Hello, friends! Here are some fresh date night options, either for couples dates or dates with your kids. Thanks to our new Movie Pass cards, we’re seeing more movies at the theater than ever! Recents include 12 Strong, The Darkest Hour, Maze Runner: Death Cure (with my 16-year-old son), Game Night (this was a Regal card screening, not yet in theaters), The 15:17 to Paris, and Black Panther.
I love most of what Marvel releases and Black Panther is no exception! The setting was fascinating and I loved both the new characters and the development of characters from related movies.
Chadwick Boseman is just so likable and a great Black Panther. Letitia Wright, who plays Shuri, T’Challa’s (the Black Panther’s) sister, is like a teenage, female Q from the Bond movies—so cool! The female characters in this movie are strong, positive roll models. This is a great role for Marvin Freeman too, as CIA agent Everett K. Ross.
If you haven’t seen photos of the Black Panther Red Carpet premier, check out the amazing clothing worn by the actors.
Game Night releases on Friday the 23rd. A weekly couples’ game night gets out of control when the kidnapping in a murder mystery party turns real. This one calls for suspension of disbelief; I laughed a lot.
It’s rated R for language and some violence (no sex or nudity), although a lot of the violence is comic in nature.
Amazon Prime Video
A good friend recommended Endeavour and we’ve watched the first two episodes this week—I love it! We’re reading detective fiction (Father Brown and Sherlock Holmes) in the high school class I teach one day a week, analyzing the difference in fictional detectives and how they operate.
I like the show’s primary character Constable Morse: an isolated but intelligent rookie who doesn’t get much respect from his fellow officers—either from envy or who knows why (more of his backstory seems to be revealed in each episode)—except for his boss Inspector Thursday.
The setting is 1960s Oxford, England, and the episodes are long, approximately an hour and a half each.
I saw Logan Lucky twice in the theater and I’m tickled to see it added to Amazon Prime Video this month.
Rent 20th Anniversary Tour at the Fox
Rent comes to the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on its 20th anniversary tour from February 20-28. From the official website:
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.
This show is not recommended for children under 13.
What is the best movie you’ve seen recently or your favorite streamable show?