George Clooney is like a third Coen brother, which in movies is akin to a fifth Beatle.
Clooney has done some of his funniest acting for Joel and Ethan Coen: a preening yokel in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Hail, Caesar!’s kidnapped matinee idol and a spy chaser in Burn After Reading.
There’s also Intolerable Cruelty, but three out of four isn’t bad.
The Clooney-Coen connection adds a new loop with Suburbicon (R), a dark comedy set in the 1950s co-written by the Oscar-winning brothers and directed by their frequent star. Clooney isn’t the only Coens movie veteran on hand.
Julianne Moore (The Big Lebowski) plays twin sisters, one who’s murdered in an alleged home invasion and the other consoling the grieving husband (Matt Damon, a Coen rookie). Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) co-stars as an insurance investigator who suspects the husband isn’t telling everything he knows.
Read a review of Suburbicon at tampabay.com/movies.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE
Last weekend at the movies, Miles Teller barely survived a true-life inferno as a forest firefighter in Only the Brave.
This weekend, the Lecanto High School graduate portrays an Iraq War veteran dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder in Thank You for Your Service (R), based on the bestselling nonfiction book by journalist David Finkel.
Teller plays U.S. Army Sgt. Adam Schumann, whose combat duty in Baghdad ended and then another, more personal battle began back home. Haley Bennett (The Magnificent Seven, The Girl on the Train), co-stars as Adam’s supportive wife, Saskia. In a stretch, comedian Amy Schumer has a brief role as another war-damaged veteran’s wife.
We aren’t off the meat hook yet. There’s another Saw sequel despite the franchise’s torture killer Jigsaw (R) dying at the end of Saw whatever-number-it-was seven years ago.
Turns out that John Kramer a.k.a. Jigsaw lives, giving actor Tobin Bell another payday. Bell is a 21st century Robert Englund, matched for life with a grisly role and taking the adulation of horror geeks a bit too seriously. Freddy Krueger is still a cooler Halloween costume.
No advance screenings of Jigsaw were offered to critics, and for that, we thank you.e_SClB
ALL I SEE IS YOU
Blake Lively has everything needed to be a movie star except good roles. All I See Is You (R) is her latest try, and it’s a shot in the dark.
Lively feigns blindness as Gina, living in Thailand with her affectionate husband, James (Jason Clarke). Nice place if you can see it. Soon, Gina can see through one eye after a corneal transplant. End of movie, right?
Wrong. Gina starts seeing things that uptight James would never show her. One Night in Bangkok things. Soon their marriage and later Gina’s one-eyesight is threatened. Suddenly Jigsaw sounds better.
GOODBYE, CHRISTOPHER ROBIN
Turns out author A.A. Milne didn’t care much for children, despite creating Winnie the Pooh.
Goodbye, Christopher Robin (PG) reveals the silly bear’s origins and how Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and wife Daphne (Margot Robbie) ruined their son’s life by making him a celebrity. Oh, bother.
LET THERE BE LIGHT
Hercules is a faith-based filmmaker now, the next chapter in Kevin Sorbo’s career. Sorbo makes his directing debut with Let There Be Light (PG-13), taking the lead role as a world-famous atheist who gets religion after a near-fatal car accident.
Sorbo’s wife, Sam, co-stars as his wife and co-wrote the screenplay with Dan Gordon (Wyatt Earp, The Hurricane). Musician casting alert: Country star Travis Tritt plays a doctor and Dionne Warwick plays herself. Walk on by.
in theaters: our Top 5
Current movies recommended by the Tampa Bay Times:
1Blade Runner 2049: Ryan Gosling stars in a cerebral sequel to a sci-fi classic.
2 Battle of the Sexes: Emma Stone and Steve Carell star as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.
3 Professor Marston & the Wonder Women: The erotic roots of a comic book icon.
4 Victoria & Abdul: Judi Dench wins her Queen-off with Helen Mirren, 3-1.
5 Breathe: Hokey biopic but, hey, it isn’t Geostorm.
(Dates subject to change)
Nov. 3: The Florida Project; Thor: Ragnarok; A Bad Moms Christmas; The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Nov. 10: Murder on the Orient Express; Wonderstruck; Daddy’s Home 2
Nov. 17: Justice League; Roman J. Israel Esq.; Wonder; The Star
Nov. 22: Coco; Chappaquiddick; Polaroid
Dec. 1: He’s Out There
Dec. 8: The Shape of Water; The Disaster Artist; All the Money in the World