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By Sarah Payne
A Quiet Place – April 6th – John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are two of my favorite actors and one of my favorite Hollywood couples. Who doesn’t love Krasinski as Jim Halpert on The Office? Or Blunt as the warrior “Angel of Verdun” in Edge of Tomorrow? I’m really excited to see them on screen together for the first time in A Quiet Place, a horror flick co-written and directed by Krasinski. Blunt and Krasinki play a couple living in a post-apocalyptic world plagued by blind monsters. The only way to survive is to live in nearly complete silence. In his review of the movie, Scott Weinberg from Thrillist writes, ‘not only is A Quiet Place peppered with all sorts of creepy aural trickery, but the hushed whispers and frequent use of sign language do a phenomenal job of selling the hook: that any loud noise can spell your (almost) instant demise. It’s almost like the kitchen sequence in Jurassic Park stretched out to feature length.’ What’s more, Weinberg promises at least a half dozen moments where you will be jumping out of your seat.
Chappaquiddick – April 6th – Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Everest) plays Ted Kennedy in Chappaquiddick, a movie that tells the horrific story of Kennedy’s involvement in a fatal car accident in 1969 that killed Mary Jo Kopechne (played by Kate Mara). Kennedy drove his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick island in Massachusetts and didn’t report the accident until 10 hours later. While the incident has garnered several conspiracy theories over the years, director John Curran told the Vineyard Gazette that Chappaquiddick aims to tell the story using only the facts. ‘The writers had done a really well-researched job of constructing the narrative based on the facts on hand … I felt it was important to try to tell the most truthful story possible and leave other ideas open to interpretation, if not borne out of fact.’ Is Kennedy guilty? You’ll have to see Chappaquiddick and decide for yourself.
Game Night – Is there anything more satisfying than a movie that far and away exceeds expectations? It happens to all of us sometimes when we see a movie trailer and immediately dismiss the movie because it seems unoriginal. I’ll admit that’s exactly how I felt sitting down to watch Game Night – and thankfully I was completely wrong. Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams play a competitive couple whose weekly game night with friends turns into a real-life murder mystery. It sounds silly, but the writing delivers lots of laugh-out-loud moments. I was most surprised by Jesse Plemons, who you may remember played Todd on Breaking Bad. He delivers some of the movie’s most hilariously deadpan moments as the socially awkward neighbor who desperately wants to be invited back to game night. I was even impressed with the cinematography. The houses and cars in the neighborhood are filmed in tilt shift to make them appear like pieces on a board game.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee – As I head into my final weeks of maternity leave, I’m looking back on all the great shows I’ve binge watched these past few months. One of them is Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee – a series directed and hosted by Jerry Seinfeld. I’ll admit I’m a bit late to game on this one (it premiered in 2012), but that’s because it only just started streaming on Netflix this year for its tenth season. There’s something for everyone. If you’re a car person, you’ll love the classic cars Seinfeld chooses for each episode. If you like coffee (like me), you’ll enjoy the slow-motion shots of coffee being poured (such a tease if you’re watching the show late at night). And of course, Seinfeld’s guests are usually pretty good conversationalists. I’ve yet to see all of the episodes, but my favorites so far are with Alec Baldwin, Amy Schumer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Will Ferrell. I also like that the episodes are short – between 12 and 20 minutes – so it’s not a huge time commitment.