Coming attractions

Our hearts are heavy with concern for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. It certainly minimizes the importance of anything we say or write here in our little corner of the world. We need to continue praying for all of them.

For the first time in a long while, there were no new releases in our area theaters last weekend. As a result, any movie I chose to comment on would already be at least two, more likely three weeks old by our publication date. That would be like finding a loaf of stale bread in your pantry; no interest.

Fortunately, I happened across someone else’s research looking into films that might interest us over the next three to four months. The focus was on true stories only, and they came up with nine of them, all looked interesting enough to comment on. I’ve summarized them below, they are not yet rated, but we do have the release dates. Some of my comments are attributable to the source where I found the information.

Battle of the Sexes: (Sept. 22) “This is the highly anticipated comedic biopic” about the tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, which drew worldwide attention in 1973. Stars Steve Carell and Emma Stone.

American Made: (Sept. 29) This is an “action drama” starring Tom Cruise as TWA pilot Barry Seal, who  became a smuggler for the CIA, and later a spy for the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House: (Sept. 29) a “political thriller” about Watergate. Liam Neeson plays the whistleblower known as Deep Throat who brought down Nixon’s White House, and whose identity wasn’t revealed until three decades after.

Goodbye Christopher Robin: (Oct.13) A behind the scenes look at “beloved children’s author A.A. Milne,” author of Winnie the Pooh and other stories. They brought “hope and joy” to the world following World War 1.

Marshall: (Oct. 13) A story about then future Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall as he “battles” through one of the first cases of his early career.

The Man Who Invented Christmas: (Nov. 3) The story about Charles Dickens as he created the “holiday classic” A Christmas Carol.

Darkest Hour: (Nov. 22) Gary Oldman portrays Winston Churchill during his early days as Prime Minister of England “at the dawn of World War 2.”  Lots of “Oscar buzz” about Oldman’s performance.

The Shape of Water: (Dec. 8) This is a “cold war” era film about a top secret classified government experiment, starring Octavia Spencer among others.

The Post: (Dec. 22) This is an historical drama starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep about the publication of the Pentagon Papers, one of the most famous political cover ups in American history. Steven Spielberg directs an “all -star” cast.

Most of us who frequent the theaters know that true stories usually make the best movies.  Hopefully among those listed above are some winners. We’ll know soon and in the process I will attempt to review as many of them as I can.

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