Hello again, movie fans, wherever you may be. For our friends out west, welcome back to warmer weather and sunnier skies. For the rest of you, put another blanket over your legs and let’s talk movies. This may be winter’s last stand, but she intends to make it a memorable one. It’s a good thing you have plenty of hot chocolate. So, put some extra mini-marshmallows in Gildshire’s, and we’ll get started on the new releases coming to (heated) theaters near you. Rotten Tomatoes has only three movies with scores this week, but there is quality present, and that’s what matters.
How to Train Your Dragon, rated PG for adventure, action, and some mild rude humor.
The third film in a trilogy is the red-headed stepchild of the movie business. A series opens with dynamic storylines and character development, and the sequel can be a hit, as well. The third one feels more like a money grab than a movie that needs to be made. Interestingly enough, though, this third entry in the “How to Train…” trilogy may be the best of the lot. It stars the voice talents of Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, America Ferrera as Astrid, Cate Blanchett as Valka, and Kit Harrington as Eret. Rotten Tomatoes 92, Gildshire 4.0.
Fighting With My Family, rated PG-13 for crude and sexual material, language throughout, some violence and drug content.
Based on the true story of “Paige,” (you know you’ve made it when you’re a one-name star) this is the rarest of movies in that it comes with heart and dropkicks to the groin. Our heroine battles through hardship and heartache, but brings home a championship belt before all is said and done. Gildshire is a sucker for true stories and crotch-kicks in equal measure. Florence Pugh, as “Paige” terrifies us, as well. Please don’t hurt us. For both reasons, we give this film the Movie of the Fortnight award. It costars Dwayne Johnson as himself, Jack Lowden as Zak Knight, and Stephen Merchant, as Hugh. Rotten Tomatoes 93, Gildshire 4.3.
The Changeover, not rated.
The setting is wrecked Christchurch New Zealand for this thriller about a young woman who takes on supernatural beings to save her brother from being subsumed by the monster that demolished Christchurch. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Erana Chant, as Laura James, takes those sentiments to heart in this battle to the end. The film costars Timothy Spall as Carmody Braque, Melanie Lynskey as Kate Chant, and Lucy Lawless as Miryam Carlisle. Rotten Tomatoes 82, Gildshire 3.0.
That’s it for this week, so keep your loved ones, and your hot chocolate money close at hand this weekend. You’ll need both for warmth and comfort. If you happen to see Gildshire at the movies, give us a shout and your concessions are on us. That is if your concessions include Milk Duds or Junior Mints. We have our standards. Until two weeks from now, ciao. Enjoy the movies. Tip your server.