Seems like the perfect weekend for a movie, doesn’t it? If you agree and are about to dump a pile of cash at a theater, make sure it’s for something GOOD. Here are the “Julie Says So” TOP 5 MOVIES to See Right Now, and stay to the end for some Scary Movie options.
5. Writer/Director Drew Goddard is one of those “expect the unexpected” kind of guys. If you’ve seen his work before, like Cabin in the Woods, Cloverfield, or the episodes of Lost he wrote, you probably already know that Bad Times at the El Royale isn’t what it seems. It is packed with surprises though, a phenomenal cast (Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Nick Offerman), and has the benefit of a nearly-shirtless Chris Hemsworth throughout.
4. Gilda Radner kept detailed, emotional journals throughout her life and, in this documentary, they are read aloud by the likes of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Melissa McCarthy. Love, Gilda is a wonderful tribute to Radner’s life, and it’s packed with surprising little tidbits. For example, did you know that she dated almost all of the Ghostbusters? Go Gilda!
3. Think a movie about mountain climbing sounds boring? Not when it’s about Alex Honnold, the first person to ever Free Solo the 3,000 foot El Capitan. If you’re not familiar with the term, “free solo” means to climb without ropes or safety gear. That’s why this will be the most gripping (pun intended) movie you’ll see all year. Watch the Free Solo trailer below to see why you should wear your brown pants to it.
2. Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong in First Man, in the years leading up to his first moon-walk. Director Damian Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash) makes this more of a character study, so don’t expect Gravity-like special effects. You’ll still feel like you’re sitting inside Apollo 11 with Armstrong, which occasionally makes First Man feel like a horror movie (in a good way).
1. I wonder what little bird whispered into Bradley Cooper’s ear and told him to not only try directing, but to also start with A Star is Born. His version is so gorgeously shot and surprisingly sweet, it’s hard to believe it came from Rocket Raccoon. See A Star is Born first (read my Mommy Movie Review HERE if you want to take your kids) but prepare to be emotionally gutted.
Finally, I’d like to mention 2 Scary Movies for Kids that happen to be in theaters at the exact same time. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween opens this weekend, but The House with a Clock in its Walls has been out for a few weeks now. It’s easy to get them confused, since they both star Jack Black and have the same eerie tone, but one is far better than the other. If your kids are asking to see one of them, know that The House With a Clock in its Walls is superior, but it’s also MUCH scarier. Watch the trailer with your kids before seeing it so they know what they’re getting into. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween also shoots for scares, but it’s too similar to the first Goosebumps movie to be very surprising. This might be better for youngsters who want to see a “scary movie” without really being scared. You can find more Movies for Kids HERE and have a fun weekend at the movies!