We’re in the thick of the Summer Movie Season and a bunch of great options at a theater near you these days.
Just Opening; From Universal Pictures, Hobbs and Shaw. “Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Jason Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever--and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister--these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.”
HOBBS & SHAW Is Rated: PG13
From Columbia Pictures, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.
Quentin Tarantino’s ninth feature film is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor...Sharon Tate.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD Runs:159 Minutes and is Rated: R
Deserves a Look; From 20th Century Fox , STUBER.
“ When a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, he’s thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life and his five-star rating.”
STUBER, Runs 105 Minutes, Rated R.
See you soon,
At The Movies.
Summer is here and we are already in to the blockbuster movie season so, let’s run down the Box Office recently for some of the current movies out for the last weeks in June.
Topping the Box Office at at Number ONE is Men In Black International at $30.1 Million, coming in at Number TWO is The Secret Life of Pets 2 at $24.4 Million, rounding the bend with $14.4 Million is Aladin at a respectable Number THREE. Bringing up the rear but still hanging in there at a whopping $9.4 Million we have a tie between Rocketman and Dark Phoenix locked in at Number FOUR and last but certainly not least in the Number FIVE position Shaft with $8.9 Million. All still worth taking a look see at if you haven’t already done so.
Recently hitting the Big Screen are Toy Story 4, Child’s Play and Anna.
Toy Story 4 from Pixar, Walt Disney Pictures, “Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they’re worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.” Run Time: 90 Minutes
Child’s Play, Rated R from Orion Pictures, Katz Smith Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer,“After moving to a new city, young Andy Barclay receives a special present from his mother -- a seemingly innocent Buddi doll that becomes his best friend. When the doll suddenly takes on a life of its own, Andy unites with other neighborhood children to stop the sinister toy from wreaking bloody havoc.” Run Time: 90 Minutes
Then there’s Anna from Summit Entertainment and Rated R, “Beneath a woman’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the most feared assassins on the planet.” Run Time: 118 Minutes
It is certainly a great summer and a great time to get out of the heat and into a new adventure At The Movies.
Time to head for the Big Screen and get lost in a great new movie adventure and there are lots of great movies out there right now that you can experience.
First, If Action is your genre then you have to venture out and duck into
John Wick: Chapter 3, Parabellum.
From Lionsgate, “In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, super-assassin John Wick (Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.” John Wick: Chapter 3, Parabellum, Rated R and Runs 131 Minutes.
Next, POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU,
Rated: PG from Warner Bros. Pictures
“The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City - a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world - they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.” POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU, Runs: 104 Minutes
Last but certainly Not Least,
THE HUSTLE from MGM and Rated: PG13, Runs: 93 Minutes. “Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway have winning chemistry as a pair of con artists plying their trade in a stunning seaside town in the south of France. Josephine Chesterfield (Hathaway) is a glamorous, seductive Brit with a sprawling home in Beaumont-sur-Mer and a penchant for defrauding gullible wealthy men from all corners of the world. Into her well-ordered, meticulously moneyed world bursts Penny Rust (Wilson), an Aussie who is as free-form and fun-loving as Josephine is calculated and cunning. Where Penny amasses wads of cash by ripping off her marks in neighborhood bars, Josephine fills her safe with massive diamonds after ensnaring her prey in glitzy casinos. Despite their different methods, both are masters of the art of the fleece so they con the men that have wronged women. Wilson’s talent for physicality and Hathaway’s withering wit are a combustible combination as the pair of scammers pull out all the stops to swindle a naïve tech billionaire (Alex Sharp).”
See you soon, At The Movies.
Avengers Endgame is out at theaters everywhere and even though it was greatly anticipated opening Box Office Totals did not disappoint. It’s opening weekend Endgame brought a whopping $350.1 Million Dollars.
I have to say I found the first part of the movie extremely slow and, at least to me, boring. It creeped along like molasses. I know huge fans are not going to like me saying that but just my opinion, sorry.
