Now in Theaters: 5 New Movies for the Weekend of May 31

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Welcome back to "Now in Theaters: 5 New Movies for the Weekend."

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

The plot of Godzilla: King of the Monsters doesn't matter at all. The only thing that matters is that Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah are going to be smashing into each other for two hours, and King Ghidorah is the coolest kaiju, straight-up. This is the Godzilla movie you played out with your toys as a kid and that I still play out as a giant man-child, albeit very gently because all my Godzilla figures are mint-in-box.


Rocketman (2019) - Official Trailer - Paramount

Rocketman is a musical biopic about Elton John's rise to fame. Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) looks great as the larger-than-life musician, and early reviews have praised his performance. The color palette looks bright and vibrant, mirroring Elton John's glittery persona. If you're a fan of Elton John's music (honestly, who isn't?), this looks like one of the better musician biopics in recent years.


MA - Official

Ma's premise is so stupid. Like, inconceivably stupid. It's a horror movie where the killer is a random lady (Octavia Spencer, way too talented for this) who lets teenagers drink at her house, and the teenagers accept her invitation because apparently, they have never heard of stranger danger. If the entire conflict of a movie can be solved by everyone agreeing not to go to a stranger's house, is that even a conflict? I like terrible movies, though, so I kind of want to see it.


Always Be My Maybe

Always Be My Maybe | Trailer |

Co-written by and starring both Ali Wong and Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat), Always Be My Maybe is a romantic comedy about two childhood friends who should probably end up together, except one of them is hooking up with Daniel Dae Kim and then Keanu Reeves. Ali Wong is a really great comedian, so it'll probably be pretty funny, and it's always great to see Randall Park getting more work, especially as a leading man. It's on Netflix this weekend, so definitely check it out.


DOMINO Official Trailer (2019) Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brian De Palma Movie

Poor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau just can't catch a break. First, his entire character arc was destroyed in the final season of Game of Thrones. Now, he's starring in this absolute clunker. But how can you tell Domino is a clunker without even seeing it? Great question! Normally, action movies put high-octane action scenes in the trailer. Domino decided to go the much less established route and have a man falling very, very slowly from a low roof. Someone, please get Nikolaj Coster-Waldau a new agent.

Playbill for Bohemian Rhapsody Soho, London

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Bohemian Rhapsody: Biopic or Two Hour Music Video?​

Bryan Singer (and his last-minute replacement Dexter Fletcher) make a stiff, enjoyable mess of iconic source material.

Bohemian Rhapsody: The Movie - Official Teaser Trailer (HD)

Biopics are hard. Summarizing the impact of an iconic figure into a two hour block of time often means big pieces of that person's story are going to be changed, or omitted completely. Bohemian Rhapsody doesn't quite suffer from this problem, since instead of giving us the life of Freddie Mercury as a story, it opts for a sanitized montage of the band's career highlights. Mercury is the main character, but the protagonist of this film is Queen.

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Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers – First Look

The actor is a dead ringer for beloved TV legend

Won't you be my neighbor?

For those of us lucky enough to have grown up watching Mr. Rogers on television, learning and loving with the tender-hearted, open-minded, mild mannered man made a positive impression in so many ways. While the fantastic Fred Rogers is no longer with us, his spirit and memory lives on.

Then there's acclaimed actor Tom Hanks - one of today's finest actors who has won our hearts by taking on some of cinema's most noteworthy roles, with a real-life personality that seems refreshingly unfazed by his success, riches, or fame. Who better to play the part of Mr. Rogers on the big screen? And, yes, this is happening.

While the still untitled movie is not set to hit theaters until October 2019, fans of both Rogers and Hanks can't wait to see how the actor will transform into the man who made "Won't you be my neighbor?" the question kids loved to hear day in and day out. And transform he did, as a first peek of Hanks as Mr. Rogers has been released by Sony Pictures as a "first look" photo.

In Rogers' classic ensemble go-to, Hanks is cheerfully clad in a bright red cardigan, comfortable yet sensible beige slacks, a buttoned up shirt and tie, and a pair of casual blue sneakers. His gray hair is plainly parted to the side and his warm smile evokes the one children felt comforted by when the real Mr. Rogers was on their TV set.

