Friday, March 25, 2022

2022 Movie Guide

The Worst Person in the World - 4 Stars - Theaters February 11th Subtitled in Danish.  Nominated for Best Foreign film and best screenplay, a delicious coming of age story about a young woman who can't quite find her path until she does.  Lead actress Renate Reinsve wins your heart. 

Licorice Pizza - 4 Stars - THEATERS DECEMBER 25th - A hustling 15-year-old boy finds his soulmate in a woman ten years older.  And the screwball comedy adventures begin.    

Nightmare Alley - 4 Stars - HBO Max - Update of the 1947 film noir far surpasses the original.  Bradley Cooper leads a grand cast in the rise and fall of a carney con man. 

The Power of the Dog - 4 Stars - NETFLIX - Cruel rancher Benedict Cumberbatch dislikes his brother's new wife and son in a grand epic with a shocking finale.    
 
Coda - 4 Stars - APPLE TV - 17-year-old girl discovers her passion for singing in Coda, which stands for Child of Deaf Adults. Break out star Emilia Jones soars in this heart warmer about the tension between ambition and family duty.  With Marlee Matlin.  Heart-warming.

Lucy and Desi - 4 Stars - AMAZON TV - March, 2020 - Comic Any Poehler stiches together a definitive tribute to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, who created television's most brilliant sitcom in spite of the stormy problems of their marriage.   

Summer of Soul - 4 Stars - HULU - One of the greatest concerts films ever culled from footage shot during the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival - a series of free concerts held over six weekends in a Harlem city park. The music captures the great cultural changes in society during that time.  The footage intended for syndication languished in the wake of Woodstock - held the same summer.  This is better.  

Belfast - 3 1/2 Stars - Kenneth Branagh's touching memoir of growing up in Northern Ireland during the Irish civil war.   

The Tender Bar - 3 1/2 Stars---AMAZON - Satisfying coming of age story.  Long island bar owner Ben Affleck mentors Tye Sheridan on his road to becoming a scholar and writer.  

Windfall - 3 Stars - NETFLIX - A hostage situation in a vacation home turns into something entirely different.  With Jesse Plemons, Lily Collins,a nd Jason Segal. 
 
King Richard - 3 Stars - HBO MAX - Will Smith as Richard Williams, father of tennis stars Venus and Serena and his determination that they succeed. 

Being the Ricardos - 3 Stars - AMAZON PRIME - I love Lucy backstage lore revisited with Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem.  J. K. Simmons stands out as William Frawley. 

Don't Look Up - 2 1/2 Stars.  NETFLIX - Astronomers Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio discover a comet the size of Mount Everest headed our way.  Life on earth will end, but nobody listens.  Some laughs and some groans.  

Deep Water - 2 Stars - HULU - March 18, 2022 - Ben Affleck deals with wife Ana De Armas' serial infidelities in various murderous ways.