THE BIG SICK Score A
Rating: R Length: 119 minutes
You are in for a treat if you liked WHEN HARRY MET SALLY. That was director Rob Reiner’s 1989 film classic, written by Nora Ephron (and starring Billy Crystal). You will absolutely love this very clever and extremely well written romantic comedy. Yes, there is romance and yes, finally — we have a comedy that is really laugh out loud funny.
The star of THE BIG SICK is Kumail Nanjiani, the star of “Silicon Valley”. He and his wife Emily V. Gordon co-wrote the true story of an interracial Pakistani-American relationship. Emily is played in the film by Zoe Kazan. Oscar winner Holly Hunter and Emmy champion Ray Romano are absolutely terrific in this movie. THE BIG SICK is directed by Michael Showalter, who himself is a noted comedian.
This past week THE BIG SICK opened with limited release in New York and Los Angeles. With rave reviews and strong box office, this film is already an Oscar contender. What is “strong box office”? Playing to sell-out crowds on just five screens, THE BIG SICK took in $435,000. That translates into a per screen average of $87,000 — which is the best to-date opening this year! Put this movie at the top of your list.
THE BEGUILED (2017) Score: B
Rating: R Length: 94 minutes
Like THE BIG SICK, THE BEGUILED opened with limited release in New York and Los Angeles this past week. Again, to rave reviews and strong box office. THE BEGUILED was only on four screens and earned an impressive per screen average of $60K.
This was one of the “buzzed” movies at the Cannes Film Festival. It is a remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood classic Western. This remake is directed by Hollywood royalty Sofia Coppola, who won Best Director at Cannes.
The story is set during the Civil War and includes three remarkable performances from Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell and Kirsten Dunst. If you love a story about betrayal and revenge, put this movie at the top of your must-see list.
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Score: A
Rating: PG-13 Length: 133 minutes
The screening audience loved the energy of this great new film from start to finish. I certainly did. Six writers contributed to the story under the direction of Jon Watts. Tom Holland is a great Peter Parker. He is loaded with charisma and charm.
This is the first Spider-Man movie that Sony has produced with Marvel Studios. I am so happy for this marriage. One of my all time cinema heroes (both on screen and in real life) allows Robert Downey Jr. to play a major role in HOMECOMING, as Iron Man, a.k.a. Tony Stark.
If I had to use just one word to entice you to read my full review next week, it would be FUN. While some will be critical of the length and too much plot — another film hero, Michael Keaton, is absolutely outstanding and seems in the end to tie everything together. There is obviously an inside joke regarding Keaton as BATMAN and BIRDMAN, but you will find no spoilers in next week’s review.