The Princess Bride Turns 30

Coming Attractions/News:

Tomb Raider – Trailer
Cook Off – Trailer
Isle of Dogs – Trailer

New Movies

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy. (51% ROTTEN TOMATOES)
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kingsman_the_golden_circle

The LEGO Ninjago Movie – Shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, a teenager seeks to defeat him with the help of his fellow ninjas. (53% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_lego_ninjago_movie

Friend Request – A popular college student graciously accepts a social outcast’s online friend request, but soon finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to make her lonely by killing her closest friends. (20% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/friend_request

Stronger – Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope following the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. (95% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/stronger_2017

Undisputed Classic

When Harry Met Sally – Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship. (89% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/when_harry_met_sally

Top Five: Movies from the Case of The Princess Bride

1987

The Princess Bride – While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (97% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/princess_bride

Best Seller – Hit man Cleve approaches writer/cop Dennis about a story for his next book: How Cleve made a living, working for one of the most powerful politicians in the country. To get the story right, they travel around the country to gather statements and evidence, while strong forces use any means they can to keep the story untold. (71% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/best_seller

The Big Town – It is 1957. J.C. Cullen is a young man from a small town, with a talent for winning at craps, who leaves for the big city to work as a professional gambler. While there, he breaks the bank at a private craps game at the Gem Club, owned by George Cole, and falls in love with two women, one of them Cole’s wife. Infuriated, Cole wagers everything on the craps table, including the Gem Club itself, and he and Cullen have it out. (57% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1002361_big_town

China Girl – A modern day Romeo & Juliet story is told in New York when an Italian boy and a Chinese girl become lovers, causing a tragic conflict between ethnic gangs. (N/A% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/china_girl

Real Men – A womanizing CIA agent and an insecure insurance agent are paired together to make sure a deal goes through with aliens for the future of mankind. (N/A% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/real_men

From a Whisper to a Scream – In a small Tennessee town, an historian relates four horror stories to a reporter. (N/A% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1015426_offspring

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Movie Review The Big Sick

The Big Sick broke my heart into a million little pieces and slowly pieced it back together throughout its gentle, sweet and very, very funny 120 minutes. Featuring an unconventional but brilliant lead performer, a radiant love interest and two of the best possible supporting players anyone could ask for, The Big Sick is, thus far, the best movie of 2017. Click the poster for the full length review. The Big Sick is now available on Blu Ray and DVD.

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Crowd Surfing Jesus

Coming Attractions/News:

All the Money in the World – Trailer
Red Sparrow – Trailer
The Shape of Water – Red Band Trailer
Jamie Lee Curtis Returns to Halloween

New Movies

American Assasin – A story centered on counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp. (35% ROTTEN TOMATOES)
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/american_assassin_2017

mother! – A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. (69% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mother_2017

Undisputed Classic

Rosemary’s Baby – A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life. (99% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rosemarys_baby

Top Five: Worst Romantic Chemistry in a Movie

1987

The Pick-up Artist – A womanizer meets his match when he falls for a woman in debt to the mafia. (55% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pickup_artist

Maurice – After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality. (93% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/maurice

The Principal – A teacher is assigned to be the principal of a violent and crime-ridden high school. (50% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/principal

In the Mood – Based upon the true story of “Sonny” Wisecarver. In 1944, Sonny made headlines nationwide due to his affairs with 2 older adult women. (ie. He was so irresistible, that he was a danger to women everywhere) Eventually being taken to court by the local authorities. He was only 15. (64% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/in_the_mood

Fatal Attraction – A married man’s one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family. (78% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1007141_fatal_attraction

Hellraiser – An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; demons are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld. (63% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hellraiser

Amazon Women on the Moon – A spoof 1950s science fiction movie, interspersed with various comedy sketches concerning late night television. (63% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/amazon_women_on_the_moon

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Movie Review Home Again

Home Again is a vacuous and inane movie that is otherwise an inoffensive and forgettable romantic comedy about characters who have no problems. It’s the kind of vacuousness that you would think even Hollywood would be tired of by now and yet there still seems to be an appetite for it. I think it’s called lifestyle porn, wherein the poor watch movies like Home Again and fantasize about the architecture and accoutrements without a care for whether or not the characters’ lives are worth enduring. Click the poster for the full length written review.

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Movie Review The Wilde Wedding

The Wilde Wedding has the chance to be a pretty great movie but lacks the courage to pull it off. The film brings together the talents of Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Patrick Stewart for a wedding comedy and the charm factor would be off the charts except that writer-director Damian Harris can’t resist mucking up the works by having the younger cast too often crowd out the more interesting veterans. Click the picture for the full length review…

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Classic Movie Review Requiem for a Dream

With Darren Aronofsky’s latest film Mother starring Jennifer Lawrence arriving in theaters across the country this week, now is the perfect time to look back on the best of Aronofsky’s career thus far. You can hear more about Mother and the style of Darren Aronofsky on the next “Everyone Is a Critic Movie Review Podcast” available on iTunes every Monday Morning.

