So… how’s your summer going? Is it getting too hot for you? I know it is for The Orange One. Y’know, I’ll bet he’s a really nice guy as a private citizen. Sad! 🙂 Same thing for wifey. And the moral? Stick with the industry you know best. Me, I’ll stick with movies, because I know I’m most useful to you there. Now to see if anything new at the box office is worth your money!
THE EMOJI MOVIE
Would you, darling readers, like to be ‘normal?’ Or, more normal, anyway? Would you like to rid yourself of your powerful emotions and become more like your friends? This is the quest of Gene (TJ Miller), an emoji who resides in the city of Textopolis, located inside your smartphone. I was impressed with Gene’s determination to find his purpose and break out of the universe he’s been born into. Don’t we all, in one way or another? With the help of Hi-5 (James Corden) and Jailbreak (Anna Faris), he sets off on an ‘app-venture’ to become more normal. Naturally, the fate of Textopolis is threatened at the same time he decides to attack his problem… but I think the real threat comes from the lame jokes. This had great potential. It may appeal to your kids, but when you’re staring down the barrel of 86 minutes of animated inanity, albeit in a cool darkened room with plush seats and lots of food, it’s downright terrifying. Unfortunate, because the cast includes both Patrick Stewart and Maya Rudolph. Here’s the trailer:
I would not be doing my job right if I did not beg you to please, please! go see this. Charlize Theron has finally hit her stride. It always amazed me how a woman that talented and with that much screen presence could never carry a movie (Fury Road bored me). Maybe she just needs a lot of props—awesome soundtrack, perfect script, stylish set, gritty cinematography… and an s/m vibe and lesbian love scenes (which director David Leitch was smart enough not to make a big deal of). Is that a shortcoming? Who cares, when you can see her kick ass like this, with a bod like that, spouting words like that. Still want the story? Lorraine Broughton is an MI-5 spy in late 80’s Berlin sent to find out why a certain coworker was killed. Also starring James McAvoy, John Goodman, and rising star Sofia Boutella. Still not convinced? This should seal the deal:
This powerful drama from Kathryn Bigelow examines the events surrounding the 12th Street Riot in Detroit in 1967. After a raid on an unlicensed bar leads to an outburst of looting and crime, a riot squad is called in to address a ‘sniper situation’ at the Algiers (hotel), where members of a local soul group are partying with some white girls. It’s a case study for brutal if at times insidious racism, which is still ongoing today. Starring John Boyega, John Krasinski, Will Poulter, Jason Mitchell and Algee Smith, it’s generating some serious Oscar buzz. Here’s the trailer:
And that, ladies and gents, is the cream of the crop. Let me know what you chose. And have fun at the theater!