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It has been a long summer. I’m not talking about heat, humidity or drought. Well, I’m kind of talking about a drought, a much less serious drought, a drought of good movies. Fortunately, the movie distribution companies change their strategy of releasing films with the beginning of the school year and the onset of fall. Good movies are coming back. This weekend is “The Master,” next weekend is “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” and the following weekend is the one most relevant, “Looper” with Emily Blunt along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing a much younger Bruce Willis.
That’s at least one movie a week that looks interesting. I think the month of August passed without a movie about which I could say that. Then again, it’s not like there aren’t uninteresting movies bleeding into fall, as this weekend has another “Resident Evil” movie, next week comes another attempt at Judge Dredd, and the following week has grumpy, doddering Clint Eastwood in “Trouble with the Curve.” (I have to say, one of my favorite movies of all time is “Unforgiven.” One of the movies I hate more than anything is “Million Dollar Baby.” I have very mixed feelings about the man. However, just watching the previews for this baseball movie, I want to feed the movie to goats, assuming it isn’t as toxic to their stomachs as it is to my eyes and ears.)
So, as a fan of good movies, I can plan to see one movie a week for the rest of September. For the other days, here are the five movies with Emily that I’ll use to pass the time until the following Friday.
5. Your Sister’s Sister
I discussed this one when I looked at Rosemarie DeWitt, and how I thought it looked good. A Metacritic score of 72 along with the presence of two lovely ladies makes it an easy listing on another top five.
4. The Great Buck Howard
Quality wise, “Your Sister’s Sister” belongs higher on this list, but “The Great Buck Howard” has so many cool stars that I find myself more intrigued with its possibilities. Colin Hanks, John Malkovich, Ricky Jay, Steve Zahn, Adam Scott and Tom Hanks join Emily in this star-studded affair.
3. The Five-Year Engagement
Not only is Emily in this one, it also has Alison Brie, star of “Community” and Chris Pratt, star of “Parks and Recreation.” I love those TV shows. If I ever get the money to make a blockbuster movie, I swear to combine the casts of those two sitcoms in a space adventure involving ice-cream dispensing robots and a planet of vampire kittens.
2. The Devil Wears Prada
1. The Adjustment Bureau
I’m a sucker for Philip K. Dick adaptations. I really liked this one. I liked “Paycheck.” I liked “Blade Runner.” But, “The Adjustment Bureau” is the only one that combines the beauty of Emily with John Slattery and his underrated ability to make a suit look great.
Agree? Disagree? Which movies would make your Emily Blunt top five?