Charlize Theron (Mighty Joe Young, The Astronaut's Wife) stars in another collaboration from Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman following Juno and Young Adult. Theron stars as a normal woman who looks like a normal woman having a normal reaction after having a third child. Much of this movie is awesome.
Card shark Richard Turner is an incredible performer and an impressive guy. His varied interests and passions and the intensity with which he attacks them are something to see. That being said, Turner doesn't get a chance to see them. Check out the episode and then the movie.
Marvel's cinematic universe reaches a (box office record) breaking point with Avengers: Infinity War which seemingly stars one in three actors working in Hollywood today. The Russo Brothers (Captain America: Winter Soldier) work to deliver a universe-shaking comic book crossover event after 18 prior Marvel films. The result is entertaining, fast-paced, and fun and delivers a wild ending which tees up next year's Avengers 4.
Remember high school history class when you learned something about Ted Kennedy and Chappaquiddick? Yeah, well, that's a movie now. And a really good one. Don't worry, you won't feel stupid for not remembering anything from high school while watching the film. Jason Clarke (Knight of Cups) and Ed Helms (Meet Dave) star and both do a remarkably good job. Check out the episode and then, someday, the movie.
The last film to take home "the big five awards" at the Academy Awards - Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay (Adapted), remains as resonant and thrilling today as when it was honored for being the best picture in 1991. The Silence of the Lambs is a chilling, taut, and fully-realized thriller featuring great, award-winning performances from Jodie Foster (Somersby, The Beaver) and Sir Anthony Hopkins (The Mask of Zorro, Transformers: The Last Knight). Jonathan Demme's (Married to the Mob) direction gives the film a dreamy, musical quality and Ted Tally's (The Juror) screenplay masterfully adapts Thomas Harris' novel. This one will stick with you for days and is worth revisiting.
Steven Spielberg (1942, Always, War Horse) returns to sci-fi spectacle with Ready Player One adapted from Ernest Cline's novel. A heady nostalgia trip through the 1980's set in the near future, Spielberg gets to name check dozens of '80s classics while trying to mount a contemporary action film. Whether he succeeds is a matter of opinion.
Writer/Director Wes Anderson turns in another "only-could-be-made-by-Wes-Anderson-wonder" in his latest film Isle of Dogs. Starring just about everyone you can think of, and featuring a kidney-transplant surgery created in stop motion animation, the film is a wonder. Funny, sad, and made by human hands, it's definitely worth your time.
Writer/Director/Son of David Bowie Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) spent nearly a decade to bring his sci-fi film Mute to the big screen. It never made it to the big screen, instead ending up on Netflix as an original film. Starring Alexandar Skarsard (True Blood), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), and Justin Theroux (Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle), the film follows a mute bartender looking for his girlfriend through a futuristic Berlin. It's about as fun as it sounds.
1979's Best Picture winner, Kramer vs. Kramer, gets a bad rap for being too sad. It's sad. But it isn't sad-sad. You get my meaning. It's a strong Best Picture winner and features a great performance from Dustin Hoffman.
Call Me By Your Name is a loving adaptation of a well-regarded novel. It is the 114th biggest movie of the year 2017 (at the domestic box office) and has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Timothee Chalamet (Lady Bird) was nominated for Best Actor for his role of Elio, the bored teen who falls for his father's graduate student assistant over a lazy summer in Italy. In the episode, the guys discuss a recent article from the Wall Street Journal regarding the Academy Awards. Find it here.
Writer/Director Ryan Coogler (Creed) delivers a grand, sweeping, and relatively fresh take on a solo comic book hero with Black Panther. Starring Chadwick Boseman (42), Michael B. Jordan (Creed), and a great supporting cast, Black Panther is an impressive and hugely successful entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Writer/Director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) unleashes Frances McDormand (Fargo) in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. McDormand plays a mother, burning with rage and loss who challenges the status quo and pushes the local law (played by Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell). The film is nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Writer/Director/Auteur Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights) collaborates with Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln, There Will Be Blood) in the latter's final on-screen performance with Phantom Thread. Racking up 6 Academy Award nominations, this movie will move some viewers, impress some viewers, and piss off a huge chunk of people. The guys are divided on this one.
The dream team of director Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan), Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, every movie your Dad likes), and Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady, every movie your Mom likes) delivers a true-to-life story of freedom of the press against a vindictive and corrupt government as well as a female empowerment tale with The Post. The supporting cast is ridiculously good and Streep earns her 21st Academy Award nomination!
Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy) turns in an impressive performance as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright's (Hannah) Darkest Hour. Supported by a stellar supporting cast, Darkest Hour proves an interesting compliment to this year's Dunkirk.
Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) and Allison Janney (The West Wing) have earned Academy Award nominations for their roles in I, Tonya, a salaciously shot and wickedly trashy faux documentary/drama about the rise and fall of U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding. The film is fast, wild, and warts-and-all.
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.