Hello again, movie fans. As the summer comes to a close, what can be better than a weekend full of movies? Labor Day Weekend is a fantastic movie weekend! Beat the heat, avoid the hurricane, and get drunk on popcorn butter and Milk Duds. We spoke to your doctor, and that was his recommendation as well.
(You might consider a new doctor.)
At any rate, Gildshire is pumped for the new release movies this week and hope you are as well. Let’s get straight to them.
Don’t Let Go (Relive), rated R for violence, bloody images, and language.
A father and daughter work together through time travel to solve the young lady’s murder before it takes place. The casting is excellent, and the suspense is real. Does it hold together until the end? That’s a good question. It stars David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Mykelti Williamson, and Alfred Molina. Rotten Tomatoes 52, Gildshire 3.3.
Official Secrets, rated R for language.
How many examples do we need that governments tell the truth when it serves their purposes to do so? That’s true here and true everywhere “government” means power and authority. In this true story, Keira Knightley plays a British agent who discovers that the run-up to the Iraq war was prosecuted under false pretenses. It co-stars Ralph Fiennes as Ben Emmerson, Matt Smith (XI) as Martin Bright, and Matthew Goode as Peter Beaumont. A good film that is also an important and true film is often the Gildshire Movie of the Fortnight. So it is again. Rotten Tomatoes 81, Gildshire 4.3.
The Load, not rated. (Serbian with English subtitles)
Movies and literature alike are at their best when the questions raised are not easily answered. Black and white are boring, while nuance carries with it thought and forks in the road. So it is with this film. The protagonist doesn’t want to know what is in his load, but he may have to find out after all. That’s where the action begins and unfolds through the front windshield of the truck. It stars Leon Lucev, Pavle Cemerikic, Tamara Krcunovic, and Ivan Lucev. Rotten Tomatoes 100, Gildshire 4.2.
Raise Hell, the Life and Times of Molly Ivins, not rated.
Molly Ivins is a journalist and editorialist who spoke truth to power for several decades. This documentary chronicles her journey from small-town Texas to a place where she became a national influencer with her incisive questions, a quick wit, and a sharp pen. A film about Molly Ivins needs no co-stars. Rotten Tomatoes 94, Gildshire 4.2.
Before You Know It, not rated.
In the normal order of things, parents act like adults, kids act like kids, and those in-between act out. It has ever been thus. What happens when Dad is less than mature, and Mom is presumed dead, but is alive and well, living in New York? It is left for an adult daughter to sort it all out. It stars Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock, Judith Light, and Mike Colter. Rotten Tomatoes 88, Gildshire 4.1.
That’s the Labor Day Weekend movie guide, and there are plenty of movies here with a rating of four stars or more. It must be fate that a three-day weekend and these good films coincide. Enjoy them all!