Hello again, movie fans and welcome to another edition of Gildshire Goes to the Movies. Nov. 17-19 isn’t traditionally a great weekend for movies, as the theaters hold out some of their big guns for Thanksgiving weekend. That said, there are some intriguing films on display this week. Rotten Tomatoes is in a relatively good mood, though they do hold one blockbuster’s feet to the fire. It can handle it, though, since it has superpowers. Shall we see what’s on tap for this week? Let’s do this thing, movie lovers!
Justice League: Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action. In the trailer for Justice League, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman says, “They said the age of superheroes was over.” That made me laugh out loud. Regular readers of Gildshire Goes to the Movies knows that a new superhero movie is released about every ten minutes. The S.H.s run together in my mind. Is Aquaman friends with Superman and do The Torch and Mr. Freeze cancel each other out? What is Spiderman’s relationship with Iron Man? Oy, the mind reels with the pounding score that accompanies every one of these movies. This one stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Amy Adams (so there is that) along with the aforementioned Ms. Gadot. Rotten Tomatoes 40, Gildshire 2.9
Wonder: Rated PG for thematic elements including bullying, and some mild language. Once a generation or so, a heartwarming true story makes it to the big screen and raises the stock price on Kleenex. The last big one was “Mask.” Thirty-two years have passed since that movie was released, so we are overdue for another. This movie is the Chosen One. Starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, and Izabela Vidovic, it shares the story of a boy with a disfigured face who helps the people in his life toward learning what hope, determination, and grace looks like underneath. Rotten Tomatoes 83, Gildshire 4.0
Star: Rated PG for some thematic elements. The Christmas season will entertain us with classic films. Only occasionally, does something new in Holiday entertainment hit the radar. This one might, however. Cleverly released Nov. 17-19 to beat the Christmas movie season, it tells the animated story of three animals and their efforts to get the Christ child on his way, safely. Starring the voice talents of Steven Yeun, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, and Keegan Michael Key, it could become a Holiday staple for people of faith. Rotten Tomatoes 75, Gildshire 4.1
Mudbound: Rated R for some disturbing violence, brief language, and nudity. The American experience vis a vis people of color and their heroic service in the Armed Forces is a checkered and uncomfortable one indeed. Too many soldiers came home to rank prejudice after discovering equality in the trenches. Some of them weren’t willing to let the status quo be their reality. Mudbound tells the story of a man, raised with the smell of Southern soil in his nostrils, who went to war. Then he struggled with life back home. In a week where “Wonder” or “Star” could have been Nov. 17-19 Gildshire Movie of the Fortnight Award winners, Mudbound gets the nod. The other two movies are good choices, while Mudbound ought to be seen. It stars Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Mary J. Blige, and Rob Morgan. Rotten Tomatoes 98, Gildshire 4.9
Roman J. Israel Esq.: Rated PG-13 for language and some violence. Anyone who spends time in the American justice system knows the process is slow and unwieldy. Folks who stumble into the justice system in heavily black urban areas know the system is broken. Denzel Washington plays a man setting out to right wrongs and fix broken jurisprudence, at least in his small corner of the world. Also starring Colin Farrell, Shelley Hennig, and Carmen Ejogo, we think it deserves a bit more love than Rotten Tomatoes is giving it. Washington alone can open a film, in our opinion anyway. Rotten Tomatoes 47, Gildshire 3.9
That’s all for Nov. 17-19, but allow us to be the first movie preview site to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Our publishing schedule jumps over next week. Enjoy the food, family, and football that makes Thanksgiving great! Be sure to give thanks for all of the above. Oh, give thanks for the movies, too. They entertain us, as well as give us a chance to visit with you every other week. We at Gildshire Magazines join together to give thanks for you. See you in two weeks.