Hello, movie fans. It’s great to be back together with you after our one-week hiatus. We have five movies to talk about today in the run-up to Thanksgiving. Our friends at Rotten Tomatoes are in a pretty good mood, so I can’t wait to see if we’re excited about the upcoming movies. How much can I not wait? Actually, Paula Cole said it best:
“I don’t wanna wait, for our lives to be over. I want to see right now what will it be.” (Shoutout to my favorite Dawson’s Creek devotee. Joey should have ended up with Dawson. I will not brook further discussion about that! Oh, and Hermione should have ended up with Harry, too! There, I said it.)
Where was I? I had a brief out-of-body experience, so I hope I didn’t say anything controversial. Oh, this week’s movies. Let’s get started.
This Week’s New Releases:
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”, rated PG-13 for some sequences of fantasy action. Little wonder that Harry and Hermione were on my mind. The legend of Pottermore continues with this, the second installment in the post-Potter Universe. Set 70 years before Harry was born, it is a prequel to Potter but a sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Does that make sense? I hope so because there will be a test later. This movie isn’t getting great buzz, but no one is saying that Rowling’s magic is wearing thin. It is possible, though, that this movie isn’t it’s greatest expression of that magic. The film stars Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone, Zoë Kravitz as Leta Lestrange, and Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein. Rotten Tomatoes 50, Gildshire 3.0.
“Widows”, rated R for violence, language throughout, and some sexual content/nudity. The 2017/18 television season included “The Good Girls,” a surprise hit about three women taking on the local criminal element to save the family fortunes. The entertainment world is nothing if not a copycat game, so “Widows” is not a surprise. In it, three women lose husbands only to find out that they were in the pockets of the mob. It stars Viola Davis as Veronica, Michelle Rodriguez as Linda, Elizabeth Debicki as Alice, and Cynthia Erivo as Belle. Rotten Tomatoes 92, Gildshire 3.8.
Gildshire Movie of the Fortnight:
“Green Book,” rated PG-13 for thematic content, language including racial epithets, smoking, some violence, and suggestive material. The titular publication was the book that told blacks where they were allowed to eat, stay, and void their bladders during the 1950s. The movie is about a black musician and his white driver traveling the Deep South during that time. Based on a true story it tells a tale that earns it Gildshire Movie of the Fortnight honors. It stars Viggo Mortensen as Tony Lip, Mahershala Ali as Dr. Don Shirley, Linda Cardellini as Dolores, and Sebastian Maniscalco as Johnny Venere. Rotten Tomatoes 89, Gildshire 4.5.
“A Private War,” rated R for disturbing violent images, language throughout, and brief sexuality/nudity. The extraordinary true story of one of the greatest war correspondents in history. Her name is Marie Colvin and she is a gangster in all the best definitions of the word, as she spoke truth to power and made it blink. Her personal life is a bit messier. The juxtaposition between the public and private Marie Colvin makes this a compelling movie. It stars Rosamund Pike as Marie Colvin, Jamie Dornan as Paul Conroy, Stanley Tucci as Tony Shaw, and Tom Hollander as Sean Ryan. Rotten Tomatoes 87, Gildshire 4.1.
Underrated Movie of the Week:
“Instant Family,” rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual material, language, and some drug references. The subject of parenting has been fodder for TV, movies, and stand-up since the first time Daddy’s little girl rolled her eyes and became a teenager. If this movie was just that, it could be good, without being compelling. This movie, though, takes a look at the world of foster care and foster adoption. Therefore, there’s more depth to this than one might imagine. It stars Mark Wahlberg as Pete, Rose Byrne as Ellie, Octavia Spencer as Karen, and Tig Notaro as Sharon. Rotten Tomatoes 72, Gildshire 4.0.
That’s all for this week, so enjoy the movies and the popcorn that makes them that much better. (Thank me later if I add caramel to your corn because it’s good that way.)