Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Rihanna
Director: Gary Ross
Everybody's buzzing about the all-female cast of the latest Ocean's heist flick, previously a boys club, and it's true they give the $1.2 billion franchise a refreshing infusion of feminine energy. Ocean's 8 is at least as fun with Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett in the George Clooney and Brad Pitt roles: best buds who commit crimes with style (this time, robbing New York’s star-studded Met Gala dressed to the nines, instead of some tacky casino). It’s a totally satisfying movie that combines the felonious delights of Ocean's 11 with the girl-power wish fulfillment of Sex and the City (only better written, by the writer of Big and The Hunger Games).
Their gang — hacker Rihanna, pickpocket Awkwafina, mommy-track grifter Sarah Paulson, jewelry forger Mindy Kaling and fashion designer Helena Bonham Carter — have an irresistible camaraderie that has been spilling out into their press promotion for the film. Paulson’s and Blanchett’s razzing and antics made Hoda Kotb ruin her makeup laughing herself to tears on the Today show. They were continuing a proud tradition of hijinks that began with Frank Sinatra's original Danny Ocean prankster gang in the series' first film in 1960, revived by Clooney's team in the 2001, 2004 and 2007 reboots. Here's another sequel that feels like a raucous party.