Welcome to What to Watch This Weekend™, a weekly post in which I tell you what to watch this weekend! I will continue doing this post until you have watched everything you should watch.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World—The first How to Train Your Dragon was great! The second one existed, and I vaguely remember seeing it! This final one is fine, I guess! I might gotten a little emotional at the end. (Now playing, various theaters)
A Night at the Garden—Earlier this week, the always excellent On the Media released their interview with Marshall Curry, the director of the Oscar-nominated, six-minute-long film A Night at the Garden. The podcast is a must-listen, and if you're in for a good six minutes of being utterly terrified about America's past, present, and future, the film's available online.
Do the Right Thing—Spike Lee's back in critics' good graces with BlacKkKlansman, but his best still might be this roiling, thrumming classic from 1989. (Fri Feb 22-Thurs Feb 28, Academy Theater)
Fighting with My Family—A comedy biopic about WWE wrestler Paige, co-starring the Rock and Queen Cersei, and directed by Stephen Merchant, one of the creators of the original The Office. There's... a lot going on here. (Now playing, various theaters)
Oregon's Black Pioneers—OPB's Oregon Experience examines the large role Black explorers, farmers, trappers, and merchants had in shaping the state's future, despite the sheer number of white settlers who tried to force them out. (Mon Feb 25, OBP)
Police Story 2—I mean, it's no Police Story, and the running themes are basically (A) Jackie Chan is a real a dick to his girlfriend, and (B) Jackie Chan's Uncle Bill (Bill Tung) farts in elevators and has diarrhea. (Ah! Cinema!) But the big finale—in which a blisteringly fast Jackie Chan beats the shit out of a bunch of jerks in a goddamn fireworks factory—is phenomenal. (Fri Feb 22, Hollywood Theatre)
You've got even more options at The 23 Best Movies and Shows to Watch in Portland: Feb 15-28, and here are the Mercury's movie times. Oh, and speaking of Police Story 2:
At this point, it should be common sense:
Never let Jackie Chan into your fireworks factory.
But don't forget:
Also never let Jackie Chan into your restaurant.