Writer/Director Oliver Stone (U-Turn) won the Academy Award for Best Director and the award for Best Picture for his Vietnam nightmare Platoon. The films asks the audience to take Charlie Sheen seriously. Does it work? Does it hold up? Did the Academy get it right in 1986? Check out the episodes to hear what the guys thought.
Director Guy Ritchie (Swept Away) brings yet another live action version of a beloved Disney classic to life. Featuring Will Smith (After Earth) filling the shoes of the late Robin Williams as the Genie, this one is actually a little more fun than you would expect.
Director Chad Stahelski (John Wick) and star Keanu Reeves (Replicas) return to the shadowy, yet blood-soaked world of John Wick in John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum. Starring Reeves, Halle Berry (Catwoman), Ian McShane (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), Laurence Fishburne (TMNT), and Asia Kate Dillon (Hitting the Wall), this film packs a punch (and a kick, and a headshot, and a groin chomp).
Mike couldn’t wait to see this one. It checks every box for him: Diane Keaton, retirement homes, evil Southern Belles, cheerleading, and Bruce McGill. This movie may have been perfectly engineered for him. Who else was supposed to like it is hard to imagine.
Seth Rogen (The Green Hornet) and Charlize Theron (A Million Ways to Die In the West) star in Longshot, and improbable new romantic comedy which aims to please everyone in the theater - and maybe ends up pleasing none? Critics liked it, audiences largely missed it, what with Avengers and all. Check it out.
The Russo Brothers deliver the ultimate capstone to 22 MCU films with Avengers: Endgame which is already a multiple record breaker for box office results with less than a week in theaters. This means that most of your friends and ALL of their friends on Instagram have already seen this movie at least once. You really should head out and see it right now before someone mentions something and ruins it for you!
Peter O’Toole (King Ralph) headlines David Lean’s epic tale Lawrence of Arabia which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1962. Starring Sir Alec Guinness (Murder by Death), Omar Sharif (The 13th Warrior), and Anthony Quinn (Last Action Hero), this film won 7 Oscars. Nearly every scene will take your breath away.
DC comics ups the young-adult quotient and takes on the 1980s body-switching genre with Shazam! (the original Captain Marvel for all you purists out there) starring Zachary Levi (Thor: The Dark World) and Mark Strong (Green Lantern).
Tim Burton (Planet of the Apes) takes another stab at a relatively unnecessary live-action Disney remake with Dumbo. Burton puts his own twist on things and brings Michael Keaton (Jack Frost), Danny DeVito (Death to Smoochy), Colin Farrell (Fright Night), and Eva Green (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For)to the mix.
Academy Award winning writer/director Jordan Peele (Get Out) returns to deliver a new, original horror film with Us starring Lupita Nyong’o (Non-Stop) and Winston Duke (Black Panther). Filled with self-referential images and packed with subtext and meaning, Peele crams this thriller with a lot of extra weight to bear. Some viewers will marvel at the complex multi-level narrative and the social commentary. Others will wonder why it isn’t scarier.
Director Steven Soderbergh (Bubble) whips out an iPhone to shoot, edit, and direct a new, direct-to-Netflix feature High Flying Bird starring Andre Holland (Bride Wars). Featuring a buzzy cast of supporting actors (including Bill Duke!) and intercut with documentary interviews (why?), this is an interesting sit.
Brie Larson (Short Term 12) and Samuel L. Jackson (Snakes on a Plane) headline a 1990s-set buddy-cop picture for Marvel Studios to introduce one of the most powerful superheroes in the MCU - Captain Marvel. The 21st entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the first female-centered Marvel Studios release and is is heavy on mid-1990s music cues, pagers, CD-roms, and slightly awkward computer-aided reverse aging technology.
Independent Spirit Award Nominee and film festival darling The Rider wows the guys with verisimilitude, grit, beauty, and honesty. A slow, raw, touching, and moving independent film worth your time and attention.
Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, and Joan Crawford headline the movie you’ve all been waiting to hear us discuss! 1932’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Grand Hotel, was nominated for only one award back in 1932 but it was the BIG one!
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.