Hello again, lovers of all things cinematic! Today, Gildshire’s Arts and Entertainment entity opens the curtain on movies premiering March 2-4. There are four new releases this week with Rotten Tomatoes scores. We were waiting on a score for “Death Wish” because it is opening so soon. However, none is forthcoming. It’s entirely possible Bruce Willis killed the reviewer…and ate him. At any rate, away we go on the March 2-4 slate of movies.
There is an awful lot of drama opening this first weekend in March Don’t the movie makers know that spring is just around the corner? Apparently not, because it’s a serious kind of weekend. In spite of that, Rotten Tomatoes is in a relatively good mood, this week. Shall we see if we are in an equally generous mood?
Red Sparrow, rated R for strong violence, torture, sexual content, language and some graphic nudity. The previews and the buzz surrounding this movie make it a much-anticipated spy thriller. Its premise is timely given the tone of international relations. Reviews, however, are mixed to put it kindly. We’re going to go with our gut here and recommend it. Jennifer Lawrence is a quality actress, and it will be good to see her in a more adult role. Red Sparrow also stars Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenearts, and Charlotte Rampling. Jeremy Irons makes a meaningful contribution, as well. Rotten Tomatoes 52, Gildshire 4.1.
Dance Academy: The Comeback, not rated. This movie-length version of an Australian TV show follows the fate of former ballet student Tara Webster. She’s the Next Big Thing in Aussie ballet until her meteoric rise is cut down by a terrible accident. Does she make it back to prominence and stardom? Um…the title. Beyond the obvious, though, this is a well-crafted piece of cinematic art that is garnering great reviews around the world. It stars Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit, Dena Kaplan, and Jordan Rodrigues. Rotten Tomatoes 100, Gildshire 4.0.
Foxtrot, rated R for some sexual content including graphic images, and brief drug use. It is hard to know what to say about this movie. Therein, lies some of its fascination. On one level, it is a tragedy of young death. On another, it’s a military thriller/satire. However, on a third level, it’s dancing. The last movie to put together those three elements was, well, there hasn’t ever been one. Gildshire Goes to the Movies finds it irresistible. Foxtrot is a multiple winner at film festivals around the globe. “Envelope, please? Just as we suspected.” It receives that most coveted of all prizes, the Gildshire Movie of the Fortnight Award. Foxtrot stars Leor Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonaton Shiray, and Dekel Adin. Rotten Tomatoes 98, Gildshire 4.8.
Goldstone, not rated. The Australian Outback is made up of some of the most independent characters you will ever run across. Hard-bitten and territorial, they make cattlemen and sheep ranchers on the Old West look downright hospitable. Into this bleak and sullen environment comes Detective Jay Swan. He’s on a simple missing person’s case but ends up on the wrong end of an old feud and a shiny pistol, surrounded by some of Creation’s most forbidding scenery. Will the local authorities help out? Actually, the local authorities may be the baddest of the bad. No Crocodile Dundee, this one. But, a compelling drama nonetheless, mate! Goldstone stars Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell, Jacki Weaver, along with Pei-pei Cheng. Rotten Tomatoes 79, Gildshire 4.4.
That’s all for this week. If you go to the Cineplex this weekend, look for us. We will be the ones showing up in the stretch limo Uber. Say, “Hey Gildshire!” and your KitKats are on us.
For those who are staying in and having an Oscar Party this Sunday, we have four words (and a math symbol) for you, as well. Three Billboards>River Boy.
Back in two weeks, but until then, enjoy the March 2-4 shows!