Red Wanting Blue
Where/When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Goodyear Theater, Akron
Tickets: $35 and up at goodyeartheater.com
NOW IN THEATERS
2. "Welcome to Marwen"
3. "Second Act"
4. "Mary Queen of Scots"
5. "Ben is Back"
7. "Holmes and Watson"
Rumors are rampant that the fifth season of the ambitious sci-fi series "Black Mirror" will drop on Netflix this weekend.
For the uninitiated: "Black Mirror" is the creation of British writer/producer Charlie Brooker. It's set in the near future and riffs on various aspects of how technology pervades and invades our lives. It has drawn comparisons to "The Twilight Zone" because of its anthology format and its delicious twists. Although each episode is self-contained, it pays to watch them in order, so you'll notice all the many nods to previous episodes. Entire websites are devoted to cataloging these "Easter eggs."
We don't want to spoil anything ... but if you're getting into the series for the first time, be warned that the very first episode of season 1 is played for maximum shock value. Most of the others are, shall we say, more subtle. But it's definitely not for kids. (The season 4 opener is an absolutely brilliant take on sci-fi fanboy culture.)
What do we know? As usual, not much information has leaked about season 5. Miley Cyrus confirmed to Howard Stern that she appears in one episode. There are rumors of a "choose your own adventure" format. And the title of one episode, according to a now-deleted tweet, will carry the Lewis Carroll-inspired title "Bandersnatch."
TOPS AT THE BOX OFFICE
1. "Aquaman" 67.4 (new)
2. "Mary Poppins Returns" $22.2 (new)
3. "Bumblebee" $21.6 (new)
4. "Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse" $16.7 ($64.8 total)
5. "The Mule," $9.7 ($ 35.4 total))
(In millions; boxofficemojo.com)
"They Shall Not Grow Old"
Peter Jackson's documentary, containing vivid restorations of 100-year-old films from World War I, has been earning raves. The "Lord of the Rings" director applied his considerable technical knowledge to colorize and enhance the grainy old clips. It will be shown at 1 p.m. Thursday at cinemas including Regal Montrose in Copley, Regal Interstate Park in Akron and Regal Medina 16. Get tickets at fathomevents.com.
NEW ON NETFLIX
1. Instant Hotel
2. La noche de 12 años
3. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (Sunday)
4. The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man (Monday)
5. A Series of Unfortunate Events, Season 3 (Tuesday)
6. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (Tuesday)
ON THE COVER
Raise a glass to the New Year. [PHIL MASTURZO/BEACON JOURNAL/OHIO.COM]
— Lynne Sherwin