Both Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio seem to be favorites of director Quentin Tarantino, teaming up with them on more than one occasion.
This week, the most recent film they’ve teamed up on, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” was made available through home rental outlets.
According to the production company, Tarantino’s ninth feature film is set in 1969 and takes place in Los Angeles at the height of hippy Hollywood.
The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (DiCaprio, “Titanic” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”), former star of a western television series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt, “Moneyball” and “12 Monkeys”).
Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor — Sharon Tate.
A model and actress, Tate married Roman Polanski, her director and co-star in 1967’s The Fearless Vampire Killers, in 1968.
A year later she and four others were murdered by members of the Charles Manson Family in the home she shared with Polanski. At the time of her death, she was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with the couple’s son.
Despite not yet hitting theaters, there are already some critic reviews, with the majority of them positive, giving a score of 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer.
Top Critic Peter Howell of the “Toronto Star” said, “Tarantino is in absolutely no hurry to tell his story. He luxuriates in the recreation of a world that clearly fascinates him.”
Top Critic Stephanie Zacharek with TIME Magazine said, “Pitt and DiCaprio are marvelous together, and though neither are what any of us should call ‘old,’ their faces, once as flawless as airbrushed high-school portraits, have now achieved a more weathered perfection.”
The film is rated R for language throughout, some strong graphic violence, drug use and sexual references.
Other films coming to theaters this weekend include:
n “Hustlers,” directed by Lorene Scafaria and starriing Jennifer Lopez, Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles and Keke Palmer. The film follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.
This film is rated R for pervasive sexual material, drug content, language and nudity.
n “It: Chapter Two,” directed by Andy Muschietti and starring James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and Isaiah Mustafa. Evil resurfaces in Derry as the Losers Club are reunited in a return to where it all began. Twenty-seven years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise, he has returned to terrorize the town of Derry once more. Now adults, the Losers have long since gone their separate ways. However, kids are disappearing again, so Mike, the only one of the group to remain in their hometown, calls the others home.
This film is rated R for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language and some crude sexual material.
The synopsis for each film has been taken from rottentomatoes.com.