Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce Star in 'The Two Popes'

This movie was highly praised on the fall festival circuit and is coming to Netflix on Dec 20th. There’s serious Oscar buzz for both these veteran actors, especially Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis, who’s actually never been nominated. It does look like a good time just watching these two longtime pros simply talk with each other. The movie is directed by City of God’s Fernando Mereilles and written by Anthony McCarten, who wrote The Theory of Everything and Darkest Hour (and also Bohemian Rhapsody apparently, but let’s just overlook that, shall we?)

Rey Faces Down Kylo Ren Again in Final 'Rise of Skywalker' Trailer

As far as I’m concerned, the only semi-interesting thing that has happened in either of the first two movies of this bizarre reboot trilogy was that weird romance they teased between Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver in the last one. But since J.J. Abrams is back to right the ship that Rian Johnson wrecked with The Last Jedi, I’m guessing that’s thrown out the window. Even so, Kylo Ren probably gets redeemed somehow, given that he’s part Skywalker, and that’s what they do (after killing his own dad, I don’t really see how that’s possible, but I’m sure it will happen). I don't care about any of these characters though.

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver Star in 'Marriage Story'

This movie has gotten rave reviews ever since Venice, and now Netflix has finally put the full trailer out. Expected to be a huge Oscar player (Adam Driver in particular has gotten rapturous notices for this), it looks sort of like a Kramer vs. Kramer type movie about a divorce, apparently director Noah Baumbach’s own divorce from Jennifer Jason Leigh. I’ve really like Baumbach’s last couple of movies, so I’m looking forward to seeing it, which is in limited release in November and on Netflix December 6th.

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie Star in 'Bombshell'

Apparently this had its first screening this weekend and Charlize Theron wowed the critics, vaulting into the Best Actress race beside Renee Zellweger. Interestingly, they’re marketing it as a kind of comedy- maybe the humor comes from the fact that these women who all want to work on Fox News so they can spout racism freely find themselves attacked and harassed by the racist misogynist who founded the network in part so he (and all the men who work there) can have his own personal trough of victims who all look exactly like he wants them to. So gross. And just like I thought, the movie basically ignores the evil of the network itself in order to portray these women as heroes for taking him down. That’s going to be an unsurpassable problem for me anyway, even if it does end up being good.

'Lady and the Tramp' Gets a New Trailer

Oy. Like I said, I love the original Lady and the Tramp so much, but this? I do not like talking dogs with CG mouths and faces. I don’t understand why they can’t use real, trained animals all the way through. You can totally do that, you’ve done it before. Homeward Bound anyone? It’s a lot more impressive to watch real dogs do some acting, which they totally can and have in movie history. Why do we need this moving mouths shit?

Robert Forster 1941-2019

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Robert Forster passed away yesterday at the age of 78 from brain cancer. A longtime American actor since the 1960’s, he began his film career with a supporting role in Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) before starring in the classic faux documentary Medium Cool (1969). He then acted in various supporting roles in Hollywood movies in the 70’s and starred in occasional B-movies like Alligator (1980) and The Delta Force (1986). He had a something of a career comeback when Quentin Tarantino cast him as Max Cherry in Jackie Brown (1997), for which he was nominated the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, and he went on to appear in Me, Myself and Irene (2000), Mulholland Drive (2001), The Descendants (2011) and Olympus Has Fallen (2013), among others. He also guest starred on television over the years, with notable roles on Heroes, Twin Peaks: The Return, and Breaking Bad, the latter for which he reprised his role in El Camino, his final project, which premiered just yesterday on Netflix.

Trailer for Jackie Brown: