hours before their Thursday night openings. Both previewing Wed. PM.
So. Which to see? I have been leaning towards “Hotel Artemis” because it gives me this “John Wick” vibe. Remember the hotel Ian McShane owns and the debonair Lance Reddick runs? No, there’s no “John Wick” connection as this is sci-fi and dystopic but Jodie Foster doesn’t work much and she’s usually interesting to watch.
“Artemis” also stars Sterling K. Brown, Jeff Goldblum….OOooooooo…and Zachary Quinto and Jenny Slate.
And uh-oh, Charlie Day.
Previewing at exactly the same time is the Gary Ross distaff riff on Stephen Soderbergh’s “Oceans” caper comedies, “Ocean’s 8.”
Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway — THREE Oscar winners — and Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina and Helena Bonham Carter.
And Elliott Gould and — uh oh — James Corden.
Yes, Gary Ross did “Seabiscuit.” Make your own joke there, as I’m above it. I don’t know. Neither one looks like a sure thing. Which one will YOU see, or see first? Yeah, I’m polling the readership. My date for the screening will break the tie. Not sure which one she’s jonesing for.