Now that Halloween’s out of the way, we’re barreling towards an Amazon-dominated holiday season. Does anyone else think Jeff Bezos is starting to look like Dr. Evil? Anyhow… let’s see if there’s anything new out there to keep you entertained while you plan those awesome Black Friday buys.
A BAD MOM’S CHRISTMAS
Since the first Bad Moms knocked it out of the ball park, Hollywood has hastened with its time-honored ritual and made a watered-down, predictable sequel. Whereas last time the trio were rebelling against inane societal expectations, this time it’s against their own mothers. Christine Baranski et al do the best they can with the script they were given, but the results are still meh. Baranski plays Ruth, Amy’s (Mila Kunis) sourpuss diva mom. Carla’s (Kathryn Hahn) pot-smoking drifter mom Isis (Susan Sarandon) has apparently shacked up with a trucker, and Sandy (Cheryl Hines), Kiki’s (Kristen Bell) mom still hasn’t tired of kissing her daughter’s a**. The flick is mostly about our three heroines trying to have a low-key holiday against their mothers’ collective will. The highpoint? When Carla has to do a Brazilian wax on a stripper named Ty (Justin Hartley). Enjoy!
How about some burlesque? Believe it or not, this one’s courtesy of Marvel. Naturally the story matters not, but here’s to the diehards: Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) home Asgard is on the cosmic chopping block, courtesy of the sweet (not!) Hela (Cate Blanchett), Thor’s sister. She’s back from hell, in a pissy mood and determined to take it out on Asgard. In the ensuing fight, Thor ends up in the hands of the Grandmaster (a sarcastic, excellent Jeff Goldblum), who decides the Norse god’s best use is to entertain him via gladiator-style fights against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Eventually it’s Thor, the Hulk and a Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) against Hela and her hot sidekick (Karl Urban). Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) around too. All that and it’s a comedy! That’s right, fangirls and boys, no doom and gloom for director Taika Waititi. But don’t panic! The action is still there: in fact, there’s enough to put you to sleep. You’ll find it’s the comedy that truly carries the movie. Prepare to… laugh.
THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
Calling all Stanley Kubrick fans! A cardiac surgeon’s (Colin Farrell) picture-perfect life is shattered when the young son (Barry Keoghan) of one of his dead patients tells him he needs to sacrifice one of his own family members to save the others from a mystery illness about to attack them all. Can the boy be stopped? If yes, how’s he doing it? None of these questions are addressed, but you’ll still be mesmerized. It’s quite reminiscent of The Shining, but hey, it’s the classiest imitation possible. Alicia Silverstone and Aussie Nicole Kidman also star. Check it out:
And with that I bid you adieu and a wonderful weekend! Did I miss anything? Let me know, and I’ll see you at the theater!