Four excellent releases will help usher in the lamb end of March during the upcoming week.
ELLE – Fans of Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct) can rejoice that he is back to making hard-edged adult entertainment with this white knuckle drama. Isabelle Hubert stars as a more than capable head of a video game company who is enjoying her success. Then an assailant breaks into her home and assaults her. The character’s reaction to this crime is anything but typical. She calmly goes about tracking down the creep all by herself . Can’t give away more you c can enjoy this one after putting the kids to bed.
FENCES – Denzel Washington stars in and directs this fine adaptation of August Wilson’s play. The story centers on a sanitation worker in 1950’s Pittsburgh who had dreams of being a major league baseball player. They were shattered when he was deemed too old to play after waiting for the ban on African American players to be lifted. Washington is superb here as is Viola Davis as his wife. They recreate the roles they played in the revival of the show which originally starred James Earl Jones.
PASSENGERS – Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence star in this big budget science fiction story about a colony ship headed deep into space towards a new home that is 120 years away. Pratt is awakened 90 years early and soon finds out that he must stay awake and solve some problems or the sleeping masses will never make it to their new home. Ignore the critics and enjoy the story which features several nods o film great Stanley Kubrick (check out the bar scenes which honor ‘The Shining.)
PEE WEE’S PLAYHOUSE: THE COMPLETE SERIES – Paul Reubens brought his popular man-child character to TV with this series aimed at kids. Adults will love it too. Lots of talented folks show up as odd ball characters who help Pee Wee facedown challenges like being afraid of going to the doctor or being teased by others. My favorite was William ‘Blacula’ Marshall who pops up as the King of Cartoons, but there are regular appearances by Phil Hartman and Laurence Fishbourne too. Great visuals.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.