Albert FInney (Scrooge) stars as Tom Jones in the film adaptation of the novel. This movie was nominated for ten Academy Awards and took home four including Best Picture in 1963. This may be one of the worst films to ever take home the Best Picture honor. Seriously, we take back what we said about Crash.
Writer/Director Spike Lee (Oldboy) earned his first ever Best Director nomination for his 2018 film Blackkklansman starring John David Washington (Denzel Washington’s home movies) and Adam Driver (Midnight Special). The film has also been nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Score).
Writer/Director Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) delivers one of the most critically-acclaimed movies of the year with the Netflix Original film Roma. The film has won a number of awards already including Best Director honors from the Golden Globes and Directors Guild and is nominated for ten Academy Awards. The guys were split on this one - Mike loved it, Danny didn’t.
Writer/Director/Cameo Fetishist M. Night Shyamalan (The Last Airbender) returns to the cinematic universe he created in 2000’s Unbreakable with Glass starring James McAvoy (Filth), Bruce Willis (The Last Boy Scout), Samuel L. Jackson (XXX: Return of Xander Cage), and Sarah Paulson (New Year’s Eve). The film is a master class in falling short of expectations. A mess.
Honestly, this one is a mess. For Sherlock Holmes completists, you may need to see it. For fans of Will Farrell (Bewitched) and John C. Reilly (Days of Thunder), you may need to see it. For anyone other than die hard fans, this one is hard pass. Try Without A Clue starring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley instead!
Writer/Director Adam McKay (Step Brothers) offers a quasi-biopic/in-your-face-mockumentary look at the life and legacy of former Vice President Dick Cheney in Vice. Starring Christian Bale (Reign of Fire), Amy Adams (Sunshine Cleaning), Steve Carell (Melinda and Melinda), and Sam Rockwell (The Search for One-Eye Jimmy), this film definitely wears its heart on its sleeve.
Sony finally figures out what to do with their Spider-Man property rights with the stunning animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Incredible visuals, great music, an impressive cast, and a wholly original concept introducing a clown car’s worth of interesting characters make this one of the best films of the year.
Director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) delivers a new, strange, disaffected, oddly-comic drama with The Favourite. Featuring impressive performances by Olivia Colman (Hot Fuzz), Rachel Weisz (The Mummy), and Emma Stone (Aloha), this film will likely be an awards magnet, although not one to take your family and friends to. Designed for a VERY specific audience, you’ll either hate or love The Favourite.
Viggo Mortenson (Young Guns II) and Mahershala Ali (Predators) showcase their range and their considerable buddy chemistry in the slightly more than by-the-numbers Green Book. This is a movie you can encourage your parents to go see - they will really enjoy it.
Director Jason Reitman (Thank You for Smoking) brings Hugh Jackman (Van Helsing) to the screen as Gary Hart, former candidate for the U.S. Presidency and media punching bag. Backed with an impressive cast and lacking the typical Reitman soundtrack, this movie exists - for some reason.
Michael B. Jordan (Fantastic Four) and Tess Thompson (When a Stranger Calls) join Sylvester Stallone (Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot) in a sequel to their Rocky spinoff with Creed 2. The emotional baggage is high and the melodrama thick as Dolph Lundgren (Masters of the Universe) returns as Ivan Drago, the Russian beast from Rocky IV.
Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse) voices everyone’s favorite awful Christmas hater, The Grinch. Supported by Keenan Thompson (The Smurfs 2) and Angela Lansbury (Magnum, P.I.), this re-imagining of the holiday classic packs on an additional 65 minutes or so. Bring your kids.
Director Bryan Singer (Jack the Giant Slayer) delivers (some of? most of? either way, he got fired before finishing the film) the world a quasi-biopic of Freddie Mercury and his band Queen in Bohemian Rhapsody. Rami Malek (Battleship) stars as Mercury and dials up both the glam rockstar posturing and the loneliness. The music is fun and there are flashes of a more exciting picture here. Audiences are loving it, so your parents will probably dig it.
Writer/Director Woody Allen (Casino Royale) earned his first Oscar love for 1977’s Annie Hall starring him and Diane Keaton (The Godfather Part III). It also went on to define a “Woody Allen movie” for the next forty or so years. This film is responsible for romantic comedies, New York stories starring curmudgeons like Seinfeld or Curb Your Enthusiasm, and a brief fashion trend in the late 1970s which Diane Keaton continues to rock these days.
Michael Myers is back forty years after he last terrorized Laurie Strode in Halloween (unless you include a few of the eight sequels now ignored by this latest installment in the Halloween saga) looking for opportunities to brutally attack people, lurk quietly in the back of the frame, and to rock a mask and coveralls. This new, John Carpenter-approved sequel delivers on the promise of the original and features a bookend performance by Jamie Lee Curtis who made her screen debut in Halloween forty years ago.
Director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) delivers a non-musical (!) biopic of Neil Armstrong in First Man. Played by Ryan Gosling (Murder by Numbers), Armstrong is, apparently, half-robot, half space hunk. Claire Foy (Season of the Witch) offers a portrayal of Janet Armstrong as Neil’s closed-off, half-robot wife. They are perfect for one another, although you may not know it from seeing this movie. The technical details and production values are stellar.
Director/Star Bradley Cooper (All About Steve) joins superstar Lady Gaga (American Horror Story: Hotel) in the fourth film version of A Star is Born. The film surprised the guys, as both of them liked it more than they expected. Check out the episode here.
Director/Academy Awards Magnet Frank Capra (It Happened One Night) picked up his second Best Picture and third (!) Best Director Oscar at the 11th Academy Awards back in 1939 for 1938’s You Can’t Take It With You. Starring a young Jimmy Stewart (Vertigo) and an impressive cast of misfits and anarchists this screwball comedy is full of energy for about two thirds of its running time. Check out the episode and hear what the guys thought of this classic film.
Writer/Director Paul Schrader (Dog Eat Dog) takes a break from helping Nicolas Cage repay his back taxes to bring a small, quiet film about a disillusioned pastor battling with his health, his faith, his work, and his belief in his fellow man. First Reformed stars Ethan Hawke (White Fang) who brings the monotone voiceover in a performance earning him a lot of attention.
Writer/Director/Star John Krasinski (Leatherheads) brings us a world filled with bare feet, organic produce, and quality family time in A Quiet Place. Also monsters that will eat you if you make a peep or belch accidentally. This also stars Krasinski’s real-life wife Super Star Emily Blunt (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen).