Hollywood has struggled to connect audiences with a hit comedy in some time. 2018 has seen several comedies, headlined by known stars with successful track records, fall flat. Will Tag, starring Jeremy Renner (Wind River) be the film to break that streak and get audiences back to the theater for a mainstream comedy? No. No it will not. Is the film fully devoid of charms? No. Not it is not. It has John Hamm (30 Rock), Jake Johnson (Drinking Buddies), and Ed Helms (The Office). This movie just doesn't know what it wants to be or what it is trying to be about.
Indulge in nostalgia for a simpler time and a kinder world where a sincere, quiet, earnest, slightly odd man focused his entire being on educating and comforting children through the medium of television. Mr. Fred Rogers was, undoubtedly, a unique and visionary human being. This documentary gives us a glimpse into his impact and into just how radical his efforts were.
Writer/Director Brad Bird (Tomorrowland) revisits his classic The Incredibles with a sequel which picks up immediately after the original ended. Holly Hunter (The Firm), Craig T. Nelson (Turner & Hooch), and Samuel L. Jackson (Black Snake Moan) all return and are in top form along with stunning visuals and a terrific score.
Director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) take over for Steven Soderbergh to helm a new chapter in the Ocean's film canon - this time focused on Debbie Ocean (played by Sandra Bullock) and her gang of female thieves out to pull off a huge diamond heist. A rogue's gallery of co-stars includes: Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kahling, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rihanna.
On almost every list of the greatest American films of all time, at the top of the list, is a film from 1941 called Citizen Kane. Orson Welles' American classic continues to dazzle and impress more than 70 years later. Well, back in 1941 they felt differently. How Green Was My Valley ate Kane's lunch and forced Welles to try to be satisfied with an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. What a chump.
Director Ron Howard (Willow) steps in for Phil Lord (Caroline in the City) & Christopher MIller (Clone High) to launch a prequel set in the Star Wars universe featuring Alden Ehrenreich (Stoker) as a young Han Solo. Featuring a great turn by Donald Glover (Diet Coke with Lime Ad) as Lando Calrissian, the film tries to pack in all nine things we know about Han Solo into one film. More or less, it transmits that information. Did you need this sequel? No. Will your enjoyment of any other Star Wars property be diminished if you miss it? No.
You may not realize it upon first listening but both Mike and Danny really enjoy 1971's Academy Award winning Best Picture, The French Connection. The verisimilitude, the gritty look at 1970s New York, and the legendary car chase give this movie real gravitas. But there is just. so. much. going. on. What is up with this movie!??!
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.