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Classic Movie Review The Pick Up Artist

The Pick Up Artist is a bizarrely bad movie of the kind only James Toback seems capable of. This mess of a romantic comedy and a gangster movie attempts to be both conventional and unconventional. Toback’s thing has always been arthouse style talky existentialism with a healthy dose of New York. Watching him try to cram that unusual sensibility into a mainstream movie would be unwatchable were it not for Robert Downey Jr. and Molly Ringwald who, at the very least, remain likable even as they struggle against a director lost in his attempt to serve the commercial and the arty.

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THE PICK-UP ARTIST, from left: Molly Ringwald, Robert Downey Jr., 1987. TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.

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Holy IT!

Coming Attractions/News:

The Snowman – Trailer
Lady Bird – A24 Trailer

New Movies

Home Again – Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her. (34% ROTTEN TOMATOES)
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/home_again_2017

IT – A group of bullied kids band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children. (87% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/it_2017

Undisputed Classic

Killer Klowns from Outer Space -Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town. (71% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/killer_klowns_from_outer_space

Top Five: Evil Clown/Evil Clown Movies

1987

The Curse – When a meteorite lands near his family farm during a storm in Tennessee, the son of a struggling farmer believes it’s connected to strange plague-like events afflicting the crops, the farm animals and even the family themselves. (N/A% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_curse_1987

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Truckers in Space

Coming Attractions/News:

Goodbye Christopher Robin – Trailer
Victoria of Abdul – Trailer
The Current War – Trailer
Force Friday

New Movies

Tulip Fever – An artist falls for a young married woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam. (10% ROTTEN TOMATOES)
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/tulip_fever

I Do… Until I Don’t – An ensemble comedy about the meaning of matrimony. (31% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/i_do_until_i_dont

Undisputed Classic

Lust For Life -The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh.(100% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1012920_lust_for_life

Top Five: Blue Collar/Union Movies

Streaming Challenge

A Boy Called Po – When David Wilson’s young wife falls victim to cancer, he is left a single working dad with the sole responsibility of caring for his sixth grade son with autism. Patrick, who prefers to be called ‘Po,’ is a gifted but challenged child who was very close to his mother and unable to communicate his own sense of loss. As father and son struggle to deal with life after mom, they each begin to withdraw into their own worlds. David into the high pressure job he’s close to losing and Po drifting away from the school where he’s bullied into his magical fantasy world, the Land of Color, where he’s just a typical carefree boy with a rich cast of other worldly companions. The growing divide between father and son and the challenges of single parenthood of a special needs child threaten to separate David and Po permanently. Based on a true story, the bonds of love between a grieving father and son are tested in the most real way in Po. (33% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_boy_called_po

The Assignment – After waking up and discovering that he has undergone gender reassignment surgery, an assassin seeks to find the doctor responsible. (31% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_assignment_2017

Chuck – A drama inspired by the life of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner. (80% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chuck

Wakefield – A man’s nervous breakdown causes him to leave his wife and live in his attic for several months. (74% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wakefield

1987

A Man in Love – An American film-star and an unknown British actress meet on set in Rome. She is angry when he refuses to speak to her journalist father, but later they have a passionate relationship. (N/A% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/man_in_love

Hamburger Hill – A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. (100% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hamburger_hill

The Boys Next Door – Roy and Bo leave their small town the weekend after graduation for a short road trip to LA. Soon, they find themselves lashing out and leaving a trail of bodies behind them. The violence escalates throughout. (N/A ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1002996_boys_next_door

A Prayer for the Dying – Martin, an IRA hitman, is seen by a catholic priest while carrying out a hit. He grows a bond with the priest and his niece. But his past and his former employers put all their lives in danger. (63% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_prayer_for_the_dying

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Classic Movie Review Lust for Life

Our classic this week on the Everyone is a Critic movie review podcast is Kirk Douglas and director Vincent Minnelli’s portrayal of the life of troubled artist Vincent Van Gogh, Lust for Life. If the film illustrates one thing more than anything else it is that acting has changed a great deal since 1956. While Douglas and co-star Anthony Quinn, as fellow painting legend Paul Gaugin rage at each other, it’s not hard to see why the directors of the next generation began to strive for something more natural and genuine from their actors. Lust for Life seems to me to be among the last films for which theatrically trained actors were the vanguard of the cinema. Click the poster for the review

 

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