Friday, January 25, 2019

The Kid Who Would Be King

FamilyFair:  The Kid Who Would Be King  (2019)  PG    King Arthur’s half-sister Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson) is going to take over the world in 4 days in modern times. Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) has found the legendary Sword in the Stone and is able to pull it out. Now Alex and his friends must go on a quest to find the opening of hell and battle Morgana. I loved this film. It’s a great family film with an excellent message for kids. Adults will enjoy this film just as much as the kids will. The cast is outstanding with Angus Imrie playing a young Merlin who makes noises with his hands and mouth to cast spells side-splitting funny. Take you your family and go see this beautiful, entertaining, moving film.   My Rating: I Would Pay to See it Again    The Kid Who Would Be King Website
My View:  Stan & Ollie  (2018)  PG  Once the greatest comedy team in film, Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Hardy (John C. Reilly) attempt to revive their careers as they go on a stage tour of England. First of all, the two leads look so much like Laurel and Hardy (John C. Reilly had to be in the makeup chair for 4 hours each day). It’s a touching tale about two men who just can’t accept that they will never make another film. Both performers are top notch in the film and perfectly do some of Laurel and Hardy’s best bits. It’s a bittersweet film that I hope inspires people to go explore their great library of movies.   My Rating:  Full Price    Stan & Ollie Website
My View:  Serenity  (2019)  R   The past of a fishing boat captain (Matthew McConaughey) comes back to haunt him when his ex-wife (Anne Hathaway) tracks him down with a plea for help. For a good portion of this film, it felt like an R rated version of a lifetime movie. Then something happens (that I didn’t see coming) and this movie gets really good. It’s a bold move, and I applaud writer/director Steven Knight (who also wrote/directed the brilliant 2013 film Locke). McConaughey and Hathaway have great chemistry together. I think most critics are going to kill this film, but I enjoyed it.   My Rating: Bargain Matinee    Serenity Website
My View:  Cold War  (2018)  R  In the 1950s, a music director (Tomasz Kot) tries to get his lover and lead singer (Joanna Kulig) to defect from communist Poland to France. The film with its B&W cinematography perfect sets the mood of the 1950s in Europe. The movie about star-crossed lovers is heartbreakingly beautiful, and the performances are breathtaking, especially Joanna Kulig, who can not only act but also sing, I can’t express just how I loved the look and feel of this movie.  My Rating: Full Price   Cold War Website
Forgotten Film:  The Wedding Banquet  (1993)  R   Wai-Tung (Winston Chao) is a gay young man from Taiwan who lives with his American boyfriend Simon (Mitchell Lichtenstein) in New York City. His parents don’t know he is gay and wonder why he hasn’t found a Chinese woman to marry and start a family. So Wai-Tung sets up a marriage of convenience to a tenant in his building named Wei-Wei (May Chin, who needs a green card. Wai-Tung world spins out of control when he finds out his parents are coming for a visit and they want to host a banquet to celebrate the wedding. This is a hilarious film, where things start going bad and keep getting worse. Unlike the horrible The Birdcage, this treats homosexuality with real characters that are warm and funny. This is a very early film of two-time Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (it was a nominee for the 1994 Best Foreign Language Film).    My Rating: I Would Pay to See it Again    The Wedding Banquet Info

Weird Credits:  From the credits of The Kid Who Would Be King:  Lead Facial Modeler

Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You:  In Like Flynn  (2018)  R   Before Errol Flynn (Thomas Cocquerel)  became a famous actor, Flynn was a bit of a rascal, working in Australia as an opium smuggler, gambler, street fighter, adventurer, gold prospector and of course, womanizer. Errol Flynn is one of my favorite actors so I would love to see his early life.   In Like Flynn Website
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