Friday, February 14, 2020

Weekend Movie Guide

Will Ferrell & Julia Louis-Dreyfus (r) star in Downhill

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - 4 Stars.  Tarantino's tribute to 1969 LA, and the madness of the Manson murders.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood - 4 Stars. Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers befriends cynical journalist Matthew Rhys in a touching "Can you believe this guy?" story.

Ford v Ferrari - 4 Stars. Ford Motor's Carroll Shelby & driver Ken Miles pair up to win the Le Mans competition in the 1960s. Matt Damon & Christian Bale, plus great production and an old school script make magic.

Little Women - 4 Stars. Energetic, entertaining reboot of the classic, directed with a sure hand by Greta Gerwig.

Harley Quinn:  Birds of Prey - 3 1/2 Stars.  Outrageous feminist fun.  Margot Robbie and cast kick a**.

Parasite - 3½ Stars. Korean comedy/horror thriller. Lower class family worms their way into a 1% family. Then fun begins, including a couple of off-the-rails twists.

Jojo Rabbit - 3½ Stars. A young German boy conjures Hitler as his imaginary friend during World War II. Great acting. Threads the needle between comedy and tragedy.

Just Mercy - 3 Stars. Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx performances make this inspirational story worth watching.

1917 - 3 Stars. Sure-handed World War I drama features technical achievement of appearing uncut.

Knives Out - 3 Stars. Gentle parody of classic who-done-it stories. Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer and a cast of thousands.

The Gentlemen - 2 1/2 Stars.  Matthew McConaughey and friends laugh their way through a British crime caper.

Bad Boys for Life - 2 1/2 Stars.  Better than expected sequel with Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, a new younger cast and a few grandpa jokes.

Downhill - 2 1/2 Stars. Julia Louis-Dreyfu and Will Ferrell comic remake of unnerving Swedish film about an unraveling marriage. 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - 2 Stars. Finally! It's over.

Uncut Gems - 1 Star. Adam Sandler tries something different. Good luck liking this character.

Didn't See it, Don't Wanna See itIn honor of my increasing grumpiness toward the new world of movies...

Cats - Sorry, but I don't have the brain cells to waste.

Joker - Saw it, wish I hadn't.