Each week we update you on what new films are hitting cinemas around town with mini-reviews so you can impress your friends with your critical eye and all the movie trivia you know 😉 What’s in store for movie lovers this week?? A road trip in the Deep South in Green Book, an utterly fearless and rebellious reporter with an eyepatch in A Private War, a fun-filled animated tale in Cats, and a giant, predator city on wheels in Mortal Engines.
Popcorn bonus inside!
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83% Fresh (Critics) – 95% Fresh (Audience)
The plot: When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a working-class bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan in the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism in the 1960s, danger-as well as unexpected humanity and humor-they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.
A Private War
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89% Fresh (Critics) – 68% Fresh (Audience)
The plot: One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike) is an utterly fearless and rebellious reporter, who illegally crosses the Syrian borders in 2012 to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado. After being hit by a grenade in Sri Lanka, she wears a distinctive eye patch and is still as comfortable sipping martinis with London’s elite as she is confronting dictators. Colvin sacrifices loving relationships, and over time, her personal life starts to unravel as the trauma she’s witnessed takes its toll while covering the war in the most dangerous Zone under ISIS.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: No score yet
The plot: A fun-filled animated tale of a cat and his son who’s out on an adventure to find cat paradise! A cat named Blanket has long been living in a high-rise apartment in the city with his son, Cloak. One day, curious about the outside world, Cloak decides to leave home to find the legendary cat’s paradise. To find his son, Blanket must overcome his fear and reconcile with his past, with the help of a female Macaw.
Popcorn bonus: Cats is based on the original film adaptation of the musical “CATS”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Not available (Critics) – 94% Fresh (Audience)
The plot: Hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, a mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), emerges as the only one who can stop London — now a giant, predator city on wheels — from devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head.