Five distinct movies for a relaxing night at

It was a pleasure to be back at the cinema in 2022. What wasn’t so fun, however, was re-acquaintance with inflated ticket prices, uncomfortable seats, and annoying audience members, which can all be part of the movie-watching experience.

With an abundance of physical media and streaming capabilities, a movie night on the couch can be just as enticing. But what should you watch? Film critic and podcast host Blake Howard offers some top advice. Here are his top five picks.

Ronin (1998)
Legendary director John Frankenheimer directed this thriller about a group of mercenaries hired to retrieve a mysterious briefcase before the criminals can.

BH: International Espionage. Effortlessly great dialogue. Robert De Niro and Jean Reno Bromance. Sean Penn’s character lives long enough to remember the color of the harbor at Hereford. Leave that copy of Bourne identity Where exactly is it on the shelf. Tonight, you want a pre-2000s spy craft in understated form and oddly excellent. Ronin. with John Frankenheimer (Prismatic candidateAnd the Black Sunday), screenwriter David Mamet (Hats off to Glen Ross) directed by an outstanding cast that includes Stellan Skarsgård, Natasha McElhone, Jonathan Pryce, Skip Sudduth, Ronin does it all Bourne The series does better, first.”

Pelican Brief (1993)
Based on the novel by John Grisham, Alan Bakula directs Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts in this heartwarming story about a law student who writes a brief explaining the murders of two Supreme Court justices, but becomes the target of her own.

BH: Dear writer-director Alan Pakula rarely gets it right. American cinema of the 1970s would not have been recognized without him. The iconic Paranoia trilogy – KluteAnd the All the chief’s men And the Parallax view – continuing to influence new generations of filmmakers and cinephiles alike. In 1993, Bakula’s adaptation of John Grisham’s best-selling book Pelican Brief It has been dismissed in some quarters as popcorn paranoia. In 2022, 29 years since its release, energy, sheer craftsmanship, and a youthful cast have exploded onto the screen. Denzel Washington’s tenacious reporter, Gray Grantham, the clever Darby Shaw in Julia Roberts’ whip, and the uncharacteristically youthful Stanley Tucci as a complete international hitman all make this a flick that keeps me hooked. It’s the thrill of the conspiracy or your money back.”

children of men (2006)
Clive Owen stars in this fantasy film set in the near future in which a fertility crisis has left humanity on the brink of extinction.

BH: “No movie night is complete without sci-fi on the menu. And great science fiction, both imaginative and grounded, finds a way to account for what it means to be human. Xenophobia, climate catastrophe, military mistreatment of refugees–Mexican maestro Alfonso Cuarón takes us to a dystopian vision of 2027 where humanity is sterile, the remaining population marches toward oblivion, and yet there are glimmers of hope. In the best career track, Clive Owen plays Theo, an ex-activist who is assigned by his ex-wife Julianne (played by Academy Award winner Julianne Moore) to escort the first pregnant woman in 20 years to a secret asylum. So curl up on the couch as you marvel at the amazingly curated footage from this imaginative director.”

widows (2018)
After losing their criminal husbands in a police shootout, four widows band together to execute a score that will exonerate them from a deadly debt.

BH: “I consider myself a connoisseur of heist films. I love the Ocean series (incl Lucky Logan). I adore red circle. Sometimes you might be in the mood to steal flicks in the same city, like “Dog Day Afternoon” or the man inside. But as the world’s leading the heat An expert, I feel confident to say that the best heist movies blend plotting with chaotic human drama. It never got more chaotic from director Steve McQueen and screenwriter Gillian Flynn’s take on Linda La Plante. widows. This is the tale of four women, wives and girlfriends of a Chicago crack crew. When their husbands die in an explosive confrontation with the cops, the con artists who robbed them divert their debts. In a quagmire of corruption, and under constant threat, these women must orchestrate their dead husbands’ final outcome to stay alive. widows It’s pinning and layering and it’s quite one to revisit.”

Breaking point (1992)
Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze star in this story about an FBI agent who infiltrates a group of surfers involved in a series of bank robberies.

BH: “Summer nights need summer movies. When I say an FBI agent infiltrates a group of adrenaline-junk bank robbers to take them down, I’m not talking about overdoing it.” fast and angry click. I’m talking about a different movie that deserves a 10-film franchise. Hundred Years Storms, mind-boggling skydiving stunts, crooks disguised as ex-presidents Gary Busey, sneaky cameos from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers – a Point Break from Kathryn Bigelow’s blockbuster action can always improve a steamy summer night. The rippling heat is set at the center of this film when Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Utah – former NFL player turned law enforcement officer – must come face to face with the legendary Patrick Swayze Body, a sociopathic surfing sage. So grab some after-sun lotion and lean toward the TV screen.”

This article was produced by Broadsheet in partnership with King. The King’s Summer Sale runs from December 23 to February 5, 2023.

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