Mack & Rita (August 12)
This new comedy from actress Elizabeth Lail is a fun, silly movie with an endearing message about aging and finding your inner wisdom. The film stars Dustin Milligan, Amy Hill, and Lois Smith. It also stars Diane Keaton, and has an impressive supporting cast. Mack & Rita opens in theaters nationwide on August 12.
“Mack & Rita” has some funny moments and some truly squeamish moments. As an elderly woman in a young man’s body, Keaton is charming, but it’s a little too broad in parts. There’s some second-hand embarrassment, but she’s still charming. While the film’s premise is silly, it’s worth watching for the charismatic performances and earnest message.
The film is a broad comedy and more in line with the work of Ol Parker than Keaton’s work. It treats aging as a complex issue and includes some interesting observations about body image and social media. If you are a Keaton fan, Mack & Rita will give you a laugh. Also, you’ll find some poignant observations about the age gap and body image.
The supporting cast of “Mack & Rita” is a pleasant surprise. Taylour Paige and Elizabeth Lail both play strong female roles. The nonagenarian Smith makes a good impression whenever she’s onscreen. The two lead characters are quite well matched by the female ensemble. In fact, this is a movie that will have you cheering for them from the first scene.
Mack & Rita is the third film from the director of Black Rock, a rape revenge thriller that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival ten years ago. Black Rock was her second film, following The Freebie. Aselton’s last movie, Black Rock, was a hit. Despite its sexy title, it’s a funny comedy with a lot of heart.
A number of new dramas are coming out this summer, but only a few will be available in the Valley. This is a good time to watch these new releases. Mack & Rita (August 12) stars Wendie Malick, Diane Keaton, Dustin Milligan, and Patti Harrison. The Beverly Theater will stop the trend of limited Valley screenings. The Beverly Theater is one such place.
Blade Runner: The Final Cut
The acclaimed sci-fi classic, Blade Runner, has inspired passionate debate about its themes and legacy. Harrison Ford is exemplary as a world-weary detective on the hunt for intelligent replicants. This final cut of the film presents additional scenes, production errors, and extra material not seen in the original film. It is remastered to the highest technical standard. A must-see film for fans of science fiction and dystopian movies alike!
The film has been shown in several versions, including a workprint and an international cut. The final cut is the best known of these versions, although there have been many versions of the movie shown over the years. The film’s director, Ridley Scott, has overseen the restoration of all these versions. Regardless of the cut you choose to see, it is worth the price of admission.
The original film was so controversial that executives were concerned it would confuse audiences and lead to a bad reception. Because it wasn’t a test screening-friendly film, executives made some changes. For example, they changed the ending from an open-ended “disappearance” to a traditional “happy end.”
Based on Philip K. Dick’s novel, Blade Runner is a cyberpunk vision of a dystopian future where humans have been replaced by clones and are used for human service in distant colonies. Harrison Ford’s character, Rick Deckard, is a Blade Runner who specializes in terminating these replicants. When four replicants escape, he is forced to return to the police force to find them. Other notable cast members include Daryl Hannah, Edward James Olmos, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young.
The film’s original film, Blade Runner, had high critical acclaim when it was released in 1982. While a remake would have been a travesty, this one avoided that trap. Instead, it did as much to contribute to culture as the original film did. And, it’s worth seeing if you haven’t seen it yet. You don’t want to miss it!
Bodies Bodies Bodies
The title of “Bodies, Bodies, Body Parts” is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the first film in the series. The story revolves around Sophie and Bee (Amandla Stenberg) who are infatuated with each other and have no real idea why. They are brought into an elite group of students by their new friend, Sophie (Chase Sui Wonders), a wealthy college student with a drug problem. Bea struggles to fit in, and her new boyfriend, Greg (Lee Pace), has a problem with her.
“Bodies, Body Parts” is a darkly comic slasher film about a group of college students who meet for a rager weekend at a wealthy house owned by Pete Davidson’s parents. During this weekend, they are caught up in a murder-in-the-dark game, and their only chance to get out alive is to be discovered by their fellow students.
Although it’s a gruesome crime movie with a clever twist, “Bodies, Body Parts” doesn’t do much for the genre. Its ending leaves little room for misinterpretation and spinoffs. In fact, it feels rather toothless. Even if the characters aren’t asking themselves, “What are we trying to say here?” they’re only making the audience wonder.