So, what can we expect from the movie? As per Yahoo! Movies, "The film is based on the true story of the friendship between the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood host and journalist Tom Junod. In the movie, Matthew Rhys (The Americans) plays Junod, a jaded magazine writer who is reluctantly assigned to profile Rogers. He ends up being so moved by Rogers' kindness and empathy that he overcomes his skepticism and has a renewed look on life."

It's hard to believe that Mister Rogers' Neighborhoodran for 31 seasons (ending in 2001) but easy to understand why the program lasted as long as it did. Parents felt good about TV time when goodness and graciousness was brought into their children's lives by way of entertainment.

Rogers' passing in 2003 was a sad day for his family, friends, and fans around the world but Hanks' talent will give us all a chance to relive some of life's finer moments - this time on a bigger screen with a bigger budget. But the essence of Mr. Rogers is sure to shine through, giving us hope and happiness even in tumultuous times. October '19 can't come soon enough!

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MOVIE REVIEW | “Rebel in the Rye” explores life and loves of J.D. Salinger

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J.D. Salinger is attributed with the quote, "People never notice anything," but J.D. Salinger wasn't your average person.

Known for writing what is considered one of the best coming-of-age novels during the past century, gaining fame only to become a notoriously private recluse, J.D. Salinger was likely on your high school required reading (and if you have literary nerd friends, they probably have a lot of feelings regarding The Catcher in the Rye). But how much do you know about the man behind one of literature's most curious characters?

Written by and also acting as the directorial debut for Danny Strong (Gilmore Girls and Mad Men, among others), Rebel in the Rye tells the coming-of-age story of J.D. Salinger (Nicholas Hoult) as he finds his voice in a mid-century New York City and the inspiration within himself for the legendary Holden Caulfield character. We see him go from a sarcastic youth smoking and dancing in jazz clubs, to an ambitious published author, to shaken combat soldier at the height of World War II – the last of which would be the event that would help crystalize his final creation of Caulfield and send him directly into stardom.

Along the way we're introduced to the strongest influences in Salinger's life, including his Columbia professor turned mentor Whit Burnett (Kevin Spacey) and first love Oona O'Neill (Zoey Deutch), and how his experiences shaped the lines in stories that generations of readers have read and fallen in love with. Traveling around New York, we follow Salinger as he goes from frustrated youth to success story, only to discover that the side effects of fame are not all he had originally dreamed out.

If you're a lover of period pieces, you'll fall for the big band music and the quirky dialogue of the characters (a young Salinger certainly calls a fair few people a "phony"). However, if you believe anything from Sundance Film Festival reviews, this film will fall short. This is no fault of the actors for each does an impeccable job on the screen. Deutch allows us to fall for Oona just as young "Jerry" Salinger does, and Hoult, despite being far more attractive than the actual author, portrays the many moods of the author powerfully.

The issue many instead have is with Strong's efforts to depict the intensity of the creative process, and no one caring about it.

As sexy as it looks to see Hoult as a never-aging Salinger furiously smoking cigarettes and writing about his woes over a typewriter or demanding that The New Yorker not make edits to his story because of his deep emotional attachment to the characters, it's not very sympathetic. Once Salinger does go through the life-changing experiences of war and finds success his quirks might become tiresome. Additionally, because it's a biopic, there's no way to brighten up the dullness that was Salinger's later years in life: he escaped to a farm in New Hampshire with the large sums from Catcher, eventually put up a large wooden fence, and wrote in his office for himself until his passing in 2010. It's far from the glamour one might picture from people living at the height of short story craze, but in all of its disorganized narrative it still remains feeling true to the disorganized truth of reality.

Throughout the film, Burnett reminds young Salinger that no person is truly a writer until they know that they will write regardless if anyone else is reading their work or if they're getting paid. If you don't consider yourself a "true writer" or a huge Salinger fan, the chances of you fawning over this film are likely bleak. You'll probably find yourself bored by the visual depiction of the creative process. However, if your weapon is the pen, it's certainly worth 100 minutes of your time, if only to learn about what it means to be a tortured artist.

Rebel in the Rye will be distributed by IFC Films and released in theatres September 15.

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