Director Ridley Scott (Alien, The Martian) pulls off an incredible feat of filmmaking by replacing Academy Award winner and now-notorious-creep Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects, American Beauty) with Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music, Beginners) in All The Money In The World. Continued outrage dogged the movie when it was revealed that Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg (The Departed) made more than 1,000 times as much money for the required reshoots than Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea). A movie filled with intrigue and money troubles embroiled in intrigue in money problems - how meta.
Writer/Legend Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network, Moneyball, Steve Jobs, A Few Good Men) delivers his directorial debut with Molly's Game - starring Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Miss Sloane) and Idris Elba (The Dark Tower, The Wire). Sorkin delivers the goods - sizzling dialogue from top-shelf actors at break-neck speed. Sit down, strap in, and hang on.
Visionary writer/director Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) delivers an impressively lovely and moving story about a mute woman (played by Sally Hawkins) who falls in love with a mysterious aquatic monster (Doug Jones). Seriously. It's much, much, much better than you are thinking it is after reading that synopsis. Honestly.
Writer/Director Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick) takes over the Star Wars franchise to deliver the longest film in the saga. Filled with slow speed chases, overtly-political commentaries about arms dealing and capitalism, and several Leia fake-outs, this one has something for everyone.
Director/Star James Franco chronicles the behind-the-scenes drama and comedy surrounding the creation of "The Room," which many consider to be one of the worst movies ever made. Dave Franco co-stars along with a trove of supporting actors to bring this "important (?)" story to the screen.
Writer/Director Greta Gerwig displays her impressive knowledge of indie cinema with her debut film - Lady Bird - a coming of age story about a young woman navigating high school, family, romance, college, and peer pressure. Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Hannah) stuns as the semi-pretentious Lady Bird and is supported by a stellar cast including Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne), Tracy Letts (The Big Short, Homeland), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), and Lois Smith (Minority Report, Twister). Already ranked as one of the best reviewed movies of 2017 and the BEST reviewed movie EVER on Rotten Tomatoes, Lady Bird is building serious awards buzz.
Pixar delivers the goods again with their 19th feature-length film Coco. The film follows a young boy on his journey through the Land of the Dead to connect with his family, trust in his passion for music, and recognize the value of his ancestors. Mike and Danny are joined by their daughters for this episode.
Director/star Clint Eastwood's early career was defined by Westerns. With 1992's Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Unforgiven, Eastwood created the definitive Western. Packed with rich characters played by world-class actors like Gene Hackman (The French Connection) - who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, Morgan Freeman (Shawshank Redemption, most films you've seen) - who should have, Richard Harris (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), and the incomparable Saul Rubinek (Nixon, The Contender). Gorgeously shot, beautifully scored, and tragically sad, Unforgiven is a modern masterpiece. This week's episode features our good friend Danny P.
Director/Star Kenneth Branagh (Dead Again, Hamlet) breathes new cinematic life into Agatha Christie's famous detective Hercule Poirot in the new thriller Murder on the Orient Express. Alongside an all-star cast, Branagh chews the scenery, gets some stuck in his incredible moustache, and solves a gruesome murder.
Director Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) turns Marvel's stodgiest franchise on its head and crams it with anus jokes, deadpan humor, and a (more than usual) bizarre turn from Jeff Goldblum. Thor: Ragnarok is the silliest and strangest Marvel film yet also features Marvel's first female villain played by two time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett.
Writer/Director Paul Haggis tells us that we are all terrible, flawed, selfish, racist humans in his 2005 Academy Award winner Crash. Nominated for 6 Oscars, it won 3 including Film Editing and Best Original Screenplay for Haggis.
Director Denis Villeneuve takes a swing at continuing the sad, dirty, lonely, futuristic hell first brought to the screen by Ridley Scott more than 30 years ago in Blade Runner. Ryan Gosling stars and Harrison Ford returns for Blade Runner 2049.
Emma Stone (La La Land) and Steve Carell (Evan Almighty) square off in Battle of the Sexes, based on the true story of the tennis match played by Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in 1973. Sexism, chauvinism, pig-headedness, misogyny, and general a-holenism abounds.
Director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) gives us an intimate, emotional story tied to the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Jake Gyllenhaal leads the film as a survivor of the attack and Tatiana Maslany shines as his girlfriend and supporter.
Writer/Director Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan) decided to create a "punk movie" with mother! and include a cavalcade of Academy Award nominees and winners. Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer star in his insane mess. This episode is a bit more of a rant and only Danny sat through this thing. Mike is welcome.
Well, the poster for West Side Story, the Academy Award winner for Best Picture from 1961, says it "achieves one of the great entertainments in the history of motion pictures." So, you can see what they were going for. This film took home ten Oscars after receiving eleven nominations. Also, what's up with saying anything like that on a movie poster?!
Stephen King's IT gets a new cinematic adaptation in this updated thriller. The film, which has broken box office records and pumped some much-needed financial life into theaters, hits all the major points of the first half of the book while setting up the sequel to give us the rest. Pennywise is dusted off and reinvented, all due respect to Tim Curry.
Writer Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water) delivers a taut thriller for his directorial debut with Wind River. The film, starring Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) and Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), investigates the death of a Native American girl on the Wind River reservation in Wyoming.
Director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven) came out of retirement to direct the heist comedy Logan Lucky starring Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, and Adam Driver. This "Ocean's 7-11" follows a rag tag group of blue-collar criminals as they attempt to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Coca Cola 600, one or the largest NASCAR races of the year.
Director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) reunites with writer Mark Boal to revisit Detroit and the events at The Algiers Motel in 1967. John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Will Poulter (We're The Millers) lead a sprawling cast to tell the thrilling story of what happened The Algiers.