Friday movies on the radio: Talking “Gatsby” and “Peeples” and “The Graduate”

740gameI’ll be defending myself for liking Baz Luhrmann’s take on “The Great Gatsby” this am on 740 The Game. 

The Leo DiCaprio/Tobey Maguire/Carey Mulligan film has earned mostly, but far from overwhelmingly, negative reviews. It isn’t the book, but it does have empathetic performances, a dazzling design and a real sense of that age and the movie’s big themes. It works, I think. Leo’s best work as an adult. But you have to go with it, and a lot of people won’t.

“Peeples” is a pretty funny “Meet the Parents” clone, with Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier and that kid from “Everybody Hates Chris” all landing lots and lots of laughs. This is has earned better reviews than “The Great Gatsby,” believe it or not.

“No One Lives” is a standard issue horror picture about rural, murderous thugs kidnapping a couple (Luke Evans is the guy), and slowly figuring out they made a mistake. They’ve nabbed Dexter. Or a guy like him.

The Saturday matinee classic at Enzian is “The Graduate,” the essential ’60s masterwork that heralded the director’s decade — the 70s.

And of course, we’ll talk about Enzian’s “Gone with the Wind” Mother’s Day showing. Got brunch plans? Don’t want to have to talk for four hours while you do? GWTW.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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