Paul McGuire Grimes from Paul’s Trip to the Movies gives his take on two crime movies and a streaming pick that bends our universe.
OCEAN’S 8 (theatrical release)
Debbie Ocean has followed in the footsteps of her big brother, Danny Ocean, the George Clooney character from the Ocean’s 11 trilogy. She’s been released from prison following her five-year stint for grand theft. Debbie wastes no time when released by shoplifting some cosmetics and making her way into a swanky hotel room without getting caught. Despite vowing a life without crime, Debbie is up to her old tricks after reuniting with her partner in crime, Lou. She unveils her latest scheme to Lou that she’s spent the last five years concocting. She has her eyes on the Met, which will be unveiling a new exhibit displaying the crown jewels and other accessories from European royalty. It’s weeks away from the infamous Met Gala opening the display, so time is ticking for Debbie to round up a crew of jewel thieves, hackers, and a fashion designer to put her plan in place. Part of the plan is to steal a $150 million Cartier necklace that is currently locked away in their guarded vault. In order to get it out, they need to lure in actress Daphne Kluger who’s the hostess for the night and convince Cartier to allow her to wear the necklace to the gala.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Ocean’s 8 is no con, as this is slick summer fun.
RATING: 3.5 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
HOTEL ARTEMIS (theatrical release)
It’s 2028 in Los Angeles, and there are riots in the streets. Pure chaos and pandemonium and the only reprieve for Waikiki is to escape into the Hotel Artemis for protection. The hotel is part hospital as its caretaker, who goes by “Nurse,” helps care for reckless criminals. Her right hand man is an orderly named “Everest” given his large and burly stature. More guests start to arrive at the part hotel/part hospital as the violent night continues to escalate. As Nurse states, “Hotel Artemis is a great place to hide.” Each comes with their own bizarre background including a femme fatale on her own mission, a women from Nurse’s past, and the hotel’s owner and son who have a rift with Nurse. Nurse has a fear of going outside, but the danger inside her secure hotel forces her to face her fears and confront her past.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? A nutty little movie with an excellent ensemble.
RATING: 3 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
A WRINKLE IN TIME (streaming pick)
Fourteen-year-old Meg and her younger brother Charles Wallace are outcasts at school. The other students hurl hurtful language at them claiming that “crazy runs in the family.” Their parents are both scientists, but their father has gotten a bit too lost in his work to the point of going missing. It’s the four-year anniversary of his disappearance, so Meg and Charles Wallace are the targets of more negative attention at school. It’s at this time when three mysterious celestial beings, Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Whatsit visit them in hopes of helping them find their father. Meg is apprehensive but Charles Wallace has already spent time getting to know them. Along with their friend Calvin, the siblings place their trust in the three Mrs. W’s and use a tesseract to bend time and space for an adventure into the unknown in hopes of reconnecting with their father.