NOW PLAYING REVIEWS: Ford v Ferrari, The Good Liar, Charlie’s Angels

Want to know what we recommend seeing that opened this 11-15-2019 weekend #46 at the movies? All wide releases were seen, rated and reviewed with links on the movie titles below.

This week our favorite is …

Ford v Ferrari ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ScreenX

With the roar of the engine and accelerating around turns at breakneck speeds, this film kept us locked in — especially enjoyed in ScreenX. The conflict is over who will win the 24 hour Lemans, between Ford and Ferrari and Matt Damon and Christian Bale provide outstanding performances. Definitely recommended.

The Good Liar ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Turning, twisting plot that keeps the viewers guessing what is going to happen to the characters. Expertly acted by Ian McKellan and Helen Mirren. Nothing about the story or the characters is ever quite what it seems.

I really enjoy watching movies like this one. It’s billed as a thriller, and it’s more dramatic mystery than anything. It will play tricks on the viewer and tells a really good story. Recommended.

Charlie’s Angels (2019) ⭐️½

Save yourself from this ho-hum, bland second reboot featuring a slew of Bosleys (there are angels everywhere in this movie) and a new trio of mostly underwhelming angels (Kristin Stewert is the best of the worst). This turkey is mostly style without substance. Not recommended.

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

Here are other movies we’ve seen at the theater that are recommended. Any movie we rate 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 it was necessarily that good. 4-star movies are highly recommended and films we rate as 4 1/2 or 5 stars are must see.

  1. Harriet ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  3. The Lighthouse ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. Motherless Brooklyn ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. Last Christmas ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  6. Parasite ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Black and Blue ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Zombieland: Double Tap ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Motherless Brooklyn has dropped screenings, but it’s worth seeking out for Edward Norton’s performance and a good screenplay. The Lighthouse harder to find, due to limited screenings, but recommended for horror fans.

Haven’t seen Jo Jo Rabbit as of this writing. Jo Jo Rabbit is finally playing nearby, so will get that viewed soon. It was previously limited screening. All other films now playing in theaters are not recommended to see in the theater. You can see all our movie reviews on Letterboxd, including those on streaming channels.

Opening 11-14-2019 in Theaters: Charlie’s Angels (2019), Ford v Ferrari, The Good Liar

Wide releases on 11/14/2019 include Charlie’s Angels (2019), Ford vs. Ferrari

Wednesday here and you know what that means: more new movies opening wide in theaters starting tomorrow! I have to interrupt my Disney+ streaming watching because soooo much good content there to watch/rewatch. Some movies I haven’t seen for literally 30+ years!

I digress, let’s see what’s new out this weekend, because last weekend didn’t go as well as planned for a film that I really enjoyed.

First up …

Charlie’s Angels (2019)

I’m a fan of the original TV series, not so much of any of the reboot movies, will this be better?

I’m nervous about this one is going to turn out. What gives me hope is I really like Elizabeth Banks, but am not sure about her taking on the role of Bosley (originally played by David Doyle in the TV series).

Didn’t feel Bill Murray as Bosley either though, so who knows? I get it, a classic jiggly TV show is getting “woke” — but am not sure if I’m getting awakened yet. Am going in very cautiously optimistic and yet still looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

Part of what’s burning away some of my interest is the last reboot with Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz wasn’t that spectacular. But at least I knew who they were … I don’t know any of the actresses in this reboot, except for Banks as Bosley.

Anticipation: 4 / 10

Ford vs. Ferrari

Matt Damon as a brilliant auto engineer? Hmm …. maybe?

Matt Damon has an uphill battle to convince me that he is some wizard auto engineer. He’s a good actor, so maybe he’ll be successful, and I’m more than intrigued by this “inspired by a true story” case of David vs. Goliath in the auto racing car designed for maximum speed movie.

What is the deal with the budget for this being $100 million? I’m very puzzled unless Damon and co-star Christian Bale are getting paid a boatload to star. The sets can’t be that expensive to recreate … can they? Or maybe it’s all the old cars and they are wrecking some in the process? $100 million is a boatload of cash to spend on a movie.

If this movie doesn’t open strong we’re going to see a bunch of headlines about how it “bombed” and lost a ton of money leading the news come Monday morning, if not sooner.

This has the best trailers, too of the films opening wide this week.

Anticipation: 6/10

The Good Liar

An old guy taking advantage of elderly women’s vanity? Yeah, I can get interested in a movie about this, but hopefully the old guy gets his comeuppance or has some sort of major character arc. The trailer suggests maybe that will be the case. We’ll find out soon.

Anticipation: 5/10

ANTICIPATION for Week of 11/14/19 MOVIES

How much on scale of 1-10 anticipating the 11-14-2019 movies?

  1. Ford vs. Ferrari – 6/10
  2. The Good Liar – 5/10
  3. Charlie’s Angels – 4/10

Are there screenings in our area to see these movies?

All three are wide screenings and available in our area, so the plan is to watch, rate and review all.

Will Charlie’s Angels 2019 Reboot Move Past “Jiggle TV” Roots?

“Take her to the closet and gear her up.” — Bosley (Elizabeth Banks)

The original Charlie’s Angels TV show was known for creating “Jiggle TV” thanks to Farrah Fawcett-Majors among others:

Back then, women didn’t have leading roles in hour-long series and they certainly didn’t run around without bras.

The last reboot starring Drew Barrymore, Linda Liu and Cameron Diaz didn’t exploit the women in that way as much, but they were certainly eye candy for horny males. I can’t remember as much jiggling going on, and they were more action-oriented. Perhaps trying to be a bit like Mission Impossible.

In the new Elizabeth Banks directed version where Bill Murray as Bosley is out and she is in, we really are getting some women power! And I’m digging it. Why not just replace Charlie’s iconic voice with a woman too? (that’s a joke, btw).

When interviewed by Hollywood Reporter, Banks said:

I’m not old enough to have watched the first run of the television show, but my two sisters and I did watch reruns. The three of us getting to pretend we were Charlie’s Angels was so inspirational. It’s a show about women doing a job that very few women had ever done before, which was detective work, whether on television or in real life. They were running around with guns, they were going undercover, they were getting to do something different every day and fighting bad guys. I mean, don’t we all want to do that?

I’m getting more excited about this new Charlie’s Angels. Maybe a 4 or 5 out of 10 on the anticipation scale. It hits theaters on November 15.