Happy Weekend Eve, movie lovers. In this week’s episode, Gildshire examines what it means to be human, and what it means to be a child in a time of war. We look at the very essence of aging, as well as the very essence of being a parent suffering loss. Finally, we examine what makes a good comedy, and whether a good one is on our weekend radar.
So, in the words of Chicago White Sox announcer Ken Harrelson, strap it down and settle in. Welcome to the Gildshire movie guide for the last weekend in the month of April showers.
Ex Machina: Artificial intelligence (or A.I) has been the subject of fascinated sci-fi fans forever. Where is the line between human and…something else? In Ex Machina, the A.I. is packaged in a particularly fetching shell. The possibilities boggle the mind. Rotten Tomatoes 88, Gildation 4.1
The Age of Adaline: Blake Lively has come into her own as an adult actor. In “The Age of Adaline” she plays a woman trapped (or blessed, depending on your point of view) at 28 years old. A solid cast including Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn raises the grade for this one. Rotten Tomatoes 55, Gildation 4.0
Little Boy: Another in a string of faith-based films to have come to fruition in the last few years. Some of them work. Some don’t. What they have in common is an earnestness that can get in the way of entertainment. It is so important to the filmmaker his audience GET THE MESSAGE the film is often presented in the same capital letters. RT doesn’t like “Little Boy.” We think RT is being a little rough on it and we like Emma Watson. She plays the little fella’s Mom. Rotten Tomatoes 11, Gildation 3.4
The Water Diviner: Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson have one thing in common. Neither will ever be found in a light Adam Sandler-esque comedy. Crowe and Neeson will, by signing their names on a movie deal, kick ass and put the “drama” in dramatic. It is an eternal cinematic truth. In “The Water Diviner” Crowe looks for his sons in the aftermath of the World War I Battle of Gallipoli. Gildshire is a sucker for family reunification. Rotten Tomatoes 64, Gildation 4.5
Adult Beginners: The descriptive phrase “young hipster entrepreneur” means something different to everyone. To Gildshire, it whispers “seen this one before.” And we have. A hair-gelled fish out of water, too cool for school and way to cool for children, becomes a child-care failure/success. There will be funny moments. They will be too infrequent. Rotten Tomatoes 45, Gildation 2.0
This weekend, enjoy the spectacle, that is a night at the movies. Have a box of Milk Duds, butter your popcorn, slurp a big ole’ Coke and think of your friends at Gidshire. We may be right there beside you.
Photo Blake Lively: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
Photo Harrison Ford: Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com