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  • The Peanut Butter Falcon:

    Its star is Zack Gottsagen in his movie debut, a young actor who has Down syndrome, a condition also demonstrated by his character, a young man named Zack. Zack lives in a nursing home for the elderly. His family abandoned him early in his life because of his condition, and he has bounced around the system in the care of the State, in this case, North Carolina, and there is just nowhere else for him to be placed, which is why he is with this aging demographic, despite the fact that he is only 20. His caregiver is Eleanor (Dakota Johnson of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bad Times at the El Royale), and he shares a room with Carl (Bruce Dern) whose main claim to fame is that he has a VCR on which Zack plays the same tape many times each day, an infomercial by a former pro wrestler named Saltwater Redneck (Thomas Haden Church) who lives down the coast a piece. When the tape was made, Saltwater was promoting his wrestling school, to learn the secrets of the pros. Little does Zack know that the tape is more than a decade old, and many things have changed along the way. He has tried unsuccessfully to escape the nursing home before, but always gets caught ... not this time though. He wants to escape so he can find Saltwater Redneck, take the course, and become a pro wrestler. Scripted by Tyler Nilsson and Michael Schwartz, the filmmakers saw this as a modern Huckleberry Finn, and when the on-the-lam Zack encounters a dodgy crab fisherman named Tyler (Shia Labeouf) the die is cast for them to go on the lam together, seeking out Saltwater Redneck. This is a very small, independent movie with no special effects, a story that has us wondering just how it will all work out, and some fine performances, especially by newcomer Zack Gottsagen, as well as Church and LaBeouf. Is it possible for the two young men to beat their demons and find a life more deserving of the one they have been living? No spoilers here ... a lot of things happen, some too coincidental to be completely believable, but with two very angry, very bad men chasing Tyler, and Eleanor on the trail of Zack, every day is a new adventure. If you want to participate in a small character study with a worthwhile payoff, this one makes the grade. Rated PG for language.

     

  • Good Boys:

    This is the first time in American movie-making, that the words "tweens" and an "R" rating go together. The language is particularly foul, and the boys and girls who are at the heart of this alleged comedy swear like drunken sailors ... maybe worse - I wouldn't want to demean drunken sailors by comparing them to this lot. Contrary to the title, they are not such good boys. Three sixth-graders, the language of which would be far more likely to be found in a Seth Rogan movie, skip school and go on something of an epic afternoon, which involves girls, drugs, and the need to make it home on time for a family event. Vancouver's Jacob Tremblay (Room) leads the group. The boys are out trying to learn how to have their first kiss, and have no clue how to go about learning. In the process they get into all kinds of trouble with things that they don't understand - things of a highly adult nature. In fact, as the three young actors point out in a promo running in theatres on the weekend, they aren't even old enough to see the movie themselves, in part because it uses what they call "too much slang." What I heard wasn't "slang," there were a lot of "F" bombs. Exploring the producers of the movie ... yep, there it is - Seth Rogan! it's clear that this movie is a prequel to Rogan, and producing and writing partner Evan Goldberg's "Superbad." Look, it's not my kind of thing, definitely not my kind of humour, but audiences leaving the theatre opening night gave it a big thumbs up, and the box office doesn't lie, so clearly, the movies' audience has been found and it likes what it saw. Rated 14A here, and a hard "R" rating in the U.S.

  • The Angry Birds Movie 2:

    It has been three years since the adventures of the first Angry Birds movie, and this sequel does not require you, in any way, to go back to watch the first animated film so that you're up to speed. The plot is as thin as a game of Angry Birds played out on a phone, an iPod, or any other device, and it's really just more of the same. The real fun is in trying to figure out whose voices are attached to which creatures. It's war between the Birds and the Pigs, as usual, with King Mudbeard, ruler of the Bad Piggies, intent on revenge after the events of the first movie when the Birds definitely came out on top. The war seems endless until the introduction of a large, mysterious, purple bird named Zeta, who threatens all the creatures with a big freeze by bringing an ice age upon them. Now the Piggies have no choice but to team up with the birds to overcome this threat. Features the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Awkwafina, Bill Hader, Tiffany Haddish, Maya Rudolf, Sterling K. Brown, and Peter Dinklage to name just a few. Rated PG.
  • Burning Cane (2019):

    This is a small, arthouse film that is getting a chance at a larger audience on Netflix. The most dramatic thing about this tale of a Southern preacher with a boatload of personal problems, is the fact that its director, Phillip Youmans, was just 19 when the film was released, and he was in high school when he wrote it. Wendell Pierce is the wayward preacher who is the center of what is a challenging, and somewhat roughly-produced bit of cinema. A flawed, but interesting film. Rated 14A.

     

    Green Eggs and Ham (2019):

    This Netflix original stars Timothee Chalamet, and heir to the throne of England in the early 1400s. He has no desire to pursue that line of work, and has turned his back on the monarchy ... until his father dies suddenly, making him King Henry V. Trying to acknowledge the fact that he must now embrace all that he had left behind, the young king struggles with wars, politics, and relationships. Robert Pattinson and Joel Edgerton also star. Rated 14A.

His Dark Materials (2019):

Based on the sci-fi series of novels by Phillip Pullman, this is a new series that follows its characters through parallel universes and strange worlds. The home world is not our own, but rather one where every human has an assigned animal that is its constant companion and partner. A youthful cast leads this series which is, in some respects, a junior version, in terms of character and complexity, of Game of Thrones. Rated PG.

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan

John Krasinski is back for season two of this action-packed spy thriller which, in its first season last year, was a huge hit for Amazon Prime. This time the action shifts to Venezuela as Ryan is sent into to covertly determine the threat to the Americas given the challenges raised by the Government of this South American country. Filming also took place in Europe and in other parts of the world, giving this TV series a big-screen look that would fit perfectly in a movie theatre. Eight new episodes make this a perfect binge-watch. Rated 14A.