Rest assured that once the action starts it becomes a whole other movie as the action starts to lick into high gear.
Avengers: Endgame: follows up on last year’s Infinity War, which ended with half of all life being snapped into oblivion by big bad Thanos, by bringing together the remaining heroes to figure out if there’s anything they can do to fix the situation. You’ll love the epic battles, poignant character moments, and suitably satisfying conclusions. Avengers: Endgame is everything Marvel fans could hope for. Definitely a Must See. From Marvel Studios Runs 142 minutes, Rated PG-13
If Endgame is just not scary enough for you then you need to watch The Curse of La Llorona. From New Line Cinema; “In 1970’s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night -- and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment. A social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope to survive La Llorona’s deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide. Rated R, runs 93 minutes
Then it’s time to let your inner Super Hero out of it’s shell. Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) finds out that by shouting out one word--SHAZAM!--this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities and it’s on like Donkey Kong.
From New Line Cinema Rated PG-13.
See Ya Soon, At The Movies.
Wow, how great is movie going these days? Whole lot of great movies at your local theaters.
No matter what genre you prefer it’s all At The Movies right now.
The New Captain Marvel was riding way high at the Box Office until just recently when a bunch of new movies have come along.
From Marvel Studios and Rated “PG 13” join Captain Marvel “Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
From Tyler Perry Studios it’s A Madea Family Funeral, Rated “PG 13” and it’s Perry Good. “A joyous reunion in small-town Georgia turns into an unexpected nightmare when Madea, Joe, Aunt Bam and other family members gather for an anniversary party that turns out to be a sham. Instead of fun and relaxation, Madea and the gang soon find themselves attending an elaborate funeral that doesn’t quite go according to plan.”
From Universal Pictures and Rated “R” it’s US.
“Haunted by an unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent.”
Do yourself a favor soon and get out of the heat and into a great new movie.
At The Movies.
Great time to run to the movies with flicks like Glass, The Upside and Aquaman still near the top of the box office.
From Paramount Pictures and “inspired by the Nancy Meyers hit romantic comedy WHAT WOMEN WANT, this film follows the story of a female sports agent (Taraji P. Henson) who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power to hear men’s thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar“.
Next, from Columbia Pictures, Canana Films, Misher Films comes Miss Bala. “A young woman battles a ruthless drug cartel to save her kidnapped friend in Mexico. Gloria (Gina Rodriguez) finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength. Rated: PG13, Run Time: 104 Mins
Many of us have long been awaiting the next film from San Antonio Director Robert Rodriguez. You remember him. He’s the guy who along with local boy Carlos Gallardo rose to fame for their collaboration on “El Mariachi”. Wait no more, the time has come.
From 20th Century Fox, Director “Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY) and visionary filmmaker James Cameron (AVATAR) comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past - she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.” Rated: PG13, Run Time: 125 Mins.
Truly a must see. So jump into a theater near you soon and check things out as you immerse yourself in to a great adventure on screen At The Movies.
We’re approaching the downhill of the, oh so short, Holiday season and the movies are still becoming you to a nearby theater.
Have you had a chance to see any of the season’s latest? Yes ? No?
Did you catch Jaime Fox in the latest version of Robin Hood? Rated: PG13 from Summit Entertainment, this latest adaptation of the classic tale
Robin of Loxley, played by Taron Egerton, a war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander who is played by a one armed Jamie Foxx. Together they mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance.
Be prepared though, this script portrays the church as the greedy, money hungry, controlling entity some truly believe it is. One which created Hell and it’s demons to keep the flock in check.
Runtime is; 116 Minutes.
What about the latest with Liam Neeson, kind of, WIDOWS?
I say kind of because Liam’s part though integral to the story is quite short overall.
“From Academy Award (R)-winning director Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. “Widows” is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities.
Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar (R) winner Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. “Widows” also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry.”
From 20th Century Fox “Widows” runs 128 Minutes.
Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year at The Movies.
Holiday Movies have been out for a few weeks now and for the most part most of them seem to be doing quite well.
The latest in the Harry Potter series is here. Fantastic Beast, The Crimes of Grindelwald hit screens all over the world recently and even though it did not do as well as has been expected id did well enough at the Box Office to come up with the number one slot.
Johnny Depp may or may not have had a bit to do with that Box Office since he played a major role in the film, the role of Grindelwald himself.
The film starts off with Grindelwald in custody and about to be transferred to Europe to answer for his crimes there as well. Quickly things go wrong and Grindelwald is loose and on the lamb.
Certainly a Must See if your a fan of the series itself and even if your not.
Fantastic Beast, Crimes of Grindelwald is from Warner Bros. Pictures, Rated PG13 and Runs 134 Minutes.
The QUEEN Bio Pic Bohemian Rhapsody from 20th Century Fox, a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury (played by Rami Malek), who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day. Bohemian Rhapsody, Rated PG13 and also Runs 134 Minutes.
Time to escape a dull reality and duck into your latest adventure At The Movies. Enjoy.
The latest installment in the Halloween Movie series is out and at a theater near you.
Michael Myers escapes and Jamie Lee Curtis is ready for him and ready for bear in her cabin in the woods that’s all decked out with surprises for Michael Myers and enough weapons to stock a small fortress.
Not much has changed as far as Michael Myers, he is the same, silent, cold blooded killer he’s always been and proves it during his escape and a Halloween Night that follows in town.
With all the children dressed in their great Halloween costumes Michael arrives and starts taking people out one by one in no specific order. Meanwhile Laurie Strode has been ready and waiting for this night for years. The moment she finds out that Michael is free she starts hunting him down along with all the other Law Enforcement in the area. Needless to say things get bloody and crazy for everyone involved.
Halloween is at a theater near you right now. If your a fan, you won’t want to miss this one. Rated R the movie Runs 109 Minutes.
A Star Is Born, The Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga remake of the Barbara Streisand / Kris Kristofferson from 1976 is holding it’s own after a mild box office opening weekend.
From Warner Bros. Pictures, a tragic love story with Bradley Cooper playing a seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with a struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). Ally has just about given up on her dream to make it big until Jack talks her back into the spotlight. Even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is falling apart with Jack fighting an ongoing battle with his own demons. A Star Is Born, Rated R and Runs 135 Minutes.
If your into Sci-Fi, VENOM is the flick for you. From Columbia Pictures.
An alien from another world turns Superhero of sorts. Journalist Eddie Brock hoping for a comeback following a scandal, accidentally becomes the life host of an alien symbiote that gives him a violent yet interesting alter-ego,Venom. Together with their newfound powers they team up to protect the world from a shadowy organization looking for a symbiote of their own.
VENOM is Rated PG13 and Runs 112 Minutes. A Good Choice.
See you soon, At The Movies.
There have been some good movies out this summer and there have been some that have not been so good. Right now there are a couple of interesting one to choose from so it’s a great time to duck out of this crazy Texas weather and into your favorite movie theater.
One film you should consider if you like a sophisticated, murder mystery is
“A Simple Favor”.
From Lionsgate Studio, A Simple Favor is; a stylish post-modern film directed by Paul Feig It centers around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy blogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily’s husband Sean (Henry Golding) in this thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge.
Rated; R and Runs: 116 Minutes
The New Predator Topped the Box Office for several weeks and follows the episode with Danny Glover and Gary Busey all to close. This time the Predators are back on mother earth and battling each other while trying to stay away from human predators themselves.
A Predator ship being perused by a squad of predators itself, crash lands on earth after being shot down in the chase. It’s sole occupant is captured but not before loosing some important technology. Now both the U.S. Government is trying to find it and so are the alien predators that were perusing the ship.
From 20th Century Fox; the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.
So duck out of this crazy South Texas Weather and into a great escape, At The Movies.