Photo Associated Press: From left, Tom Hardy, George Miller, Sandy Gore, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Doug Mitchell and Courtney Eaton arrive for the screening of the film Mad Max: Fury Road at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 14, 2015.
Hello, Moviephiles. In this week’s installment, we find two much-anticipated sequels (how often does that happen?) and three other new releases, all receiving high marks from those curmudgeonly types over at Rotten Tomatoes. It’s a giddy weekend for fans of the Silver Screen!
Our ratings have been compiled through hours of discussion at Gildshire headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland of movie type, genre, and historical significance. Then we chose what we thought you would like to see.
Zurich is pretty sweet, though.
Pitch Perfect 2: The original PP was a surprise hit when it came to theaters in 2012. It made a mainstream star of Anna Kendrick and a comedic one of Rebel Wilson. The second installment has the collegiate a capella artists taking on the singing versions of Rocky’s Ivan Drago in the “World Championships.” Don’t worry too much about any of that. The plot is fun, the girls are talented and the trailer made Gildshire laugh out loud twice. Rotten Tomatoes 70 Gildshire 4.5
Mad Max: Fury Road: Mel Gibson barged onto the American screen in 1979’s “Mad Max” Mel was after the last drop of oil on Earth. 36 years later, water is the substance in short supply. Charlize Theron is packin’ a powerful thirst. Fury Road refreshingly uses females in many of the key roles, including a few Grandmas, who did their own stunts. Good, dirty, dusty fun. Rotten Tomatoes 99! Gildshire 4.4
Good Kill: The movie states “Drone warfare isn’t the future of war. It is the here and now of war.” That statement makes this movie as timely as any we are going to see all year. Ethan Hawke and Mad Men’s January Jones play a typical married couple…if the typical male half goes to an air-conditioned Las Vegas cubicle and kills Taliban by remote control. Gripping action, and some questions about what makes a war just. Rotten Tomatoes 74 Gildshire 4.7
Slow West: A Scotsman named Jay Cavendish travels the Western frontier in search of the wife he lost. Why he lost her is a matter to be discovered over the course of this stylized Western. Michael Fassbender (Jay) is the movie’s only major star. It looks like a might-see for movie fans in general, and a must-see for particular fans of the genre. Rotten Tomatoes 90 Gildshire 3.8
I’ll See You in My Dreams: Blythe Danner classes up the screen in a wispy tale of a retired teacher named Claire, lost in a world of light pleasures. She likes to garden, play cards and remember her life. Then along comes Sam Elliot (think “Coors, the banquet beer”, and you have the right guy’s voice), and Claire’s horizons open. A very solid supporting cast includes June Squibb, Mary Kay Place, and Rhea Perlman. Rotten Tomatoes 95 Gildshire 4.25