Opening 3-5-2020 in Theaters: Onward, The Way Back, First Cow

Wednesday! Week #10 of 2020 (3/5-3/8/2020).

This week we get an animated treat from Pixar involving a search for the top half of their father so they can spend one day with him, a basketball coach tries to rehabilitate his drinking problem and his team, and a movie about — and don’t have one (who knows where that comes from: “Don’t have a cow, man.”?) — a cow.

Yes, a cow.

But, first, let’s go …


Onward official trailer #1
Onward official trailer #2

First and foremost we want to be entertained and Pixar has a proven track record of producing entertaining films. The story here seems quirky and offbeat, but not cliched. Looking very forward to watching this one.

Anticipation for Onward: 7/10

The Way Back

The Way Back official trailer #1
The Way Back official trailer #2

Ben Affleck has been in some good movies and he’s got the acting chops, but this alcoholic former basketball player turned coach story could go either way for me. It doesn’t look like the team is going to have the personality or comedy of The Bad News Bears and this doesn’t seem like Hoosiers either.

Anticipation for The Way Back: 5/10

First Cow

When I wrote the COMING SOON for this movie, my anticipation was 0/10. I find the whole idea of watching a movie about a cow similar to watching paint dry, however, I’ve been wrong about movies I’ve expected to strongly dislike, so I’m bumping my anticipation up from zero to one. Surprise me, cow. MOoove me. Yeah, yeah, stop throwing the rotten banana peels.

Anticipation for First Cow: 1/10

ANTICIPATION for Week #10: 3/5/20 MOVIES

How much on scale of 1-10 anticipating the 3-5-2020 movies?

  1. Onward – 7/10
  2. The Way Back – 5/10
  3. First Cow – 1/10

Are there screenings in our area to see these movies?

We’re going to be in Las Vegas this week, not our home area, so we’ll be checking out screenings there. We’re planning on seeing Onward in 4DX + 3D and The Way Back in standard 2D format, but have not found if First Cow is playing anywhere nearby. At least two of the three will be watched, rated and reviewed.


No bovine BS. This movie appears to have moo-ved from LIMITED release to a wide release.

At least that’s what Box Office Mojo shows, Movie Insider — the other service I refer to — says it is still a limited release. I checked out the Regal Cinemas website and there are currently no showings for it locally in our area, so maybe Movie Insider is accurate.

A24 gives us unique premise movies, I’ll concede that. Remember that Adam Sandler movie, Uncut Gems? Sandler was great in that frenetic thriller.

Just check out that spellbinding (!) box art. It’s a cow on a boat in the middle of a lake.

Yes A24 has queued up a cow film called First Cow and wants to milk our interest. I first talked about this here: 9 Movies COMING TO THEATERS in March 2020 — laughing somewhat uncontrollably at the trailer. Here, watch this:

First Cow official trailer

Still laughing here at that trailer. Maybe it’s a serious period piece on a cow, but it spells comedy gold to me.

First Cow is opening in theaters on March 6, 2020.