Hello, movie fans. First off, we must ask your forgiveness and indulgence for being a day late. Normally, Gildshire Magazines Goes to the Movies appears every other Wednesday afternoon, but yesterday something special happened. We were given the plum assignment of previewing one of the most important volleyball tournaments of the year. It is the AVP Gold Series/Manhattan Beach Open and it takes place Aug. 17-20. So, here’s the plan. This weekend, plan to attend wall to wall movies. Matinees, evening features, midnight movies, and breakfast films. Next weekend, volleyball. Think of us as social directors and life coaches.
Writing our Gildshire Magazines Goes to the Movies column on Thursday does give us an extra movie to examine. A full five films have Rotten Tomatoes scores and we call that a Thanksgiving table type bounty. Are they all great movies? Are a few of them definitely worth your time and money? That’s why we call this Gildshire Magazines Goes to the Movies. If we weren’t sure you would be entertained we would call it Gildshire Magazines Goes to the Laundromat. Let’s get straight to them, shall we?
Annabelle: Creation: Rated R for horror violence and terror. We understand that there is a certain segment of the movie-going public that likes horror and terror, and that’s ok. Some classic movies have included one or both elements. However, violence and horror that includes Satanic elements and children in peril will never land on Gildshire’s radar. Sorry about that. Annabelle: Creation stars Stephanie Sigman. Talitha Bateman, LuLu Wilson, and Philippa Coulthard. Rotten Tomatoes 70, Gildshire 0.0
The Glass Castle: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving family dysfunction, and for some language and smoking. This movie is based on a best-selling memoir by Jeannette Walls, who, apparently, had a most interesting childhood.
What she learned and how she turned it into a successful adulthood is the basis for the film. Average ratings by others, but lots of our favorite stars turn into a pretty good score for us. It stars Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts and Sarah Snook. Rotten Tomatoes 49, Gildshire 3.9
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature: Rated PG for action and some rude humor. The first Nut Job movie did fair box office in spite of less-than-great critical response. In this iteration expect to see small animals versus large and heartless humans, but it goes deeper than that. The humans in this movie seem to have a particularly virulent mean streak. Frankly, they resemble politicians. This second round of nuts stars Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, and Jackie Chan. Rotten Tomatoes 20, Gildshire 2.4
Ingrid Goes West: Rated R for language throughout, drug use, some sexual content and disturbing behavior. (If disturbing behavior gets a movie an R rating then, probably the MPAA shouldn’t come to my family for Christmas morning.) Ingrid Goes West is a revenge movie with a comedy bent, or, on the other hand, it is a comedy with a twisted and vengeful bent. In either case, it rises above the usual plain teen girl versus popular girl genre. It stars Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Wyatt Russell, also garnering the Gildshire Movie of the Fortnight Award. Rotten Tomatoes 85, Gildshire 4.2
Good Time: Rated R for language throughout, violence, drug use and sexual content. Robert Pattinson (of Twilight fame) attempts to free his brother from prison over the course of one harrowing night. His efforts, brave and true, fall short one after another. The audience sees the clock ticking, and root Pattinson on. At least, that’s the premise of Good Time, except that words can’t describe the pace of the movie. In addition to Pattinson, the movie stars Ben Safdie, Barkhad Abdi, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Rotten Tomatoes 90, Gildshire 3.9.
That’s all for this week, but stay tuned in future weeks as the studios roll out the films they think are Oscar worthy. Autumn is the season of dropping leaves, as well as some of the best movies of the year, dropped in our lap. We’ll see you just before the lights go down, and just before the first trailer rolls. Isn’t that just the best time to be alive? Yeah, we think so too. See you there, and the popcorn is on us.
(Don’t forget to join us for volleyball Aug. 17-20. Gildshire Magazines Goes to the Movies is nothing if not well-rounded.)