Well, the first month of the new year is in the books and the movies we have seen thus far give us hope for the future of filmmaking. Unlike in some years, box office is following quality rather than schlock. With that backdrop in mind, we’re excited to see what Feb. 2-4 offers to us. Rotten Tomatoes has four new releases with scores, and it is our job to agree, disagree or punt. Speaking of punting, be sure and look at our Food and Nutrition magazine for Super Bowl party ideas. Full service is the name of the game at Gildshire. For now, though, let’s dive into the movies that open this weekend. Our friends at R/T are a little bit meh about this week’s offerings. Let’s see if we can gin up any excitement.
A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantastica), Rated R for language, sexual content, nudity and a disturbing assault. A man and a woman fall in love, only to have him expire unexpectedly. The age difference between the two (20 years, or so) make his lady-friend a subject of suspicion and scorn. Is she completely innocent of wrongdoing, or is she mostly innocent? Some acclaimed filmmakers are behind this, and we’re trusting it (and them) enough to make it the Gildshire Movie of the Fortnight Award winner in a week without huge competition. It stars Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, and Aline Kuppenheim. Rotten Tomatoes 88, Gildshire 4.0
Bilal: A New Breed of Hero, Rated PG-13 for violence/warfare and some thematic elements. A thousand years ago a boy and his sister were abducted and taken to a violent land. This is their true story. With stylish cinematography throughout, this movie has the animation look and feel of “The Polar Express.” Some people are put off by that, but Gildshire enjoys it. It stars the voice talents of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jacob Lattimore, and Ian McShane. Rotten Tomatoes 50, Gildshire 3.1
Before We Vanish (Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha), Not Rated. There is nothing unusual about Dystopian themed movies. In this country, they are released every ten minutes. How many of them, though, are written by Japanese moviemaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Stylish and smart, this movie tells the story of the end of life as we know it. Will anyone notice that it’s happening until its too late? What’s…next? A cut above the gray-scaled Dystopian nonsense, this is one worth seeing. Starring the voice talents of Masami Nagasawa. Rotten Tomatoes 71, Gildshire 3.9
Braven, Rated R for violence and for language throughout including some sexual references. Charles Bronson and Liam Neeson have a new compatriot in Jason Momoa. This film has all of the ingredients needed for a nonstop violent night at the movies. A small child in peril? Check, and she is an adorable little lady to boot. Bad guys? The worst kind of drug criminals. Guns? More firepower than a banana republic. Bravery? Hello, Jason. “Braven” co-stars Garrett Dillahunt, Jill Wagner, and Brendan Fletcher. Rotten Tomatoes 62, Gildshire 3.0.
That’s it for this week, but we want to make mention of an animated movie that releases a day before we next visit. “Tehran Taboo” releases Feb. 14. It’s a fascinating look at the underbelly of Iranian society. It tells the tale of the layered lifestyle of Iran, which is fully and completely strict to Islam tenet on the surface, but another story entirely underneath. Gildshire recommends finding it because we know it will be worth your while.
Until next time, enjoy the Feb. 2-4 movies and the Big Game. Actually, you will find excellent seats and excellent prices Sunday afternoon. After all, wasn’t Super Bowl Sunday behind the invention of the DVR?
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