Hello again, fans of all things cinematic. Deep into September, we go. Doesn’t it seem like we went from summer to fall in an awfully big hurry? Gildshire Magazines may switch from Icees to hot chocolate for our concession treat of choice. We do like September, though. The changing of the leaves lead to the drinking of the cider, and the playing of the football. Better yet, this is the season the studios roll out the shows they think might be Oscar-worthy. Are there any this week? Perhaps one. Are there any movies that can compete for Gildshire Movie of the Fortnight? There is a horse race for that honor.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle: Rated R for sequences of strong violence, drug content, language throughout and some sexual material. Not long ago the world was introduced to Kingsmen. It was an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest stiff-lipped level of discretion. It’s stated goal? Keeping the world safe. We liked the original for its fun and funky take on James Bond-ian espionage. This one looks intriguing, as well, but is the second one ever as good as the first one? We’re going with a cautious recommendation. It stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, and Halle Berry. Rotten Tomatoes 56, Gildshire 3.6.
The Lego Ninjago Movie: Rated PG for mild action and some rude humor. Good versus evil has always worked in the movies. Why would it be any different when the stars are construction toys with no visible means of locomotion? Actually, we must admit that the trailer made us laugh once and chuckle twice. High praise when we’re (Hello!) talking about Legos! It stars the voice talents of Jackie Chan, Justin Theroux, Dave Franco, and Olivia Munn. Rotten Tomatoes 79, Gildshire 3.6
Friend Request: Rated R for horror violence, disturbing images, and language. I recently pruned down my Facebook friend list, so this movie comes at an excellent time, we don’t think. The social media world is everywhere and human value is judged 140 characters at a time. That’s scarier than anything this movie can tell me. Besides, didn’t we just preview a movie called “Unfriended?” This one stars Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Mosely, Connor Paolo, and Brit Morgan. Rotten Tomatoes 38, Gildshire 2.6
Battle of the Sexes: Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and partial nudity. Moviegoers of a certain age will remember the real-life events portrayed on screen. Fifty-five-year-old Bobby Riggs engineered a televised tennis match against 29-year-old Billie Jean King. The showman Riggs set out to pit men athletes against women, hence making a pile of dough in the process. Ms. King found herself the standard bearer for the women’s rights movement of the day. This movie works for what we know, but even better for what we do not. The demons being fought behind the scenes are what makes this the Gildshire Movie of the Fortnight Award winner for September 22-24. It stars Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Angela Riseborough, and Sarah Silverman. Rotten Tomatoes 81, Gildshire 4.9
Stronger: Rated R for language throughout, some graphic injury images, and brief sexuality/nudity. The human stories behind the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing are rivaled only by the same kind of stories after 9/11. No better story exists of the grit and determination of Bostonians than the story of Jeff Bauman. He was on television, being cruelly cut down by the bomb blast. This movie tells Jeff’s story and is the inspirational tale of this season. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Clancy Brown and Miranda Richardson. Rotten Tomatoes 90, Gildshire 4.6.
That’s it for this edition, so enjoy the movie weekend just ahead. Look for us, September 22-24. We’ll be the ones huddling near the entrance for warmth because thin blood and aging go together like peas and carrots.
We’ll be back in a couple of weeks, henceforth into the cold dark winter. Don’t cry for us, though, Argentina. We love what we do and we love for whom we do it.