Happy New Year, boys and girls! We want to begin with a question. What is better to do on New Year’s weekend, less than a week after seeing three movies Christmas Day? Why go to the movies, of course! Your friends at Gildshire love the movie experience like George Hamilton loves his sunlamp. (Look him up, kids.) We never grow tired of the big screen, the Milk Duds, and the reclining seats. Where were those when we were younger? “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” would rock from those babies!
New Year’s weekend has some high-quality fare and the folks at Rotten Tomatoes are in a pretty good mood. Are the movies that great, or are the R/T folks still working on the enhanced eggnog. We’re about to see as we go to the movies New Year’s weekend.
All the Money in the World, Rated R for language, some violence, disturbing images and brief drug content. This is, in part, the story of a man who, at the time, was richer than any single person had ever been. J. Paul Getty was an industrialist whose philosophy on money was, “More.” Getty’s grandson was kidnapped for ransom, and Getty refused to pay. This is the story of young Getty’s Mom, played by the superb Michelle Williams, and her efforts to get her son back. Gildshire loves this kind of story, and the cast is great. Right off the bat, this is the Gildshire Movie of the Fortnight. It also stars Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, and Charlie Plummer. Rotten Tomatoes 79, Gildshire 4.6.
Molly’s Game, Rated R for language, drug content, and some violence. Based on the true story of Olympic class skier Molly Bloom, this true story fairly crackles with high-stakes excitement. That makes sense because we’re talking stakes in the millions! Molly ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before her middle-of-the-night arrest. It stars Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, and Michael Cera. Rotten Tomatoes 80, Gildshire 4.4.
Phantom Thread, Rated R for language. The setting in Great Britain’s high-fashion world adds tone and texture to this story of a man with a tortured soul. Daniel Day-Lewis plays renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock. Resigned to a life as a bachelor, he meets a woman who inspires him. Can he get out of his own head long enough to be loved? At the end of the day, does she love him? Also starring Lesley Manville and Shirley Krieps. Rotten Tomatoes 90, Gildshire 4.1
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Rated R for language, some sexual content, and brief nudity. In a weekend where true stories are the stock-in-trade, this may be the most intriguing of the lot. In 1978, aging actress Gloria Grahame fell in love with a man half her age. Their star-crossed relationship took many twists and turns. Some were light-hearted, but others were darker. It stars Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, and Stephen Graham. Rotten Tomatoes 85, Gildshire 4.3
In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts), Rated R for some disturbing images, drug use, and language including sexual references. Diane Kruger is one of our favorite actors and she tears it up in this movie. She plays a loving wife and mother, whose family becomes a subject of terrorist-type violence. Kruger’s character transforms into an iron-spined woman on a mission. The movie co-stars Denis Moschitto, along with Johannes Krisch, and Ulrich Tukur. It is in German with English subtitles. Rotten Tomatoes 61, Gildshire 3.9.
That’s all for this week, but be sure to join us every couple of weeks during 2018. We discuss the movies, while we have some fun. In this age of movie-watching on one’s phone, we prefer the communal experience of the silver screen and a hundred or more patrons, all together for one purpose. That’s what is meant by “going to the movies.” It’s an experience that far outruns the movie itself.
So, join us at a Regal Cinema New Year’s weekend, won’t you? You buy the popcorn and we’ll pay for the extra butter. Is there a better deal than that?