Hello again, movie fans! It’s Feb. 16-19, or President’s Day Weekend and Gildshire is thrilled to once again share our thoughts about the movies with you. You know, there is a long-held tradition of the Presidents and media. Everyone knows that President Reagan had a long career appearing in B-Movies. After all, who can forget the stirring drama in such classics as “Bedtime for Bonzo,” and “Cattle Queen of Montana.” However, did you know he wasn’t the only President to appear on-screen? Richard Nixon did a cameo on NBC’s “Laugh-In,” and President Trump appeared in “Ghosts Can’t Do It,” though he was playing himself in the role. Of course, Presidents and Presidential candidates make regular appearances on talk shows, hoping to humanize their image. So, what is on tap for Feb. 16-19? Is Rotten Tomatoes in a generous mood, or is the vegetable patch a little on the cranky side?
Black Panther, Rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (known as MCU) believes it has a winner on its hands in this one. It has been a much-anticipated arrival ever since it was announced. Black Panther first appeared in what is now known as “The Silver Age of Comic Books.” In B.P’s case that would be July of 1966 when he showed up alongside “The Fantastic Four.” Will the movie live up to the hype? Stars Chadwick Bozeman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira certainly hope that is the case. Rotten Tomatoes 97, Gildshire 4.1
Early Man, Rated PG for rude humor and some action. Lionsgate animation has a reputation among the animated-movie crowd. While the look doesn’t have the sharp edges of Pixar, the stories are sweet and funny. Those two words go a long way toward making an animated feature a winner. In this one, an innocent tribe of fun-loving cavefolk tries to get its valley back through winning a soccer match. The voice talents who make it come to audible life are Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, and Timothy Spall. Rotten Tomatoes 81, Gildshire 3.9
Samson, Rated PG-13 for violence and battle sequences. The story of Samson dates from the Biblical character of the same name. Chosen by God, he suffered the same fate as so many of his Scriptural peers. Namely, he was feared, reviled, and eventually brought down by power-mad foes. This movie tells the tale of anointment, love, and betrayal with Dolby Sound and CGI magic. It stars Jackson Rathbone, Billy Zane, Taylor James, and Caitlin Leahy. Rotten Tomatoes 20, Gildshire 3.5
The Party: Rated R for language and drug use. Black comedy seems to be out of favor these days and it is such a shame. Dialog-driven and farcical it is a beautiful art form. This movie appears to be an excellent example of black comedy and is the Gildshire Movie of the Fortnight Award winner by acclamation. Ah yes, you can have your fill of explosions and F/X. As for us, we will take an arched eyebrow over a martini glass, followed by an arch remark. That’s cinema at its story-telling best. This movie, filmed in elegant black and white to evoke depth, stars Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones and Emily Mortimer. Rotten Tomatoes 85, Gildshire 5.0.
Loveless, Rated R for strong sexuality, graphic nudity, language and a brief disturbing image. This Russian thriller tells a current story in a timeless way. A marriage gone awry comes to an end. The son is collateral damage and leaves. Where is he? Is he alive or has the unthinkable happened? What will become of Mom and Dad as they search for him? Each aspect could make its own movie, but they are all together in this fine film. You’ll have to look for it in your favorite art-house, but it will be worth the search…just like Alyosha. It stars Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvei Novakov, and Marina Vasilyeva. Rotten Tomatoes 93, Gildshire 4.7.
That’s it for Feb. 16-19. Two great choices, along with a blockbuster, a cartoon, and a historical epic. We could barely draw up a better weekend, even if someone gave us the chance. We will see you again in two weeks unless we see you first at the Movieplex. Don’t forget to butter that popcorn. Even a good movie can’t rescue butterless puffy corn. Ciao, for now.