Hello again, movie fans. It’s time once again for that semi-weekly favorite that we like to call Gildshire Goes to the Movies. Today, the new releases for June 8-10 are in our sights but don’t forget about next weekend. Remember all of those times that Dad took you to a movie you wanted to see? Looking back, remember how soul-crushingly bored he was at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie? It’s time to pay him back with a movie night that he would enjoy. Either that or an Audi A4. Only you know which one Dad would like. Rotten Tomatoes has a full slate of new releases with scores, so let’s get right to it.
Oceans 8, Rated PG-13 for language, drug use, and some suggestive content. The “Oceans” franchise dates back to 1960 when The Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford for the youngsters in the crowd) smirked their way through a casino heist in Oceans 11. Since then, Ocean movies abound, carrying various number suffixes. Some of them have been pretty good (The Oceans 11 remake with George Clooney), but some of them have been forgettable (Oceans 12, also with George Clooney. Yes, it can get confusing.) Now, this star-powered female entry into the Oceans. It stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, and Helena Bonham Carter, along with Mindy Kaling and Rihanna. actually, it is a fresh take in the whole diamond heist genre and will stand among the better one in the “Ocean” canon. Rotten Tomatoes 75, Gildshire 4.0.
Hereditary, Rated R for horror violence, disturbing images, language, drug use and brief graphic nudity. If parents are being honest, there are moments when they wonder if the money and effort spent raising kids might not have been better spent in the pleasure end of a Venetian gondola. But, we keep such thoughts buried deep, DEEP, down. This movie brings those thoughts to horrific life in a terrifying film that will leave you hiding under the covers June 8-10 and for many nights thereafter. Toni Collette stars as a mother with no filter whatsoever, and the means to make it rain evil on her ungrateful children. It costars Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, and Ann Dowd. For those who want to wet their pants from fear, this is a five-star thriller. That isn’t how Gildshire rolls. Rotten Tomatoes 94, Gildshire 0.5.
Hotel Artemis, Rated R for violence and language throughout, some sexual references, and brief drug use. First-time filmmaker David Pearce debuts in this labyrinthian tale about one night in a rundown hotel. Apparently, “We have the right to refuse service to anyone” didn’t count at this place. There’s violence, victims, ne’er-do-wells and one nurse, overwhelmed by the task she made for herself. There’s a lot of meat on the bone, both literally and figuratively. It stars Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, and Jeff Goldblum. Rotten Tomatoes 70, Gildshire 3.3.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor, Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language. Fred Rogers brought peace, hope, and friendship to many generations of children as the eponymous host of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. His messages were simple, homespun…and perfect. In this documentary, we find out that he was absolutely as genuine as he appeared to be. That isn’t a spoiler. It’s a reason to see a movie this country needs right now in the worst way!. It would be a shame to miss out on being a part of the neighborhood one more time. Francois Clemmons, Yo-Yo Ma, and Joe Negri help tell the story. Rotten Tomatoes 98, Gildshire 4.6.
Hearts Beat Loud, Rated PG-13 for some drug references and brief language. Two feel-good movies in a row? What’s going on here? Veteran actor Nick Offerman and newcomer Kiersey Clemons star in this tale of Dad and daughter and the band they start together. The story is apt and the relationship between the two leads rings true, so this is the Gildshire Movie of the Fortnight Award-winning film for June 8-10. You know it must be good, because it edged out Fred Rogers, for heaven’s sake. It co-stars Ted Danson and Sasha Lane. Rotten Tomatoes 96, Gildshire 4.8.
That’s all for this week, so be sure to see at least one movie this weekend. I talked to your doctor and he said you’re a quart low on popcorn butter. We’ll see you in a couple of weeks. Until then, be someone’s neighbor. This country needs good neighbors.