Gayle On Film: Four New Releases This Holiday Season

The Darkest Hour: A

In "Darkest Hour,” Gary Oldman gives a commanding performance as Winston Churchill as he is made prime minister of England in 1940 as the island nation once again faces world war. He doesn't have the complete support of the crown or his own party, but what director Joe Wright shows is how Churchill had the unmistakable statesmanship that eventually galvanized his king and country. I recommend a "Darkest Hour"/"Dunkirk" movie night for fellow history buffs.

The Disaster Artist: A-

Imagine, if you will if the guys from "Dumb & Dumber" had millions and millions of unlimited funds? That's the feeling some may come away with watching James Franco star in "The Disaster Artist" which he also directed. You'll alternate between cringing and guffawing of this drama-mentary about the making of the 2003 film "The Room."

"The Room" is a notoriously bad film written by and starring Tommy Wiseau, featuring a plum part for his friend Greg Sestero. It has garnered cult film status, with crowds heading to theaters to recite the famously laughable dialogue much like devotees of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Wiseau and Sestero meet in acting class. Striking an instant friendship not long after, the vampiric looking Wiseau invites Sestero to move to Los Angeles to live in one of his apartments and follow their dreams to stardom.
Wiseau is an oddball of enigmatic origins. He claims to be from N'awlins, but he's more from across the pond than across the swamp. Wiseau is also unbelievably wealthy enough to fund his own film. Franco is decidedly fascinating and hilarious in the role. Seth Rogen is solid comic relief as part of Wiseau's production team dumbfounded by the fact that the writer can't remember his own lines or can make payroll. And the film is so well done, one need not see "The Room." Definitely one of the years quirkiest, enjoyable films.
Roman J. Israel, Esq: B

If you're a fan of Denzel Washington, there is much to like in "Roman J. Israel, Esq." Washington is the titular character who finds himself on the uncomfortable end of change. Israel is a legal dilettante, and the audience can infer he is likely someone who could be classified as high-functioning on the autism spectrum due to his ability to quote legalese chapter and verse. While the trailer makes this film seem as if it is some kind of action drama, it's merely the story of one unusual man making a life-defining ethical compromise in response to the disappearance of the familiar. Washington is the strongest part of a story that leaves some elements unexplored and includes some that are unnecessary, but it is solidly engaging.

Wonder Wheel: C+

One of the few reasons to see Woody Allen's "Wonder Wheel" is Kate Winslet's performance as a failed actress turned Coney Island waitress. She's disappointed in her working-class husband and has a firebug young son. Having a beautiful stepdaughter doesn't help the situation. Enter a younger, dashing lifeguard (Justin Timberlake) and a rather benign drama of a love triangle begins. While shot quite nicely, this is movie seems to be working out something of the Allen mystique that falls flat.

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Animals

Bush Baby Rescue & Kitty's Close Call & Dancing Snakes

Bush Baby Rescue & Kitty's Close Call & Dancing Snakes

First, when a man in South Africa spots a bush baby in distress, he notices she's been separated from one of her babies. In this sweet clip, he's helping to reunite the two. That mama was ready to have her baby back! Next, a kitty in Thailand has no idea it's being followed by a predator. As it slips underneath a wall, it just barely misses a snake's grasp. Talk about a close call! (via ViralHog) View Now

Celebrity

Ricky Gervais Gives Us The Lowdown On British Slang

Ricky Gervais Gives Us The Lowdown On British Slang

Ricky Gervais is (virtually) sitting down with Vanity Fair for a "chin wag." Sure he's pretty busy writing, producing, directing, and starring in his hit show "After Life" on Netflix, but he finds time for the occasional "bevvy." He's a bit "cheesed-off" about having to postpone some gigs, but if he hadn't, things could have turned out "shambolic." Don't know what any of these terms mean? View Now
Troye Sivan Takes On At-Home Cooking Challenge

Troye Sivan Takes On At-Home Cooking Challenge

Like many of us, Bon Appétit's awesome cooking challenge series "Back-To-Back Chef" is also adapting to COVID-19 with "Side-By-Side Chef." In this at-home episode, singer-songwriter Troye Sivan is taking a crack at making some delicious Japanese pancakes. He has to follow chef Carla Music's verbal instructions only, but the question is, will he be able to pull it off without peeking at their video chat? Let's find out! View Now
Molly Sims' Son Reacts Adorably To Helping Her Wax

Molly Sims' Son Reacts Adorably To Helping Her Wax

Salons have been closed temporarily during quarantine, so Molly Sims and her son Brooks are taking matters into their own hands. Brooks is helping her wax at home, but it seems much more intense than he expected! After helping his mom pull off the wax strip, Brooks' reaction is so sweet. View Now

Love is in the Air

Parents Reunite With Daughter After Quarantine

Parents Reunite With Daughter After Quarantine

Quarantine is especially hard if you're separated from the people you love most. In this case, parents were separated from their high-risk toddler after her father tested positive for COVID-19. After staying with her grandparents for three weeks, it's heartwarming to see the family finally have the chance to reconnect and embrace one another. Reunited and it feels so good! View Now

RTM Hall of Fame

Quarantined Stuntmen Create Insane Battle Sequence

Quarantined Stuntmen Create Insane Battle Sequence

Quarantine isn't stopping these stunt performers from having an action-packed battle! The athletes are doing stunts from their homes, but the whole fight is perfectly timed so it looks like they're duking it out in the same room. You can watch the full video below. View Now
Little Girl's Lipstick Chronicles

Little Girl's Lipstick Chronicles

We simply cannot get enough of the hilarious, adorable fashionista that is 2-year-old Willa. You see, Willa is an independent little lady, so she went into the bathroom and did a little pampering. Now, her dad Peter has a few questions for her — and her responses are pure gold. View Now
We're Giving This Guy A Big Thumbs Up

We're Giving This Guy A Big Thumbs Up

We all have something about ourselves that's unique to us, and for Jacob Pina, it's his thumb. For reasons unknown to him, Jacob's thumb is a whopping 5 inches long — making it pretty disproportionate to the rest of his fingers. We think it's awesome that Jacob has no time for the haters and is embracing the things in life that make him different with such a positive attitude. View Now