It’s a very special day-drinking edition of Wine the Flick?! One of my dearest friends, the brilliant film critic Amy Nicholson, joins me to talk about “Coco” over a couple of glasses of cabernet. We met up at the Snow White Cafe, down Hollywood Boulevard from the historic El Capitan Theatre, to discuss the Pixar extravaganza about a Mexican boy who travels to the Land of the Dead to pursue his dreams of becoming a musician. (Amy liked it more than I did.) Click, clink and enjoy.
Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” is the best film of 2017. This story of unexpected first love set in northern Italy during the summer of 1983 is lushly beautiful and achingly sad, with pitch-perfect performances from Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer. It left me a sobbing mess. Come swoon with me at RogerEbert.com. It’s my first four-star review of the year.
There’s a tiny, little art film that came out this weekend. It’s playing in just a few theaters so I wanted to steer your attention to it — and I wanted to discuss it with my only friend who’s knowledgeable about this obscure subject matter. I’m talking, of course, about “Justice League.” Our good friend Adam Mendes, who’s a serious Batman geek, was the perfect companion for a screening of the latest DC Comics blockbuster. He joined me at the ArcLight Hollywood this week for drinks and conversation afterward. (Spoiler: Adam liked it A LOT more than I did.) Click, clink and enjoy.
What a wonderful surprise this movie is. It looks like a mawkish family drama about a young boy who overcomes a genetic abnormality and finds some happiness in the world. But it ends up being genuinely moving, thanks to strong performances from Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson and (mostly) understated direction from Stephen Chbosky. You’ll shed a few tears — especially if you’re a parent — and they’ll be earned. My RogerEbert.com review.
As director, writer and star, Marianna Palka has come up with a creative, provocative concept with “Bitch”: She plays an overwhelmed, underappreciated wife and mother who snaps one day and starts living life as a dog. But Palka has trouble balancing dark comedy with dire melodrama, struggling to find the right tone as she blend so many wildly different and difficult kinds of movie at once. My RogerEbert.com review.