Hello again everyone and welcome to the new and improved Gildshire Goes to the Movies, this time for November 3-5, 2017. Timelier and more entertaining than ever, we offer a value-added reading experience for our millions of friends who subscribe.
Okay, that was an overblown way of saying, “Why don’t we do this on Thursday, because it’s closer to the actual weekend?” The idea received great acclaim.
Would it kill you to show a little enthusiasm?
Anyway, there are five new releases for November 3-5 and Rotten Tomatoes are all over the map about them. Let’s see what we think.
Thor: Ragnarok: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material. I have to hand it to the Marvel folks. Before their movie even hits the screen, social media is alive with “Is this the best reviewed Marvel movie ever made?” If you are going to make slam-bang comic book movies, hyperbole may be your stock-in-trade, because those tickets won’t sell themselves. By now, you have seen the trailer. Thor, Hulk, and Ragnarok take turns making menacing sounds and throwing stuff around. It stars Chris Hemsworth, (who I’m told is even better looking in person when he walks the streets of San Diego.) Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, and Cate Blanchett. Rotten Tomatoes 95, Gildshire 3.0
A Bad Moms Christmas: Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, and some drug use. This was the fifth Rotten Tomatoes-rated movie that we waited on. It appears we needn’t have bothered. It is the rare sequel that approaches the quality of the original, and when the original wasn’t all that good… That’s a shame, too. The movie stars Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, and Jay Hernandez. There is some acting ability there, especially in the comedy genre. Unfortunately, twice the Moms equals half the laughs, at least in the case of this film. Rotten Tomatoes 28, Gildshire 2.1
My Friend Dahmer: Rated R for disturbing images, language, teen drug use, drinking and sexual content, and for brief nudity. Jeffrey Dahmer, for those too young to remember, was a serial killer and necro-cannibal. All in all,from 1978-1991, seventeen men and boys met their demise at the hands of this animal. This is the story before the story. In other words, Dahmer before he killed. Dis…turb…ing. It describes unsettling images in this movie. It also describes the movie as a whole. God help us, but we’re a little bit fascinated. Starring Ross Lynch, Anne Heche, Dallas Roberts, and Vincent Kartheiser. Rotten Tomatoes 75, Gildshire 4.0
Lady Bird: Rated R for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying. How much mileage have filmmakers made out of the awkward teen years? In fact, some of the greatest movies ever made examine those years, warts and all. Lady Bird may not be a great movie, but it is a fine genre pieece and deserving of the Gildshire Movie of the Fortnight Award. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, and Lucas Hedges. Rotten Tomatoes 100, Gildshire 4.9.
LBJ: Rated R for language. Timed to coincide with the release of classified documents concerning the assassination of JFK, this movie examines the life and times of his successor. Imagine Lyndon Baines Johnson’s complexity, brought to the screen. There have been scores of movies about the Kennedys, but very few about the man who presided over some of the nation’s most-difficult hours. Starring Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Rich Sommer, and Bill Pullman. Rotten Tomatoes 45, Gildshire 4.1.
That’s all for this week. It looks to us like there is a little something for everyone. Four movies for those who like to eat popcorn and Milk Duds. My Friend Dahmer for those whose tastes run more to the exotic.
We’ll be back in a couple of Thursday to talk about the films opening closer to Thanksgiving. Until then, keep warm, dry, and headed to the local Movieplex. Fine entertainment is on the bill November 3-5. As LBJ used to say, “I guarandamnteeya.” Enjoy the films!