The Movie Show
Fridays from 9 AM - Noon. Listen for reviews of the new movie releases on the big screen with Utah's Doug Wright and Steve Salles.
Friday, August 17, 2018
- Crazy Rich Asians is totally a must-see movie
This movie is based off a book of the same title. This movie is off to a hot start and Steve Salles gives it a pretty good grade and explains why you should hurry and see this. The majority of the cast is Asian so some of the actors may not be household names outside of a few, but that doesn't matter in this film. Here is the synopsis: Nick Young asks his girlfriend, Rachel Chu, an economics professor, to accompany him to Singapore where he is to be the best man at his best friend's wedding and where he will also introduce her to his family. Rachel accepts and her mother tells her that going to Singapore might mean that Nick is ready to propose.
- James Gunn is not coming back to direct Guardians of the Galaxy
There is a bunch of movie news this week and it includes MoviePass again changing its business model, Aretha Franklin and her influence on film and music, James Gunn not coming back to Disney and more. On the Gunn news, Disney and Marvel were discussing bringing him back to finish director the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie but the end result was to stick to Disney's initial decision to let him go.
- Here is your chance to see all the Marvel movies
The MegaPlex theatres here in Utah are doing great thing with the Marvel Cinematic Universe by showing them all and in IMAX. They are showing four movies a day for a week starting with Iron Man through Ant-Man and the Wasp, plus a few extra days of fan favorites, origin, and team up combination of these movies.
- Liam Neeson is a snow plow drier
Liam Neeson is retiring from acting in action movies and he cited his age as the reason as he is 65 years old. His final movie in this genre is titled Hard Powder where he is a plow driver and his character seems willing to go way beyond the call of duty when, following the murder of his son at the hands of a ruthless drug lord.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
- Rush out and go see Crazy Rich Asians
This movie is based upon a best-selling book and features nearly every notable Asian actor in this film. Steve highly recommends this film. The story follows Rachel Chu, an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick's hometown of Singapore for his best friend's wedding. Before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy, he's perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia.
- There is a new Oscar category: Popular movies
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, or known as the Oscars, is making changes to its future broadcasts starting in 2020. The big change is adding a new category for popular movies which is not going to replace the best picture. This seems to take into account money making movies like the superhero movies that do well or the action flicks that may not be considered the most artistic movie but the public likes. The other minor changes are to make it a three-hour show and also change the date to February.
- Nothing can stop Mission Impossible at the box office
It is not a shock that the latest Mission Impossible movie is leading the box office with a $35 million week and put its two-week total to just a shade under $125 million. Christopher Robin came in second with a very solid $24 milliion. Other movies in the top 10 include Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Ant-Man and the Wasp and the Incredibles 2.
- The new Disney streaming app will not have Star Wars movies
The new soon-to-be-released Disney streaming app will not be able to have one of is most notable franchises when the app launches: Star Wars. Disney sold the TV rights to Turner Broadcast (TNT/TBS) but that also included streaming and that deal was worth $275 million and are locked up until 2024. That is a huge gap in the new streaming platform for the Mickey Mouse network which is scheduled to be released in late 2019.
Friday, August 10, 2018
- The Sandlot turns 25! Listen to the actors relive those experiences
The Sandlot movie is 25 years old and to celebrate that we had three of the actors join the show in Victor DiMattia who played Timmy Timmons, Patrick Renna who was Ham Porter and Marty York who was Yeah-Yeah. The three discussed how the movie became such a big hit and is still making waves with another generation of kids, and what it was like on the set. They are in town for a special screening on the field where the movie was filmed.
- Why The Meg would have been better if it were rated R
Action star Jason Statham signed on for a certain version of The Meg which was bloody and an extreme action movie. However, after the script went through the process it changed quite a bit and it was less bloody and also a PG-13 movie. That is why Steve is not a huge fan of this movie because the changes made this movie not as enjoyable. A massive creature attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. With time running out, rescue diver Jonas Taylor must save the crew and the ocean itself from an unimaginable threat -- a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as the Megalodon.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
- MoviePass is on life support
Tim Hughes is filling in for Doug Wright this week and is along with Steve Salles. The two discuss the big movie news of the week and it starts with MoviePass which is trying to scramble to stay afloat and they are raising rates and making a few tweaks to not burn through its money. Other movie news includes Carrie Fisher being in Star Wars by using footage already filmed from the most recent movies. Incredibles 2 has surpassed $1 billion mark and becomes the fourth movie to reach that amount.
- Get your local Utah film fix
Virginia Pearce of the Utah Film Commission makes her monthly appearance on the Movie Show to discuss the latest goings on in the area. There seems to always be a film or TV show taking place in Utah. The big news item of the week is that Sandlot is celebrating its 25th anniversary and that film was shot in Utah.
- Get to know Alexis Johnson and Amber Ettinger
Alexis Johnson and Amber Ettinger are in a new series, Sin Fronteras, which is filmed in Utah. This is a project about a Mexican woman who risks her life to save her son's and a American woman to drive them across the border. Alexis has personally met with a family that came across the border and has valuable insight into this topic. However, what she really wants is for Elizabeth to take them across the border. After successfully making it through Border Patrol, the women are accosted by the Militia, a group of white nationalists who patrol the southern border. In a violent shoot out, Juliana is killed. Elizabeth must now take on the full reigns of motherhood as she alone can protect Juliana’s son, Gustavo Jr.
- Mission Impossible races out to the top movie this week
The latest top 10 from the past week has a clear runaway winner and it is the Tom Cruise-led Mission: Impossible - Fallout. This is the latest in a long line of Mission: Impossible movies and it brought in $61.2 million in its first week and made four times more than the No. 2 movie which was Mama Mia. The other first week release was the animated Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, but that came in at No. 5 with $10.4 million.
Friday, August 3, 2018
- Reclaim your childhood by Watching ‘Christopher Robin’
The big movie this week will take you back to your childhood, or your kids with ‘Christopher Robin’ which is a take on the classic Winnie The Pooh. This take on the story is when Christopher's help, Pooh embarks on a journey to find his friends -- Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo. Once reunited, the lovable bear and the gang travel to the big city to help Christopher rediscover the joy of life. Steve Salles and Tim Hughes both give their review on this movie, and you better bring a tissue.