By Chris Kavan - 06/17/20 at 11:40 AM CT
Another week full of surprise the biggest of which - to no surprise - is that summer movie season is once again put into question as Christopher Nolan's Tenet was pushed back - leading to a cascade of other changes, including Wonder Woman 1984 pushed all the way into October. But the ratings board is still chugging along with one big film (still slated for a summer release at this time) and one of the year's most anticipated horror films (well, one of my most anticipated horror films, anyway) getting their ratings due. At least there is something to celebrate in these trying times.
While romance has never - and will never - be my cup of tea, it has a built in audience all its own. Which is why The Broken Hearts Gallery should find no problem giving romance-starved audiences something to look forward to in July (should things remain as they are, anyway). The film follows Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan) a 20-something art gallery assistant in New York City who always seems to be on the wrong side of love. This emotional hoarder, however, has kept a memento from every failed relationship and she comes up with the idea to showcase her journey in the form of a pop-up space. Of course word gets out and soon she is drawing kindred spirits, sparking a fresh start for the romantics of the city - and maybe even for herself. The film co-stars Dacre Montgomery, Molly Gordon, Bernadette Peters, Suki Waterhouse and Phillipa Soo. Get your tissues ready now. Rated for sexual content throughout and some crude references, strong language and drug references.
Now, on the completely other side of genres, I do enjoy nontraditional horror films - films that bend the mind as well as just overtly creeping you out. The past few years have seen a slew of fantastic horror offerings - It Follows, Hereditary, Midsommar, The Babadook and Raw just to name a few. Now, Relic looks to join those ranks. The film follows mother and daughter Kay and Sam (Emily Mortimer and Bella Heathcote) who find themselves rushing to their crumbling family estate when word reaches them that Kay's mother, Edna (Robyn Nevin) has gone missing. Searching the home, they find increasing clues that point to Edna's dementia taking hold. When Edna reappears just as suddenly as she vanished - it soon becomes apparent something much darker is going on as Edna turns much more volatile and dangerous. This is exactly the kind of film I want in horror - something that takes an idea that is already scary (dementia) and ups the ante. It worked for M. Night Shyamalan in The Visit - we'll see how it plays out for first-time writer/director Natalie Erika James, but I'm looking forward to this one already. Rated R for some horror violence/disturbing images,
There you have it - two films lucky enough to be mentioned - but there is more, so check out the full MPAA Ratings Bulletin below:
THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY
Rated PG-13 for sexual content throughout and some crude references, strong language and drug references.
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of disaster action, some violence, bloody images and brief strong language.
Rated R for strong crude sexual content, drug use, graphic nudity and language throughout.
ON THE ROCKS
Rated R for some language/sexual references.
Rated R for some horror violence/disturbing images and language.
THEN CAME YOU
Rated PG-13 for sexual material and some strong language.
Rated R for violence, language, brief sexuality and drug use.