Hello again, movie fans and welcome to your Memorial Day weekend. After some unpleasantness in the midwest, the residents of which watched the capital of Missouri nearly blow into Cincinnati, the weather looks mild and pleasant. Nice weather, vice smeather, we say. Let’s go into the 12-screen Regal theater complex and watch 3-5 movies this Memorial Day weekend.
Gildshire likes the way you think. Let’s go to more than one movie this Memorial Day weekend. Here is a list of films to consider as you plan for the long weekend to come.
“Alladin,” rated PG for some action/peril.
Disney goes back to the well one more time in this live-action story of the boy who would be King and the genie who would make it happen. It is a sprawling spectacle, as you might imagine it would be. Does it carry the magic of the animated original? Critics are mixed on the question. It stars Will Smith as Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. Rotten Tomatoes 61, Gildshire 3.5.
“Brightburn,” Rated R for horror violence/bloody images, and language.
What would happen if aliens openly visited the earth? One theory is that they would be like E.T. All cute and cuddly, well-meaning and gentle. This movie takes the other side of the question and raises the hair on the back of your neck with the preview alone. You’ll want to grab someone’s arm during this one. I hope they are friendly. It stars Elizabeth Banks as Tori Breyer, David Denman as Kyle Breyer, Jackson A. Dunn as Brandon, and Matt Jones as Noah. Rotten Tomatoes 64, Gildshire 1.666.
“Booksmart,” rated R for strong sexual content and language throughout, drug use and drinking – all involving teens.
In the Age of John Hughes, there was a coming-of-age comedy released every ten minutes. Lately, the wave has slowed to a trickle. Enter the first directing effort from Olivia Wilde. Her female-centric spin on coming-of-age may be just what this Memorial Day weekend needs. It stars Kaitlyn Dever as Amy, Beanie Feldstein as Molly, Billie Lourd as Gigi, and Skyler Gisondo as Jared. Rotten Tomatoes 99, Gildshire 4.4.
“Funny Story,” not rated.
Question for the Dads in the audience. What happens if your daughter comes out to you, announcing that she has been in a committed same-sex relationship with her partner? What happens if, before this happened, you were intimate with her partner? That’s what is at stake in this sharp, smart comedy/drama that takes the Gildshire Movie of the Fortnight award. It stars Matthew Glave, Emily Bett Rickards, Jana Winternitz, and Nikki Limo. Rotten Tomatoes 89. Gildshire 4.7.
“Diamintino,” not rated.
A soccer star loses “the zone,” and looks for it in a surreal world of politics, Zen, nutrition, and self-realization. Gildshire has seen a lot of off-the-wall stuff, but this one ranks among the most in that category. It may be fantastic! It may be a waste of time! Oh, we want to see it, but we are nowhere near confident enough to recommend it. That’s probably why you should see it…or not. It stars Carloto Cotta as Diamantino Matamouros, Cleo Tavares as Aisha Brito, Anabela Moreira as Sonia Matamouros, and Margarida Moreira as Natasha Matamouros. Rotten Tomatoes 87, Gildshire 4.0.
That’s what is coming to a theater near you for your Memorial Day weekend. Our three days will be filled with the flicker of cinema. We hope yours is, as well. We’ll be back in two weeks with more movie fun.