This Thanksgiving weekend, the highly anticipated “House of Gucci” comes to life on the big screen with Lady Gaga and Adam Driver as hapless lovers.
Walt Disney’s 60th animated feature, “Encanto,” in which John Leguizamo and Stephanie Beatriz also play an uncle-niece duo trying to solve a puzzling mystery is also headed to theaters.
Fancy a captivating comedy drama for a family dinner? Look no further than “The Humans,” in which Beanie Feldstein, June Squibb, Steven Yeun, Richard Jenkins, Jayne Houdyshell, and Amy Schumer play a dysfunctional family reunion one night for a Thanksgiving dinner.
Finally, if you are looking for a very engaging sports biopic, “King Richard” will surely appeal to you. The film stars Will Smith as the determined father of tennis megastars Venus and Serena Williams.
Here’s what to see and skip this weekend.
Movies released this weekend
“House of Gucci” – Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto; directed by Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott opens the doors to the Gucci dynasty and takes audiences on a tragic tour of glamor, greed, betrayal, revenge – and ultimately murder.
“House of Gucci,” based on Sara Gay Forden’s 2001 bestseller, chronicles the life of the dysfunctional family behind the fashion empire over nearly two decades, from the 1970s to the mid-1990s.
At the center of the soap opera is Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), a young woman who works in her father’s trucking business. Ambitious and determined as she is, she sets her sights on the handsome Maurizio (Adam Driver) after learning that he is the heir to half of the Gucci fortune.
The lower class Patrizia ultimately wins the love and affection of Maurizio. However, Maurizio’s father, Rodolfo (Jeremy Irons), isn’t fully convinced that she is genuine, warning his son that she only wants his money.
Much to Rodolfo’s dismay, the couple nevertheless married, leaving the patriarch of the family no other recourse than to deny his son and exclude him from the will.
Enter Rodolfo’s brother, the hot Aldo (Al Pacino), who owns the other half of the Gucci business. He, on the other hand, approves of Patrizia, setting in motion his grand plan to reunite Maurizio with the Gucci family – especially after Rodolfo’s untimely death.
But Aldo’s son Paolo (Jared Leto) will not remain idle and silent. His bubbling resentment and jealousy will send tremor of betrayal into the walls of the vast Gucci empire.
Ultimately, the family’s legacy unraveled as a web of deception and rage leads to the murder.
See. Scott has managed to make an entertaining, eye-catching film, anchored by the meteoric bravery of Lady Gaga and the nuanced daring of Adam Driver – though the 157-minute film feels way too long.
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“Encanto” – Stephanie Beatriz, María Cecilia Botero, John Leguizamo; directed by Jared Bush, Byron Howard and Charise Castro Smith
What if every member of your family was endowed with a specific magical power at birth, except yourself? This is the premise of “Encanto”, Walt Disney’s 60th animated feature film, a fairy tale about discovering one’s true magic in life.
For the young Mirabel (voiced by Stéphanie Beatriz), this is her reality. Each member of their entire Madrigal family is born with a unique magic, ranging from super strength and super hearing to energy projection and molecular manipulation. Much to Mirabel’s disappointment, the 15-year-old is the only one who has not received any magical powers. Yet she has no hard feelings.
Decades ago, the matriarch of the Abuela Alma family (voiced by María Cecilia Botero) and her husband attempted to escape the village with their newborn triplets. He was captured, but luckily he left Alma a candle, which saved her and their children. Apparently, the candle also created the enchanted house where the entire Madrigal clan now resides. Their magical town is called Encanto, a small village nestled in the verdant and misty mountains of Colombia.
Everything in the life of the Madrigals is seemingly perfect, that is, until the candle begins to flash and their magical house begins to crack.
Suddenly, family members also start to lose their magic, as well as their self-esteem and confidence. The Madrigals’ emotional scars and their broken relationships are also starting to unravel before their eyes.
Perhaps Mirabel’s uncle Bruno (John Leguizamo) holds the key to the mystery. After all, he has the magical power to see the future. Or can Maribel help find everyone’s real magic?
See. “Encanto” dazzles with a vibrant naturalistic glow, further enhanced by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s original stack of eight contagious songs. It’s a lively and beautiful film that will appeal to the whole family.
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“King Richard” – Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis; directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green
Reinaldo Marcus Green’s latest outing is a sports biopic, introducing the man behind the stellar trajectory of Venus and Serena Williams to world domination in tennis. This man is none other than the father of the Williams sisters, Richard Williams.
Set in south-central Los Angeles in the 1990s, the film describes how Richard’s plan and 78-page vision made it all happen – of course, it’s not an overnight success. the following day. But to understand the crux of it all, you have to delve into the remarkable life of Richard Williams, who had a difficult upbringing. So it’s no surprise that audiences only get to see the tennis aces of the Williams sisters about 40 minutes after the movie begins.
Will Smith delivers his lifelong performance as an uncompromising monarchical figure who helps steer his daughters’ career paths to greatness through thick and thin.
For the role, Smith sports a grizzled beard and adopts a Louisiana folk dragging style along with a noticeable gait and dynamic posture that exudes resilience and determination.
In the film, Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton) are still teenage girls who dream of Wimbledon, while their mother, Brandy (Aunjanue Ellis), is the voice of reason in the family, one that Richard respects and really listen.
Indeed, the girls have their eyes riveted on the price. However, in order for them to become tennis greats, Richard must get his family out of their difficult neighborhood of Compton. It won’t be easy, but Richard eventually finds a way.
Ultimately, what emerges is a portrait of a father’s unwavering dedication to his daughters as he fills them with unconditional love and constant positive affirmations to continue to believe in themselves.
See. Smith is on fire, delivering Oscar-caliber performance. Plus, the film is crowd pleaser with a moving tribute to the power of hard work and determination.
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“Humans” – Beanie Feldstein, June Squibb, Steven Yeun; directed by Stephen Karam
Almost five years after the release of “The Humans” on Broadway, a big-screen version of Tony’s acclaimed award-winning one-act finally makes its film debut in Stephen Karam’s family dinner drama on aging. , fear and disappointment.
Set in a single ensemble room, Karam’s film adaptation of his original play evokes a compelling stage atmosphere where we spend an evening with the dysfunctional Blake family and learn what makes them tick.
It turns out they reunited for Thanksgiving in the newly rented space of the youngest daughter Brigid (Beanie Feldstein) with her beau Richard (Steven Yeun). The place is a run-down pre-war Manhattan apartment that looks cramped and dreary, so much so that wheelchair-bound grandmother Momo (June Squibb), who suffers from dementia, can barely maneuver in. corridors.
Also in attendance are Brigid’s parents, Irish Catholics Erik (Richard Jenkins) and Deirdre (Jayne Houdyshell), as well as her older sister Aimee (Amy Schumer), a business lawyer with a recent breakup and severe bowel disorder. .
As the evening wears on, the family members immediately settle into their usual disposition, full of gossip, insults, resentments and revelations. Suddenly it feels like the jokes have come and gone in the blink of an eye. What emerges is a family in crisis mode over Thanksgiving dinner.
But wait! Did anyone tell you that “The Humans” has a sinister side too? Just listen to the creaks in the floors. Notice the room gets darker and darker as the lights mysteriously go out one by one. Also observe that some objects fall inexplicably. Is it a haunted place?
See. Karam’s directorial debut feature skillfully captures the essence and genius of his Tony-winning play. It’s deliciously bold and daring. Additionally, Houdyshell reprise his winning role of Tony with supreme verve.
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