The Oscar Project
With Avengers: Endgame still dominating the box office for a few more weeks, the studios are dropping some simpler fair. Look for some laughs this weekend and an interesting batch of foreign films in the limited releases.
I haven't seen much about this film until now but I'm genuinely intrigued by the potential it has, mainly to make me laugh. Wilson has proven herself to be a rising star in comedic roles after bursting on the scene in the Pitch Perfect films and Hathaway is an established star who has shown the ability to excel in comedy and drama.
The combination of these two women as con artists in The Hustle gives me hope for the genre of comedy moving forward. I hope this film gives us what is promised in the trailer, two women who are getting the better of the men they run into by proving they are smarter and better prepared. My only worry is that it ultimately devolves into one of the two leads falling for their "mark" and taking a turn down romantic comedy lane.
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
We've arrived in a new era of Pokémon films with Detective Pikachu. Gone are the choppy, anime style animations that made this character famous around the world, and he's now voiced by Ryan Reynolds and animated in fully integrated CGI.
The story here is that Pikachu meets up with detective Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) to help Goodman find his father. The twist is that Goodman can understand Pikachu, where anyone else hears him saying nothing but "pika pika."
From the outside, this film looks like it took some visual cues from the original Blade Runner film in terms of styling the cityscapes. I didn't see any trace of the bright colors from the card game and cartoons, aside from some of favorite Pokémon that appear in the trailer.
What happens when you set Bring It On in a retirement community? YOu get Poms.
Diane Keaton stars in this film as Martha, a women who has moved into a retirement community with no intentions of participating in the hundreds of clubs and activities they have available. That is until her new friend Sheryl (Jacki Weaver) discovers that Martha was once a cheerleader. The pair start up a cheer club and eventually enter a cheer competition only to discover they are no match for the teenage girls they are competing against.
Enlisting the help of a young cheer coach (Alisha Boe), they begin to discover their true abilities and put away any fear they might have had about their passions.
This film was only supposed to be a limited release this weekend, but fortunately it has been expanded to a wide release, estimated to be hitting around 1300 screens this weekend. I'm so happy to hear that and was immediately interested in this film when I first heard about it some months back.
I make it no secret that I'm a Lord of the Rings nut. I loved the books and think Peter Jackson did an incredible job bringing them to life on the screen. That said, Peter Jackson is not directing here, but there are still hints of what he put in the films in the trailer for this film.
Exploring the early years of J. R. R. Tolkien and how they shaped his writing, Tolkien looks at his time in the army during WWI, young love, and the Inklings, a group of fellow writers that included Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?