I’m so glad I had someone to talk about “Annihilation” with me afterward, because there is a LOT to sort through. And I’m so glad that someone was Lisa Evans, a good friend and fellow mom I know from Nic’s former school. Lisa has great taste in movies and she always offers inspired opinions. I’m not sure we came up with any definitive answers after the latest sci-fi mind-fuck from British writer-director Alex Garland, who dazzled us a few years back with the brilliantly trippy “Ex Machina.” But at least we tried over a couple of drinks at the very fancy Century City Mall food court. Click, clink and enjoy.
“Every Day” has a nice idea within nutty packaging. It’s an angsty teen romance based on a Young Adult novel about a spirit — or a soul, or something — that switches bodies every 24 hours. But in one of those bodies, he/she falls for that guy’s girlfriend: a sweet and sincere Maryland high schooler named Rhiannon (Angourie Rice). I have lots of questions about how all this works, but the fundamental notion of appreciating people for who they truly are inside is worthwhile. My mixed review, at RogerEbert.com.
Mark Pellington’s “Nostalgia” is an extremely personal exploration of death, loss and memory. It features a strong cast giving their all, including Jon Hamm, Ellyn Burstyn, Bruce Dern and Catherine Keener. But it is just relentlessly somber. My review, at RogerEbert.com.
It’s the thrilling climax of the “Fifty Shades” series — mainly because it’s so deliriously bonkers and unintentionally hilarious. My dear friend and former fellow school mom Jen Wang came with me to see the original “Fifty Shades of Grey” — and, like me, she was masochistic enough to read all the books — so of course she had to join me for “Fifty Shades Freed.” We giggled and cackled at the ArcLight Hollywood. This might be my favorite Wine the Flick?! yet. Hope you enjoy it, too.
Whitney Cummings tries to breathe new life into the tired, men-are-like-this, women-are-like-this style of romantic comedy both in front of and behind the camera with “The Female Brain.” But the stand-up comedian’s feature filmmaking debut is frustratingly hit-and-miss. My mixed review, at RogerEbert.com.