Friday Morning Coffee — 11/23/18

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Oscar time?

If its December, will your favorite be an Oscar contender?  Lots of movies out this month.  Here are some of them . . .

December 7

Mary Queen of Scots  —  the featured image shows Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan at a screening.  Here is Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I.  The transformation is about as good as Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander.  Mary Stuart tries to overthrow Elizabeth, albeit without success.

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Ben is Back  —  With early Rotten Tomatoes ratings of 84%, and Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges getting praise, Oscar nominations are possible.  Ben is back from rehab, mom is skeptical but will do whatever she can to keep him clean.

December 14

Mary Poppins Returns  —  It’s 1935 London and the children have all grown up.  After a family tragedy, Mary flies in again, umbrella in hand.  With Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Dick van Dyke and Angela Lansbury, expect the Disney coffers to grow substantially.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse  —  I am not sure why we need Spider-Man across alternate universes but when the trailer gets 44 million views in three days, there must be one heck of a demand.  Besides, critics describe the animation as “absolutely gorgeous.”  Describe me as “absolutely confounded” about this one.  Other cast members include Willem Dafoe, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Patrick Wilson, and Amber Heard.

December 21

Aquaman —  With a $160 million budget, this one better be good or it’s “glub, glub” for Jason Mamoa.  Arthur Curry is King of Atlantis and must stop his brother from starting a war on the surface world. Other cast members include Willem Dafoe, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Patrick Wilson, and Amber Heard.

Bumblebee  —  In the sixth Transformers installment, Hailee Steinfeld befriends Bumblebee in a 1987 California beach town.  Soon Sector 7 is after them and a discovery that other Transformers exist.  John Cena is an agent of Sector 7.  Is John capable of being a bad guy?

Welcome to Marwen  —  In a trailer that looks like nothing you have ever seen, welcome to Marwencol.  Steve Carrell’s character suffers a violent attack and creates a World War II village to deal with the PTSD.  This one gets lots of buzz, but it looks quite sad.  It will be interesting to see how it does financially.

December 25

Destroyer  —  Nicole Kidman stars as a young cop who infiltrated a drug gang with results that didn’t end well.  Now, as a detective, the leader of the gang re-surfaces.  By the looks of the movie poster, things don’t go so well again.  The producers must think it’s good to release it on Christmas Day.

On The Basis Of Sex  —  The darling of the Progressives on the Supreme Court is RBG, note that her full name is unnecessary.  After a successful documentary earlier this year, now we get the full Hollywood treatment.  Felicity Jones stars as RBG who uses discrimination against a male to set up female discrimination cases.  Armie Hammer stars as her husband.  Surely Hollywood wouldn’t be stupid enough to pay Hammer more than Jones?  Or, would they?

Vice  —  Someone’s fantasy about the relationship of Dick Cheney and George Bush?  The trailer looks too far out to be plausible.  Therefore, the critics will love it.  It does have a nice cast that includes Christian Bale, Sam Rockwell, Amy Adams, Alison Pill, Tyler Perry and Steve Carell.

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