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Late Summer Movie Xtravaganza!


Summer 2017 is rolling into the final stretch, and checking Rotten Tomatoes there is a surprising number of highly rated movies at the theater right now. Which film should you plonk $15 down and view in a  theater and which should you stream on an airplane? I’ll give you the rundown on 4 pics which are highly rated on Rotten Tomatoes, and you can choose your cup of tea. Let’s start the lightning round now!

Girls Trip (87% Positive Ratings on Rotten Tomatoes)

This movie was too funny, and I needed this movie right now. Four college friends reunite to descend upon New Orleans. Girls Trip is really stupid and nasty in all the right ways, and I laughed out loud several times. Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Queen Latifah do OK in there roles, but Tiffany Haddish as Dina steals this movie. Haddish is sort of the “sexually liberated” one of the group—think Samantha Jones in Sex and the City. The downside is they try to force several Full House moments where each character “learns a lesson.” Bitch, please. I don’t need a stupid comedy to give me life lessons (though I imagine that’s how producers sell a movie like this to Hollywood studios). Just make me laugh.

Dunkirk (93% Positive Ratings on Rotten Tomatoes)

Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Interstellar) directs this beautifully shot movie about the Battle of Dunkirk in World War II. The Nazi’s war machine kicked everyone’s asses at the beginning of the war, and the Germans had pinned the British and French against the English Channel—the USA hadn’t directly entered the war in Europe yet. This movie really stressed me out, but is great on IMAX. I imagine Dunkirk will be up for some awards come 2018. And Harry Styles from One Direction is in this (WTF, right?).

Atomic Blonde (75% Positive Ratings on Rotten Tomatoes)

Extremely stylish and sexy movie where Charlize Theron plays a complicated chess game as a spy in 1989 Germany (what’s up with all these movies about Germany?). Lots of ’80s synth pop music cues punctuate the action in this movie as the Berlin Wall comes tumbling down. I personally felt for as stylish as the movie was, the plot was a little thin. However, saucy lesbian sex scenes and Charlize’s extremely cold nipples will assure you get laid after you watch this movie.

Baby Driver (95% Positive Ratings on Rotten Tomatoes)

If it is still playing in a theater near you, Baby Driver is far and away my favorite movie of the year, so GO SEE IT. Ansel Elgort plays a getaway driver for a bank robbery ring run by Kevin Spacey. A rotating cast of robbers including Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and Eiza González pile into Elgort’s car as they hit up Wells Fargo and take that coin. Elgort has tinnitus which means he blocks out the ringing in his ears with a series of painfully hipstery songs. The role of music in a movie is quite unique. I just want to know how much the bill was to license the soundtrack which includes Blur, Beck, The Damned, Danger Mouse, The Commodores and Young MC.

Image: Universal Pictures