These are in no particular order or ranking. I watched them within the past month and now suggesting them in these strange times. Watch them at your own discretion.
Instant Family (2018) is sort of a feel good movie in a realistic kind of way. It’s about a couple who vowed never to have children until a combination of peer pressure and growing up even more catapults them to be foster parents. The characters of Peter and Elle, played by Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, decide to foster three children. The biggest challenge for them is Lizzie, played by Isabela Merced. The ending is a little over the top, but there’s enough places to laugh in this comedy and drama movie. It also stars Gustavo Escobar, Julianna Gamiz, Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro, and Margo Martindale. It’s one hour and 58 minutes long with a MPAA rating of PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual material, language, and some drug references. It is written by Sean Anders and John Morris and directed by Sean Anders.
Instant Family gets FOUR FINGERS of GREAT at 87%
Suburbicon (2017) is not a feel good movie but more of a commentary on family violence and societal norms. It’s about a neighborhood utopia with the greenest of lawns and the whitest of painted houses. When a family not like the rest is combined with Gardner Lodge’s, played by Matt Damon, own weird family dynamics, it results in murder and deceit. It also stars Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe, Glenn Fleshler, Alex Hassell, and Oscar Issac. The comedy, crime, drama movie is a little disjointed but the theme is probably this: if you allow self-destruction into your home, it will keep manifesting if you don’t watch out. It’s one hour and 45 minutes long with a MPAA rating of R for violence, language, and some sexuality. It is written by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, George Clooney, and Grant Heslov and directed by George Clooney.
Suburbicon gets THREE FINGERS of GOOD at 78%.
Pacific Heights (1990) is enough to scare anyone from getting into the business of owning rental properties. It’s about a couple, Patty and Drake, played by Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine, choosing Carter Hayes, played by Michael Keaton. When no one seems to believe the trouble Carter is causing, Patty and Drake take matters into their own hands in this thriller. It also stars Mako, Nobu McCarthy, Laurie Metcalf, and Luca Bercovici. It’s one hour and 42 minutes long with a MPAA rating of R. It is written by Daniel Pyne and directed by John Schlesinger.
Pacific Heights gets THREE FINGERS of GOOD at 80%.
The Favourite (2018) is about Queen Anne, played by Olivia Colman, and the competition between two women helping her in her later years. Lady Sarah and Abigail, played by Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, do whatever they can to hold favor. This biography, drama, history movie lags in a few scenes and I almost wanted to see more desperation with Lady Sarah and Abigail in their rivalry. It also stars Mark Gatiss, James Smith, Paul Swaine, Faye Daveney, and Emma Delves. It’s one hour and 59 minutes long with a MPAA rating of R for strong sexual content, nudity and language. It is written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.
Mash (1970) is the movie that spawned the television series about the medical staff in Korea during the war. As much as this movie is revered and recognized in Hollywood, there were some parts I think could have been edited down further. This being said the tricks played on each other was a necessity to counterbalance the realities of war such as the soldiers they couldn’t save on the operating table. The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital with Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John McIntyre, and Duke Forrest, played by Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould, and Tom Skerritt is what holds this comedy and war movie together. It also stars Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, Roger Bowen, and Rene Auberjonois. It’s one hour and 56 minutes long with a MPAA rating of R for sexual content. It is written by Ring Lardner Jr. and based on the novel by Richard Hooker and directed by Robert Altman.
Mash earns THREE FINGERS of GOOD at 80%.