Hello, once again, on the cusp of the weekend. Your favorite movie previewer (if I’m not don’t tell me, because my mother reads this page.) back again to share thoughts, impressions, and impulses as we approach the new releases for the week. It is a pretty strong lineup, and a full one at that, so Gildshire at the Movies is ready to go with nary a tarry in our step.
Ford versus Ferrari, rated PG-13 for some language and peril.
The most highly advertised movie of the week tops our list of (mostly) well-regarded films. This is based on the true story about Carroll Shelby (of Ford fame, played by Matt Damon) and what happened when he grew sick and tired of losing to Ferrari. This is a no-brainer for car guys and girls. But it has a surprising amount of human drama and heart to satisfy the general public. It co-stars Christian Bale as Ken Miles, Jon Bernthal as Lee Iacocca, and Caitriona Balfe as Mollie Miles. Rotten Tomatoes 91, Gildshire 4.6.
Charlie’s Angels rated PG-13 for action/violence, language, and some suggestive material.
If you think you saw another rendition of Charlie’s Angels not long ago, you are correct, but this one has a couple of twists. The first “Angels” movie directed by a woman, suggests there are teams of Angels around the world who answer to their own Charlie and save the day. Elizabeth Banks held the director’s megaphone and put a good action/adventure movie on the screen. Too many Charlies, in too short of a time? Perhaps, but a worthy effort nonetheless. It stars Kristen Stewart as Sabina Wilson, Naomi Scott as Elena Houghlin, Ella Balinska as Jane Kano, and Elizabeth Banks as Boz. Rotten Tomatoes 59, Gildshire 3.6.
The Good Liar rated R for some strong violence, and for language and brief nudity.
It is a rare pleasure to see such accomplished artists as Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren in the same show, playing off each other’s cues. That’s why we are going to overrate this movie per its Rotten Tomatoes score. It’s a con man versus a mark that is his equal at every turn. Imagine if “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” had been a straight drama, with Sir Laurence Olivier in a lead role. What a thought! This movie co-stars Russell Tovey as Steven, and Jim Carter (of Downton Abbey fame) as Vincent. Rotten Tomatoes 61, Gildshire 4.4.
Honey Boy rated R for pervasive language, some sexual material, and drug use.
In perhaps the bravest movie of the year, Shia Labeouf plays a stylized version of his own father in this semi-autobiographical movie about Leboeuf’s own upbringing on the way to Hollywood. There is love here, but also pain and casual cruelty…just like most of our childhoods. In the closest contest in months, we award Honey Boy the Gildshire Movie of the Fortnight. It co-stars Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, Noah Jupe as Young Otis, and FKA twigs as Shy Girl. Rotten Tomatoes 93, Gildshire 4.7.
That’s it for today, so be sure and join us in thirteen days, one day sooner than normal. That’s the day we will discuss the movies to see over the long Thanksgiving weekend. Until then, find a theater that sells JuJubes and enjoy a box for Gildshire at the Movies.