Both Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio seem to be favorites of director Quentin Tarantino, teaming up with them on more than one occassion.
This weekend, the work of all three will come together in the film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
Set in 1969, Tarantino’s ninth feature film 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 “Skin,” directed by Guy Nattiv and staring Jamie Bell, Danielle MacDonald, Bill Camp and Louisa Krause. A white supremacist reforms his life after falling in love but saying goodbye to his skinhead life isn’t a clean process. He must betray his former gang and work alongside the FBI in order to remove the body ink that has represented his identity for so long, as well as the burden of the gang’s crimes he has carried.
The film is rated R for disturbing violent content, pervasive language, some sexuality, and brief drug use.
n “The Mountain,” directed by Rick Alverson and staring Tye Sheridan, Jeff Goldblum, Denis Lavant and Udo Kier. It’s 1950s America and since his mother’s confinement to an institution, Andy has lived in the shadow of his stoic father. A family acquaintance, Dr. Wallace Fiennes, employs the introverted young man as a photographer to document an asylum tour advocating for his increasingly controversial lobotomy procedure.As the tour progresses and Andy witnesses the doctor’s career and life unravel, he begins to identify with the institutions’ patients.
The film has an NR rating.
The synopsis for each film has been taken from rottentomatoes.com.