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).
It’s the movie release dead zone of September which means we are looking for films you may have missed earlier in the year or that you can find on iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, or other streaming services (or your public library). Natalie Portman (Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium) stars in Annihilation, the new film from Alex Garland (28 Days Later). It’s trippy, wild, visually impressive, and was adored by critics upon its release earlier this year. Audiences? Not so much. We had to check it out to see why there was such a division between the popular and critical reception. Check it out.
Writer/Director Bo Burnham (The Big Sick) delivers a fresh, raw, and unflinching look at the pressures and anxieties facing today’s 8th graders in Eighth Grade. The film is funny, sad, powerful, and provocative. It’s worth seeing - without your kids in the room. Be very glad that you grew up and moved beyond 8th grade.
Director Danny Boyle (127 Hours) took home the Academy Award for Best Director when helming the Best Picture from 2008 - Slumdog Millionaire. The film won 8 Oscars and is the highest domestic box office grossing Best Picture winner since 2003's Lord of The Rings: Return of the King. The film was praised by nearly every film critic alive in 2008 but is probably best known for being the film which won Best Picture instead of The Dark Knight. Check it out.
Director Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon) teams up for a fourth time with his favorite leading man - Mark Wahlberg (Planet of the Apes) - for action thriller Mile 22. Their hopes of launching a franchise here are, if there is any decency left in the world, hopelessly dashed. In this episode, the guys dialogue with the manager of Flix Brewhouse to discuss the current state of the movie theater experience and to learn which beer to pair with Mile 22. Check it out.
Tom Cruise returns for the sixth (!) installment of the 22-year old (!) Mission: Impossible franchise with Fallout. This franchise is known for it's impressive practical stuntwork, intense action sequences, and ridiculous triple- and quadruple-crosses, all of which are on display in Fallout.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced changes to their annual Academy Award ceremony this week. The changes were not met with much enthusiasm by the entertainment industry. In this special episode, Danny and Mike react to the bizarre changes announced this week.
Writer/Director Boots Riley delivers a critically-adored film about a man who discovers a unique talent and has to decide if he will use that talent to enrich himself at the expense of his fellow men, or subvert his skill and speak truth to power. Also, there are half-human/half-horse people. Seriously. Mike loved it.
Dwayne Johnson (The Scorpion King) saves his family and some of a burning building from destruction and terrorists in the nearly incoherent thriller Skyscraper. We really don't have much more to say about this movie.
Holy cow! They really made interesting movies back in 1931! Cimarron, the Academy Award winner for Best Picture that year, is really something to see. Wild, unbelievably racist, hilarious in all the wrong ways, this is one to revisit.
Josh Brolin (Goonies) and Benicio Del Toro (Heinekin salesperson) return to the gritty, dark worlds of Sicario in Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado. The film sets up a dark premise, provides intense action, and plenty of dark-world intrigue and skullduggery. Mike really enjoyed it, Danny less so. Check out the episode for the dish.
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.