Good day once again to movie lovers around the world. Gildshire at the Movies: Dec. 13-15, is your handy one-stop guide to the best that Hollywood has to offer for new releases this weekend. We’re glad you stopped by. This is Gildshire’s favorite bi-weekly feature, according to a survey asking mostly my family members, and those for whom I buy gifts. Be that as it may, here are the movies we have for this week.
“Jumanji: The Next Level” rated PG-13 for adventure action, suggestive content, and some language.
Movie series based on games have a trait in common. As they advance through the series, they use much of what came before, adding just enough to keep the content fresh. It works for devotees, and there are enough of those to make this a successful venture, at least commercially. It stars Dwayne Johnson as Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Jack Black as Dr. Shelly Oberon, Kevin Hart as Mouse Finbar, and Karen Gillan as Ruby Roundhouse. Rotten Tomatoes 68, Gildshire 3.0.
“Richard Jewell” rated R for language, including some sexual references, and brief, bloody images.
The 1996 Olympic Games featured great athletes, breaking records. Very few people remember any of them, because of the bombing in Centennial Park at the beginning of the competition. This movie is based on the true story of one man, accused of the crime. It is the best Clint Eastwood movie in decades and is worthy of the Gildshire Movie of the Fortnight Award. It stars Sam Rockwell as Watson Bryant, Kathy Bates as Bobi Jewell, Jon Hamm as Tom Shaw, Olivia Wilde as Kathy Scruggs, and Paul Walter Hauser as Richard Jewell. Rotten Tomatoes 76, Gildshire 4.5.
“Black Christmas,” rated PG-13 for violence, terror, thematic content involving sexual assault, language, sexual material, and drinking.
As surely as the holly, jolly, decks the halls, someone releases a slasher movie. In this one, a group of college coeds (naturally) get hunted down and slaughtered by a hooded madman. (I think it’s a chemistry teacher, because I never trusted their periodic table. It mocked me.) This one stars Imogen Poots as Riley Stone, Aleyse Shannon as Kris, Lily Donoghue as Marty, and Brittany O’Grady as Jesse. Rotten Tomatoes 43, Gildshire 0.1.
“Uncut Gems,” rated R for pervasive strong language, violence, some sexual content, and brief drug use.
Adam Sandler in a thriller. I must have been asleep for a decade because my last theatrical memory of Sandler was as the titular character in “The Waterboy.” In this one, Sandler is a jeweler that tries to balance his high-stakes business with his personal life. It is worth giving Adam Sandler a fresh look. It costars Julia Fox, Eric Bogosian, and LaKeith Stanfield. Rotten Tomatoes 93, Gildshire 4.0.
“Bombshell,” rated R for sexual material and language throughout.
In just a few years, Fox News became the world’s most powerful influencer. It changed the course of history with its single-minded yen to turn this nation to the right. Only later were we to find out that it was headed by a predator of young and beautiful women. This is the story of that man and the empire he built. It is also the story of his downfall. We did not honor it with this week’s Movie of the Fortnight, but it is a “should see” for the caution in it’s telling. It stars Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, Margot Robbie as Kayla Pospisil, and John Lithgow as Roger Ailes. Rotten Tomatoes 63, Gildshire 4.4.
Those are the Gildshire at the Movies new releases for this time around. Join us in two weeks minus one day when we talk about the three movies we will see on Christmas Day. Until then, enjoy the flickering pictures and enjoy the chocolate Flicks.That is, if your concession stand is cool enough to sell them.