Meat at the Movies: Relive the BATTLE OF THE SEXES At The Theater This Weekend
Well, I would say the big movie opening up this weekend is American Made, which stars Tom Cruise and is loosely based on the real-life story of Barry Seal, a pilot who is recruited by the CIA as a spy in Central America who soon finds himself embroiled in one of the biggest CIA operations in history which spawns a major drug cartel and almost brings down the Reagan White House. The movie is directed by Doug Liman, who worked with Tom Cruise once before on the excellent sci-fi action movie Edge of Tomorrow, and word is that the movie itself is pretty good. It has energy and depicts a really interesting story, and the result is something like a b-level Wolf of Wall Street. The big draw here is Tom Cruise, who everyone seems to agree is giving a great performance in the lead role.
Also out this weekend is Flatliners for some reason. Do you remember Flatliners? It was a movie back in 1990 about scientists who killed themselves so they could bring themselves back to life. It's a pretty dumb, pretty goofy movie, and now, we're not only getting a reboot, but this one kind of acts as a sequel. Keifer Sutherland, who was one of the leads of the original, appears here in a supporting role playing the same character, alongside a cast that includes Ellen Page and Diego Luna from Star Wars: Rogue One. So if you're that one guy who's always wanted to see more of the Flatliners universe, then congrats! This is the movie for you. For everyone else, it's probably one you can skip.
Finally, this weekend also sees the release of Battle of the Sexes, which stars Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in the famous 1973 tennis match. I'm actually surprised that this hasn't been made into a big Hollywood movie already, since it's a story that seems perfect for the treatment. The movie has gotten good reviews, with many saying it's a crowd-pleasing comedy drama with some great performances from Stone and Carell. If you're looking for a family option this week, this is probably your best choice.
So I'd say see American Made or Battle of the Sexes if you can, and only see Flatliners if you're that one guy who still remembers the original. Until next time, we'll Meat at the Movies.!