Gayle On Film: Latest Releases Are A Must See

The Post: B+

In "The Post," Steven Spielberg aptly documents the First Amendment battle between the Washington Post and the Nixon White House over the release of the Pentagon Papers. Tom Hanks does fine work as editor Ben Bradlee, but the film also leans heavily on the story of publisher Katherine Graham. Meryl Streep embodies the woman who lunches and dines with the people whom opinion columns are written about. In the current cultural moment, it's an interesting look at how Graham grew from that role of hosting dinner parties attended by the Secretary of Defense to then go on to question him about the US role in Vietnam.

Molly's Game: A
Jessica Chastain shines in the film based on the true-life story of Molly Bloom — champion skier turned poker maven. She deliciously handles Aaron Sorkin's snappy and sharp dialogue like a champion skier on a gold medal run black diamond moguls. Bloom comes from a family of academic and athletic champions pushed along by a boilerplate pushy dad (Kevin Costner). An injury forces her from the top of the mountain to waitressing. But it's not long before her strong personality gets her a gig as an assistant for a guy running an exclusive high stakes poker game for A-listers. She ends up stealing his clients, creating her own exclusive game room. Throw in some sketchy Russians and a guy willing to use a REAL Monet as collateral to get into a game and you've got one entertaining film.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: A-
It's hard to imagine anyone else but Frances McDormand playing Mildred Hayes. Mildred is not particularly happy with the police investigation of the violent murder of her daughter. Her unhappiness leads her to post three billboards asking the chief of police (Woody Harrelson) why there haven't been any arrests. The town isn't particularly on Mildred's side, especially one deputy (Sam Rockwell) who has a reputation of violating the civil rights of black citizens and not being particularly good at his job. The strong language coupled with a mounting escalation of hate between Mildred and the deputy create one watchable tableau from beginning to end.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: B
The bromance continues between Dwayne Johnson and comedian Kevin Hart in "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle." This time, the guys play two out of the four kids who find themselves in detention. While they should be doing some busy work, they find an old video game system and start playing Jumanji. Next thing you know, they're transported into a real-life jungle with entirely new bodies... The nerd winds up with Johnson's rippling muscles. Ironically enough, the football player is now a short weapons bearer for Johnson and the cute girl becomes a heavier-set male explorer played by actor Jack Black. All three excel at playing teens who are just trying to get comfortable in their adult bodies. Yes, the Rock is more like a pebble when it comes to the ladies. The action and comedic banter make this film exactly what it needs to be — FUN!
I, Tonya: B
What was Tonya Harding's role in the events leading up to the Olympics that left Nancy Kerrigan grabbing her knee crying, "Why? Why?" Well, from Tonya's perspective in this film, not much. Margot Robbie delivers a solid performance as the in-your-face, working-class ice skater. She has a difficult relationship with skating judges and a conflicted relationship with her husband Jeff (who is shown as the one to set the Kerrigan plot in motion). Her greatest relational struggle is with her mother, played with award-worthy chops by Allison Janney. In the film, she's seen paying a guy to heckle Tonya to get the best performance out of her. Yes, it's a troublesome relationship. However, the plot to get Kerrigan was remarkably uncomplicated and comical. Beware, the language in this film earns every inch of its R rating but the performances nevertheless earn an "A."

Animals

Wildlife Puts On Adorable Show

Wildlife Puts On Adorable Show

Up in Saskatchewan, Canada, Brandon White captured some incredible footage of wildlife being downright adorable at sunset. From beavers and river otters to stunning birds — everyone's showing up to the party. Lucky us! View Now
Dog Jumps Out The Window & Dogs Meets Spider

Dog Jumps Out The Window & Dogs Meets Spider

This hilarious dog is literally so nervous trying to run through this house! He didn’t recognize his owner and went into instant panic mode and leapt out a window in the back of the house just to get away from who he thought was a total stranger. Next, to another few dogs whose owners are curious what their reactions will be to a big remote-control-spider. They seem a little cautious at first and ultimately they just play around in a mindset of confusion and playfulness! View Now

Recipes

Cook Old-School Italian Meals With Nonna

Cook Old-School Italian Meals With Nonna

I'm sure most of us can remember great times of helping your grandmother cook or maybe skipping the helping part and just eating her amazing food. Nonna Elda is an 81-year-old great-grandma who loves to share her recipes. Her granddaughter Alessandra films and runs her accounts, and she's super popular on TikTok! View Now

Celebrity

Gayle Bass And Christian Vera Visit The Cheech Center

Gayle Bass And Christian Vera Visit The Cheech Center

If you thought Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marin — yes, the Cheech — was just an actor, comedian, musician and activist, then think again! Cheech has passionately collected Chicano art for years, and became the owner of the largest privately owned collection of Chicano art in the world. View Now
Tia Mowry Sings The Songs That Mean Something To Her

Tia Mowry Sings The Songs That Mean Something To Her

Fans probably know Tia Mowry best from her iconic sitcom “Sister, Sister,” where she starred with her twin Tamara. However, fans might not know that Tia is big into music. InStyle asked the star to sing some of the songs that had the biggest impact on her life. From Tupac Shakur to Celine Dion, her musical taste really runs the gamut. View Now
Fans Sing ‘You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling’ To Tom Cruise

Fans Sing ‘You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling’ To Tom Cruise

Usually, it’s Tom Cruise who is surprising people with his big movies and even bigger stunts. This time, however, while he was filming Mission Impossible 8 in South Africa, it was Mr. Cruise’s time to be surprised by his fans. A large group of fans serenaded the megastar with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers, just like that iconic bar scene from the original "Top Gun." View Now

Love is in the Air

You’re Kidding…Right?

You’re Kidding…Right?

Leave it to your closest friends and family to prank you even on one of the most important days of your life…your wedding day. When Dontae turns to his brother and best man Shadon for the ring, he gets nervous when Shadon is fidgeting like he forgot the most important thing he needed to remember. When he pulls out a ring pop, everyone is cracking up besides the groom himself. But don’t worry…he didn’t actually forget the real ring! via ViralHog View Now

RTM Hall of Fame

Chicken Sandwich With A Side Of Independence

Chicken Sandwich With A Side Of Independence

An advocate mom, a patient employee and a hungry teen are the recipe for a heartwarming trip through the Chick-fil-A drive-thru. The 17-year-old Ste'ce is sitting in the backseat. He has autism and is nonverbal. His mom Shayla knows her job is to help instill indepence in her son and here she does just that by reminding Ste'ce to ask for what he needs. In this moment all that's required is a picture menu and the few extra moments it takes to teach inclusiveness. Ste'ce's smile speaks volumes! View Now
Notice Anything Unusual About This Guy's Tongue?

Notice Anything Unusual About This Guy's Tongue?

Kobe Freeman was enjoying a hamburger when he felt a sharp pain in his mouth. Somehow, a bee had gotten onto Kobe's burger and it stung his tongue while he was eating! His tongue swelled up to massive proportions, so he took to social media to find a remedy that worked. You can keep up with Kobe Freeman on Instagram and TikTok. View Now
Home Invasion Captured Live On Zoom!

Home Invasion Captured Live On Zoom!

What started as just a normal Zoom classroom meeting turned into a call for action to help a fellow student. A woman in Ecuador was robbed while she was taking part in the virtual classroom, her laptop capturing the whole thing. Other students and the professor sprang into action, contacting the police right away. Fortunately, nobody was harmed and the suspects were arrested soon after the incident. The cellphones they stole led the police right to their location. View Now