Friday, February 26, 2021

Weekend Watch: Women Behaving Badly in ‘Hotel Artemis’ and ‘Ocean’s 8’

Sterling K. Brown and Sofia Boutella in a scene from ‘Hotel Artemis.’

Women are behaving badly in “Hotel Artemis”—and the men are just as bad. In spite of all the bad behavior, audiences will be biting their nails sitting on the edge of the seats, and wondering what’s going to happen next.

 “Hotel Artemis,” takes place in 2018 when L.A. is besieged by widespread rioting.  Jody Foster (The Nurse) operates a hospital with advanced technology and the facility only treats criminals. But no guns are allowed, no cops, and no killing.

Guests at Hotel Artemis include Sterling K. Brown, his brother Brian Tyree Henry, Wolf King crime boss Jeff Goldblum, and kick ass assassin Sofia Boutella. There is one exception to the rules, however,  and it’s the cop Jenny Slate.  That’s because Slade and Foster have history. You have to see the movie to find out about that relationship.

Directed by Drew Pearce, “Hotel Artemis” also stars an impressive Dave Bautista and Zachary Quinto.

Ocean’s 8

(L-R) Rihanna. Mindy Kaling, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, and Helena Bonham Carter in ‘Ocean’s 8.’

Women behaving badly in “Ocean’s 8,” directed by Gary Ross, are Danny Ocean’s sister Sandra Bullock (Debbie Ocean), her cohorts Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson, and Helena Bonham Carter. Fortunately, their hit is not on a person but the Met in New York City where the opulent Met Gala is held each year.

Unfortunately, theatergoers have to sit through a boring 80 minutes or more before the pace picks up–and that is just before the heist. The object of the Ocean’s 8 sting is $150 million in diamonds that will be worn by actress Daphne Kluger (Hathaway). The scenes leading up to the stealing of the necklace, which are towards the end of the film, are the only scenes that are engaging.       Twitter: @thefilmstrip

Marie Moore
Veteran syndicated journalist who covers film and television.



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