Monday, August 15, 2016

Looking at Movies - Coming Soon

We gave it a try Friday, but the 84 degree temperatures and 89 percent humidity at 9:30 p.m. made it impossible to sit through a movie at the drive-in. This is the first, and hopefully the last, time that the weather has chased us from watching a movie. We have sat through snow, rain, and fog to watch movies, but this was too much. So what I decided to do this week is give a glimpse into the upcoming movies so you can mark your calendars and make the appropriate plans to visit your nearest drive-in. After all, the weather can't stay like this forever... can it?

(By the way, I make no guarantees that any of these movies will be shown at the drive-in. But if you do see them on the drive-in's website, then get out there!)

September 2 - The Light Between Oceans

Michael Fassbender is rapidly becoming my new favorite actor, and this is one of his movies that many people are anticipating. In The Light Between Oceans, Fassbender plays a lighthouse keeper who lives at the lighthouse with his wife. They are unable to have a child, but it looks to them like the ocean magically drops a child in their laps. The rest of the movie tells the story of that child and how a shipwreck affected so many lives. This one looks like it is full of feels, so be ready to have the tissues on standby.

September 9 - Sully

I'm not sure about this one because it looks like they try to paint Captain Sullivan in a different light than we are used to. I am always hesitant about these movies made from news stories, and it always seems like Tom Hanks plays the lead in them. I have nothing against Tom Hanks, I am just not sure I am ready to see Captain Sullivan run through the wringer by the establishment. But this promises to be interesting, although not very educational.

September 9 - The Wild Life

Sully may get a run for its money as it opens opposite the long-awaited animated feature The Wild Life. This is a retelling of the Robinson Crusoe story, but with a couple of twists to take the edge off. The original Robinson Crusoe story is a bit dark, and this looks to lighten it up a bit. I'll give this one a chance; it looks like fun.

September 16, 2016 - Blair Witch

This is the second movie in the Blair Witch series in which creator Eduardo Sanchez was involved. The Book of Shadows was a movie rushed into production without help or input from Sanchez or his partner Daniel Myrick. This movie started out with the title The Woods, but it was changed to Blair Witch at Comic-con. If you see this playing at your local theater (drive-in or not), you will want to give this one a chance.

September 23, 2016 - The Magnificent Seven

In a world of remakes, this one looks to have some promise. This is a remake of the old Yul Bryner classic, which was a remake of a classic Akira Kirosawa film. The reason this looks interesting is that it uses the same idea of an all-star cast that made the Bryner film fun to watch. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and Vincent D'Onfrio head up a cast of people you will recognize on sight.

September 23, 2016 - Storks

Over the last couple years, it has seemed risky to have a movie open opposite an animated feature, but that is the situation The Magnificent Seven finds itself in as it opens opposite the animated film Storks. The plot seems kind of odd (storks move into the package delivery business and screw up a baby delivery), but it could be interesting.

Pack up the kids and make your way to the drive-in in September! This is your last chance to enjoy summer, so make sure you end summer with a bang!

George N Root III is a drive-in fanatic who loves movies. Follow him on Twitter @georgenroot3, or send him a message at