Men In Black: International
The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.
Completely unnecessary cash grab that is passable entertainment but can’t really be classified as enjoyable entertainment. Strictly Redbox fodder. Nothing to see here.
I love when Scott says “fodder”. I’m in complete agreement. Some entertainment to be had, but not enough to warrant a recommendation.
Oscar (R) winner Octavia Spencer stars as Sue Ann, a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town (Diana Silvers, Glass), to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her own. She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober. Don’t curse. Never go upstairs. And call her “Ma.” But as Ma’s hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma’s place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth.
I haven’t seen Ma yet, but the premise and Octavia Spencer intrigue the hell out of me. Spencer is a great actress and it’s nice to see her dip her foot in the deep end of the horror waters. Out of the movies being released this week, Ma is the one I’m most looking forward to.
Ma is an above-average horror flick. Octavia is basically a lock to have a great performance. My only issue with Ma was that it could have been better with a tweak here and there. It is pretty paint-by-numbers, but a solid flick nonetheless. Without Spencer? Well, let’s not go there.
The story follows Dever and Feldstein’s characters, two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high school graduation, suddenly realize that they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.
I have seen Booksmart taking some heat on social media lately and I just don’t get it. Most of what I’ve read has compared Booksmart to Good Boys, but I don’t see the point. Booksmart is a very smart and very funny film that features top-notch performances by Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein as well as an auspicious directorial debut from Olivia Wilde. This one is not to be missed.
Booksmart is good, but not as great as some will tell you. I thought it was funny and well-done, but not the masterpiece some say it was. I absolutely will recommend it, but don’t buy into all the hype.
Okay, so if we are going by films I have actually seen, you have to go out and grab Booksmart. But my pick of the week is Ma. Only because I’m a sucker for horror films that have the chance of being semi-decent. Next week we have two big films being released. One is great and one is not. John Wick 3: Parabellum and Aladdin. Have a great week you filthy animals.
Looking for a comedy? Booksmart. Looking for some horror to kickstart the Halloween season? Ma. Looking for nonsensical “fodder”? Men in Black. We’ll see ya next week!