Hey there girls and boys! I trust everyone’s having a good weekend? If not, not to worry: there are actually some halfway decent new movies at the theater this weekend. There’s even something for everyone this time. Read on, check out my choices for you!
All families have crazy secrets, because, let’s face it, there are certain nice people in all families who like to throw their weight around, and the rest of us end up having to deal with it… which leads to some interesting neuroses. Annie’s (Toni Collette) family has some choice ones uncovered after the matriarch dies. Her stoner son (Alex Wolff), her incredibly shy daughter (Milly Shapiro), and her stoic husband (Gabriel Byrne)—each is affected in a different way. But the question here is: is there an evil entity creating problems, or is her brood just quietly going crazy due to the unfortunate event? It’s hard to tell, especially with the very clever script and crafty camera work. The film’s ability to scare you lies in the realm of emotion as opposed to the physical, and I’m not sure which one’s more frightening. One thing’s for sure—it takes a lot more talent to do it this way. Director Ari Aster has done a decent job, but towards the end you’ll see he still has some learning to do. Toni Collette, however, has arrived. If you’re not stunned by her character in this flick, you probably need to get your head checked.
The good news is, Jodie Foster is back. The bad news? Drew Pearce can’t decide what kind of movie he wants Hotel Artemis to be. A crime drama? A family thing? Relationships? And that’s its ultimate downfall. But it’s brilliantly acted. In a 2020’s crime-ridden L. A., Jodie Foster is The Nurse at the Hotel Artemis – a high tech healthcare facility (robots and all) for high profile criminals. You pay your dues, and you get treated by The Nurse—and her handyman Everest (Dave Bautista)—when you need it, no questions asked. A couple of the residents are a hot French assassin Nice (Sofia Boutella) and a local psychopath arms dealer Acapulco (Charlie Day). This particular day, a couple of bank robbers (Sterling K. Brown, Brian Tyree Henry) come in with horrifying wounds. And things would’ve stayed ho-hum, if our highly efficient if alcoholic Nurse hadn’t accepted a wounded cop (Jenny Slate) as a patient: because the owner of the hotel, the Wolf King (an awesome Jeff Goldblum), detests cops. And he’s decided to visit, along with his POS son (Zachary Quinto) and their goon squad. This coulda been such a great noirish flick! Oh well. There’s always John Wick 🙂
It is possible to dazzle an audience with an amazing cast! Yes indeed. Even if the direction is not that great, and the highlights of the script are its one-liners. This movie is the perfect example. An all-female crew decide to lift a $120-million necklace off the neck of a super-hot, vapid young actress (a brilliant Anne Hathaway!) at the Met Gala. The heist leader is Debbie (Sandra Bullock), who’s been mulling it for a long time. The team consists of a talented pickpocket (rapper Awkwafina), a computer whiz (Rihanna), a jeweler (Mindy Kaling), a suburban mom (Sarah Paulson), and more. The chemistry between them is amazing, particularly between Debbie and her BFF (Cate Blanchett). What’s even better is that it’s way more fun watching these ladies do their thing rather than seeing them all dressed up for the gala. And guess what? Not a single one is hobbled by the traditional female problems like a difficult SO or some stupid family situation. They’re all pros. I love it! …so much that I recommend you go see it… even if Steve Soderberg didn’t direct. Seriously – it’s that dazzling. Check out the trailer:
And that’s it for me! Let me know what you think, and here’s hoping I’ll see you at the movies!