NOW PLAYING REVIEWS: The Gentlemen, The Turning, The Last Measure

It’s the week of “The” titled movies for #4 of 2020 (1/23-1/26/2020), so which one is the best?

This week features three very different films: a drug kingpin is cashing out, a young woman caring for two children in a haunted house and a fight for a soldier to be awarded a prestigious medal many years later.

#1 goes to ….

The Last Full Measure ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This tale of the at first reluctant and later committed Pentagon staffer fighting to have the Medal of Honor awarded to hero William Pitsenbarger, an enlisted Air Force Pararescueman.

The Last Full Measure has gripping source material that will both frustrate and make proud

The Gentlemen ⭐️

After reading other reviews and according to several others, Guy Ritchie is returning to the style of his earlier films Lock, Stock and Smoking Barrels and Snatch, two films I’ve not seen. I didn’t find the style of this one to very entertaining. It’s a lot of grandstanding talk from drug thugs, none of the characters of which I found to be very endearing or likable interspersed with violent deaths. Seemed to me more like an attempt to do something like Quentin Tarantino did with Pulp Fiction, only not remotely as skilled.

This is one film where I’ve rated it lower than others — much lower in some cases — as it has pretty good reviews overall. Sticking by our rating and review as neither Kara or I enjoyed it, but you definitely should read other reviews and have an open mind to this film, despite our review. It might be that you like the style of this film. That’s the defining factor here, if you don’t dig how it flows, the rest of it blows.

The Turning ½ 

This isn’t quite Cats level terrible, but for horror films, this is among the absolute horror films I’ve ever seen. Poorly paced, scripted, directed and acted (probably in part due to such ghastly material to work from) with a plot that is so cliche-ridden it’s more stupid than spooky and among the worst endings of any film ever made in any genre.

A total hatchet job of a film that not only doesn’t deserve watching, it participates to the flawed notion that the horror genre is trashy and devoid of substance and quality. The Grudge⭐️⭐️ sucks too this month, but is an amazing film compared to this cinematic sludge.

Suffer the “The” title films

The weekend of “The” films turned out mostly whimpers and thuds. None of the films above were breakout entertainment, with only the true story that The Last Full Measure being noteworthy. This came disturbingly close to three no recommended votes.

Can’t wait for January 2020 to get over because it hasn’t been a very good month for new movies at the theater. Yes, we’ve had a couple OK to average films, but this month is holding the line for the dump month stigma of every January. The only film so far I can say I actually loved seeing was 1917 and I’m not considering that a January 2020 effort, it was technically released in 2019.

Want to see what else we recommend NOW PLAYING at the theater?

This is my favorite part of this week’s NOW PLAYING post: recommending other movies you can see instead of the newest films.

Here are other movies we’ve seen at the theaters recently and liked (maybe they are available in your area still) that are recommended. Any movie rated at least 3-stars is recommended. You should read any 3-star review (click the title), because sometimes we do qualify those recommendations, meaning we were entertained, but it doesn’t mean that the film was that good.

4-star movies are highly recommended and films rated as 4 1/2 or 5 stars are must see.

  1. 1917 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 
  2. Little Women ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Uncut Gems ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. Frozen II ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Bad Boys For Life ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. The Last Full Measure ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Bombshell ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Like A Boss ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. Doolittle ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy movie watching!

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