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  • The Lion King:

    Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Jungle Book are all Disney animated films that received the live action treatment over the past few years, and I would place this new version of 1994's Lion King at the head of that list for originality, for story, and for the sheer beauty of the computer generated animation.  I very quickly forgot that I was watching CGI, so realistic were the animals, the forests, and the African deserts.  It could have been a National Geographic special ... but with talking animals!  The story follows the traditional path ... Mufasa (voice of James Earl Jones) is the King, responsible for his Pride of African lions.  There is jealousy afoot though, as Mufasa and his mate Sarabi (Alfre Woodard) bring a new life into the world, that of Simba, whose bloodline will one day make him the King.  Scar is Mufasa's brother (voice of Chiwetel Ejiofor) and he has always begrudged Mufasa for mating with Sarabi. When baby Simba comes along, it's just another reminder that Scar is not going to have the opportunity to rule the Pride.  In short order, Scar dispatches his brother, using Simba as bait, and he convinces Simba that it was the young lion cub's fault that his father died ... and tells Simba that there is only one solution - run away, and never come back.  The comic relief in this dramatic story is provided perfectly by a warthog named Pumbaa (Seth Rogan) and his wise guy companion, a smart-mouthed meerkat named Timon (Billy Eichner).  They become Simba's best friends in his new life. Nala (Beyonce) was Simba's best friend when they were cubs, and she has now sought him out because the Pride is in danger of extinction ... he needs to take his rightful place as king.  The story holds together perfectly, and the technology used to create the entire effect is stupendous.   All of the lions, and many of the other characters are voiced by actors with African roots.  The rating is PG not, G like the original.  PG means Parental Guidance, and it should be exercised as very young children may find some scenes, especially the death of Mufasa, disturbing.

     

  • Angel of Mine:

    Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Swedish original version) is Lizzie, a woman grieving the death of her young daughter in this dramatic thriller that sees her losing her grip on reality because of her bereavement and anguish.  As she goes further into her depressed state, there are clues that seem to suggest her daughter is still somehow alive. It has been seven years since the tragedy that took her infant daughter, and as she tries to go about her life in Melbourne, Australia, she becomes intrigued with a woman named Claire (Yvonne Strahovski Dexter, The Handmaid's Tale).  Claire has a daughter about the age that Lizzie’s daughter would be today, and somehow, Lizzie thinks that perhaps this is really her own little one. Lizzie is divorced, the tragedy having taken her marriage as well as her child, while Claire is an upscale suburbanite … and soon Lizzie is stalking Claire and her daughter Lola. Lizzie’s behaviour puts everything at risk including her job, and the custody of her son, whom she has been ignoring since the death, but somehow, Lizzie just can’t stop. A thriller that will keep you guessing.  Written by Luke Davis (Beautiful Boy, Lion), her character builds hope upon false hope and she is no longer sure what is real.  Luke Evans co-stars.  Rated 14A. 

  • Satanic Panic:

    A first-time movie director with the unlikely name of Chelsea Stardust helms this comedy horror film about a young pizza delivery girl named Samantha Craft (Hayley Griffith) who is struggling financially, and whose life takes a turn when she delivers pizza to a group of Satanists who are just about to start their ritual, as soon as they get their hands on a suitable female to act as their virgin sacrifice.  Suddenly, warm pizza and a nice tip are no longer at the top of the delivery-girl's list.  Rebecca Romijn is the head of the upscale Satanic group and isn’t quite able to deliver the combination of horror and comedy that the script calls for, but Samantha the delivery girl makes up for it with her witty comebacks and her natural sense of just how ridiculous all of this is.  The movie had very limited theatrical release, none of that in Canada, and became a primarily video release. Also stars Jerry O'Connell.  Rated 14A. 
  • Daybreak (2019):

    This Netflix original series stars Colin Ford (Supernatural) as 17 year-old Josh, a high school student in post-apocalyptic Glendale, California.  As the end of the world nears, Josh and his friends have to dodge zombie-like Ghoulies, and Mad Max-style crazy people who, at one time, had been cheerleaders and football players on the school’s teams.  Matthew Broderick also stars. Rated 14A.

     

    Dolemite Is My Name (2019):

    Eddie Murphy hasn’t been in the public eye a lot lately, with many of his recent movies having crashed and burned.  In this new film, exclusive to Netflix, Murphy plays filmmaker Rudy Ray Moore, who created a character named Dolemite and did both standup comedy as the character, as well as some Blaxploitation films beginning in 1975.  Wesley Snipes, also not often seen any longer, co-stars, along with Chris Rock. Rated 18A.

Greta (2018):

Chloe Grace Moritz stars as Frances, a young woman who, while doing a good deed, ends up in life-threatening trouble.  An older woman (Isabelle Huppert) has left her purse in a restaurant. Frances finds it and tries to return it but can find no phone number, only and address.  She decides to take the handbag to the woman’s home in person, finds herself being befriended by the lady, but soon learns she is not what she appears to be. A good thriller!  Rated 14A.

 

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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018):

Based on actual events, Joaquin Phoenix stars as John Callahan, a young man severely injured in a car accident in which he was the impaired driver.  His alcoholism led him to that place, where he emerged a quadriplegic, and it appeared that his life was pretty much over.  While in rehab, he found that he had an ability to draw editorial cartoons, and with the help of his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and his sponsor (Jonah Hill), he learns that perhaps there is a life worth living after all.  Set and shot in Portland, OR, home of the real-life John Callahan.  Rated 14A.