We start the show this week by reviewing Claire Scanlon’s impressively unfunny comedy THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING (2:30), which is about dysfunctional siblings (Kristen Bell and Ben Platt) who reluctantly travel to the UK with their mom (Allison Janney) for their half-sister’s wedding. Next, we delve into Mark Mylod’s delicious social satire/horror film THE MENU (18:48), where a hyper-exclusive dining experience turns into a battle of wits between its mastermind chef (Ralph Fiennes) and an unexpected diner (Anya Taylor-Joy). Then we wrap up with Rian Johnson’s wildly entertaining whodunnit GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY (42:10), the much-anticipated sequel to Johnson’s murder mystery hit KNIVES OUT. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about a Patron’s choice, Griffin Dunne’s 1998 film PRACTICAL MAGIC, starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman!
Because we recorded this episode on January 6, 2021, we take a moment to acknowledge the day’s events before we talk about any movies this week. After we do that, Megan kicks things off with SHADOW IN THE CLOUD (3:25), Roseanne Liang’s WWII action/horror film starring Chloë Grace Moretz. Then everyone reviews HERSELF (14:18). This film tackles difficult content so we offer a trigger warning before discussing Phyllida Lloyd’s drama about a single mother (Clare Dunne, who also wrote the screenplay) who escapes an abusive ex and struggles to find a home for her children. We wrap up with ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI (33:19), Regina King’s directorial debut, an adaptation of Kemp Powers’ stage play about a fictional meeting between Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr), and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge). And on this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we pay tribute to the late Joan Micklin Silver by discussing her 1975 directorial debut HESTER STREET.