What To See with Val: Licorice Pizza, House of Gucci, Encanto, Hawkeye and others opening this big Thanksgiving weekend.

This is a weekend of movies that will be nominated for awards. Happy Thanksgiving!

Reviews by Valerie Cameron

Licorice Pizza

Rated R

Licorice Pizza is a movie that follows a couple of young adults in the 1970’s in California. In a time where the world is going through a lot of issues, these kids are trying to find themselves. It touches on social issues while helping you fall in love with the San Fernando Valley and out two lead actors. You get some pop ins by Bradley Cooper, Sean Peen and Tom Waits but the stars of the show hold their own and keep you wanting to know what will happen next. Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman both wowed me. Cooper plays a high school kid actor who hustles to stay relevant in his life and in love. Alana plays a young woman in her 20’s, stuck in suburbia California not knowing from one minute to the nest if she wants to grow up or be a kid. It is a relevant movie that most people will be able to relate to with. It does have some weird surprises, is a lot of fun with overdramatic antics. 

Grade B+

House of Gucci

Rated R

House of Gucci is one of the most anticipated movies of the year with Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Jered Leto. For me I felt like I was being Catfished by a movie. When you watch the trailer, you think you are going to get this over glamours, campy movie about this big fashion dynasty. There are some campy moments but they mix it with some very dramatic and over dramatic moments. The most constituent thing about this movie is the art direction. The clothing is on point and hair is exactly how we remember the 70’s and 80’s being. The story however was a roller coaster. I was not sure what Riddley Scott wanted me to feel. I know most people are showing up for Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, but Jared Leto and Al Pacino stole the show. It is 2 1/2 hours long and really needed to be 2 hours or less. It will be nominated but just know going in you will feel like you are watching 2 different movies at the same time. 

Grade C+

My pick of the week is Encanto!


Rated PG

Walt Disney Animation for the win! Disney’s 60th Animated movie with make you smile this Holiday. If you love the feel of Moana and Tangled, then you will love this movie. It is about a very special family, The Madrigals. They live in a town in the mountains far away from civilization. When one of the family members comes of age, they are supposed to get a “gift” a special power. They use their powers to help the local village prosper and the family stay together. When something goes wrong with one of the gifts the family is put under some stress and they learn what the real power of family means. This is a cultural feel good. I laughed, I cried, I danced in my seat and I want to see it again. 

Grade A


Disney+ Series

Episodes 1 & 2

Hawkeye is the Disney+ series based on the character Hawkey from the MCU and comicbooks. The series starts streaming exclusively on Disney+ November 24th. Former Avenger Clint Barton can’t seem to just be a family man and runs into some trouble. So, them he has one job, finish wrapping up the trouble and get back to his family in time for Christmas. Trouble comes in the form of Kate Bishop, a 22-year-old archer who is a super fan of Hawkey and wants to be a superhero. The two are forced together after some random circumstances and team up to clean up some of Clints past that Kate finds herself right in the middle of.

Hawkeye stars Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye and Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, “Hawkeye” We start out the series with Clint aka Hawkeye aka Ronan, in New York City with his kids during the Christmas Holiday season. He is spending some time with them and wanting to bond. Probably to make up some time because of the blip. We also meet Kate Bishop, who is a wealthy, smart and athletic young woman who seems to not want to follow the rules. Not really an original storyline for any story, but Kate Bishop has been around in the comic world for a while. Not everything is perfect when you have a lot of money and she quickly finds out her life may not be what she thought it was.

Most of us know Kate Bishop will be the next Hawkeye, if you did not know this, sorry. In the first two episodes you see a lot of fight scenes, family issues on both sides and, yes it does touch on past Marvel storylines. All in all, it is a very “nice” series. I am not blown away yet but I am looking forward to see what else is coming. BTW my favorite seen is when Clint has to LARP. I could not laugh. worth watching just for that.

Grade B


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