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  • Long Shot:

    Seth Rogan is the romantic lead here, a guy named Fred Flarsky, making sparks with Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron), who used to be his babysitter, and on whom he had a huge crush.  She was three years-older back then, but now she's the Secretary of State in an administration with a president played by Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul).  Her path crosses with Fred quite by accident, with Fred a reporter for a Brooklyn newspaper, and an ardent and avowed liberal, fighting a president based of course, on Donald Trump.  Charlotte hires Fred to work as one of her speech writers in her presidential bid and that's where the sparks start to fly.  There are many gross-out sex jokes and a lot of crude humour, some of it revolving around the Fox News-like organization that has bought Fred's newspaper, forcing him to quit rather than to commiserate with the enemy. Many of the sight gags and pratfalls are funny, and the movie has a charm and chemistry between its two stars.  I am not a fan of much of what Rogan does, although here he did not write the script as he often does, so the crass words coming from his mouth were placed there by others.  Rated 14A here, but an R rating in the US.

     

  • Uglydolls:

    This animated feature is geared towards five year-olds, and although innocent and harmless enough, it is, like most similar films, a thinly disguised commercial for the ugly dolls available at your favourite toy story.  There isn't much here that we haven't seen before in the Toy Story movies, for example.  Moxy is an imperfect doll (voice of Kelly Clarkson) who, like many of the factory seconds that populate the film, just isn't quite right.  She has just three teeth instead of a winning smile, and the teeth are spaced out far too much, leaving big gaps.  Looking at the perfect dolls that are flawless, many of those who have things wrong, such as Ox (voiced by Blake Shelton), who has an "X" where one of his eyes should be, feel like they have no future at all.  Moxy is different in that she has the firm belief that somewhere out there is a little girl for whom each of these misfit dolls will be a perfect match, and therein lies the quest.  Little kids like the silly jokes and the visuals, but seemed to become semi-comatose during the music, which has a few songs too many, getting back to the laughs when the funny stuff starts again.  Also features the voices of Wanda Sykes, Bebe Rexha, and Nick Jonas among others.  Rated PG.

  • Domino:

    Here’s a challenging movie.  It starts with a world-class director (Brian De Palma – Mission to Mars, Carlito’s Way), and adds a pair of Game of Thrones stars as the principal players (Nicolas Coster-Waldau who was Jamie Lannister, and Carice van Houten who played Melisandra), and then stirs in a series of location shoots anchored in Denmark, but moving through Belgium and The Netherlands.  Add a story anchored in mystery, in which a Copenhagen police officer named Christian (Coster-Waldau) is tasked with solving the murder of his longtime partner. What comes of all this? Well, if you are anyone who worked on the movie, nothing good. The story spins out well, but according to director De Palma, this was his first and last time working in Denmark, a place where many of the actors and the crew had not yet been paid even when the film was complete and in the can, and that the work conditions were horrible.  Through all of that, he says he feels he still put together a workable film, but it was all hard work with very little reward. Not much of that shows in the final cut, which makes this an okay, but not great, movie. Rated 14A.
  • Another Life (2019):

    This Netflix original is a sci-fi thriller that stars Katie Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) as an astronaut, the job of whom, is to search for alien intelligence.  The discovery of an artifact unknown to earth science has her leading her crew into the unknown as they pursue the source of the artifact.  Her youthful crew soon turns from wonder and amazement to horror as it begins to appear as though this might be a one-way trip for this team.  Rated 14A.

     

    Girls With Balls (Volleyballs, that is)
    (2019
    ):

    Another Netflix original film follows a team of young women who are stranded in the deep woods when their mini-van breaks down en route to a competition.  Soon they learn that these aren't just any woods at all ... these woods are the territory of a derange hunter who has them in his sights, and they are on the run.  It's a test of teamwork and survival - Spanish-produced, shot in the Canary Islands.  Rated 18A.

The Loudest Voice (2019):

This seven-part series sees Russell Crowe completely disappear into the persona of Roger Ailes, long-time head of Fox News, and a man many felt was the de facto leader of the Republican Party.  It took six hours in makeup each to for the transformation as we see Ailes go from one of the most powerful people in the US, to someone whose downfall was brought about in large part because of sexual harassment charges.  Naomi Watts and Sienna Miller also star.  Rated 18A.

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

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.