Mei Mei, Tigress, Animated Characters at the Kung Fu Panda 3 Premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater on January 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA
Hello again, movie fans! By now you have probably noticed that Gildshire’s Movie Guide is new and improved. To go along with the great changes coming to Gildshire generally, the movie guide is now called “Gildshire Goes to the Movies” along with the applicable date. Because who doesn’t want to go to the movies all weekend long?
This weekend, three movies are opening with Rotten Tomatoes numbers attached. One cartoon sequel, one action/adventure, and one true-life adventure awaits your viewing pleasure. How much pleasure? R/T likes two out of three. Gildshire might be in an even better mood. Shall we step inside the velvet ropes and see? Let’s do it!
Kung Fu Panda 3: Stars (the voices of) Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson, and Bryan Cranston. The KFP franchise has earned over $200 million worldwide, and this one is supposed to be “the biggest one yet!” At least, that’s what the movie publicity people tell us. The wonder and newness of any series begins to fade after a couple of entries. So, the action gets bigger and the noises louder. Through it all, Kung Fu Panda stays fluffy and fun. Rotten Tomatoes 81, Gildshire 3.8
Chris Pine at the The Finest Hours World Premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX on January 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA
The Finest Hours: Stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Casey Affleck, and Eric Bana. In 1952, off the coast of New England, a tanker ship encountered grave danger. The Coast Guard went on what many considered a suicide mission to try to save the troubled vessel. Disney Films has always done well with heroic men and missions. That history, and our enjoyment of true-life stories, causes Gildshire to out-score Rotten Tomatoes for this one. Rotten Tomatoes 47, Gildshire 4.0
Lazer Team: Stars Alan Ritchson, Colton Dunn, Gavin Free and Burnie Burns. Gildshire apologizes in advance to those who take space films seriously. For many of us, science fiction has always been most-easily digested when sprinkled with liberal doses of humor and spoof. Lazer Team understands and offers up sci-fi explosions and some broad (in every possible understanding of the word) humor. If it took itself too seriously we would pass. Instead, Movie of the Week honors bestowed forthwith. Rotten Tomatoes 72. Gildshire 4.2.
Enjoy the movies. Join us next month for another trip to the Multiplex, and our Gildshire Goes to the Movies Academy Award Edition.
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