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  • The Curse of La Llorona:

    The title character in this horror-thriller, is from a Mexican piece of folklore.  La Llorona was a beautiful woman living in a village with her family, when a handsome stranger came on the scene.  He was wealthy, came from a good family, and he fell for La Llorona, who married him in no time, a very big thing for her family, becoming part of such a prestigious group.  They had two children, and one day, when the kids were small, she came upon her husband in the arms of a younger woman.  He spurned her, and in a blind rage, she took the only things that mattered to him above all ... his children.  She drowned them in a river, but realizing when her rage subsided, what she had done, she took her own life.  Barred from the gates of Heaven because of her terrible deed, she was relegated to walking the earth looking for her children, often mistaking the children of others for her own.  Some Mexican parents to this day tell their children to be good, or La Llorona will get them.  Cut to Los Angeles, 1973 and we meet Anna Tait-Garcia (Linda Cardellini), a child welfare worker with two young kids, and a deceased husband, an LAPD officer killed in the line of duty.  While working on a case where it appeared that two children had been physically abused by their mother, Anna walked right into the legend of La Llorona and soon her own two children were being met by the apparition.  This is scary stuff, well-presented, with a story that hangs together well as a former priest tries to help eradicate the demon from her home.  From the same universe as the "Conjuring" films, we see one character from those past horror-thrillers, that of Father Perez (Tony Amendola) from the "Annabelle" movie.  If you like the kind of things that go bump in the night, and if you aren't afraid of a good scare, this one will work just fine.  Rated 14A.

     

  • Pokemon, Detective Pikachu:

    Ryan Reynolds is the voice of the little talking Pokemon who wants to become a detective.  Discovered by a young boy, the plot quickly gears up to include a missing private detective, a threat to the orderly world where Pokemon and humans live side-by-side, and a relationship with one of the very few Pokemon that can speak English.  I have to admit that this film, although technically brilliant and capably presented, really didn't do much for me personally, as I just am not a part of the Pokemon universe.  Not so for kids in the audience as young as 5 and 6 who clearly grasped the intricacies of style and plot far better than I.  The closest thing in my realm to this film was Who Framed Roger Rabbit from 1988, which also combined live action humans with animated cartoon characters.  Pokemon is one of the most successful characters in the world, having morphed from a kids' videogame into a billion dollar business, and the story itself works on an adult level as well as a child's level ... but you have to know something about the game and the characters to really appreciate it.  Rated PG. 

  • Poms:

    Sometimes ordinary is okay and cliché works because it offers the audience what it expected.  If you are one of many who just want the kind of empty entertainment that you have mostly forgotten by the time you leave the parking lot, then Poms will work well for you.  Cheer-leading us normally the province of young women, but not so much here in this film where Diane Keaton's character, Martha, after a cancer diagnosis, sells off her worldly possessions and movies into a sunbelt retirement home in Georgia while waiting to die.  It is there that life lessons that we have all seen many, many times before, play out.  Age is just a number.  You never know until you try.  Dance like nobody is watching.  Martha meets a number of women of a certain age, characters played by Rhea Perlman (Cheers), Pam Grier, and Jacki Weaver among others, all of whom are in this place for a variety of reasons.  The one characteristic they all share is that they are older women, and when they decide to put together a cheer-leading squad, well, who can stop them?  If you liked Book Club or Calendar Girls, this film will work for you, a feel pretty good light comedy with a few raunchy jokes and some good sight gags.  Definitely not a film you'll remember, but it will make you feel just fine for awhile.   Rated 14A.
  • The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019):

    This Netflix original stars Chris Evans (Captain America) in the role of a real-life hero.  In the early 1980s a group of Israeli Mossad operatives along with a number of Ethiopians used a deserted resort on the Red Sea in Sudan as a front for smuggling refugees from Ethiopia into Israel.  All the tension, all the drama, and all the action, is the real thing, based on real people and events.  Ben Kingsley and Greg Kinnear also star.  Rated 14A.

     

    Otherhood (2019):

    Another Netflix original features an excellent cast of women who are all mothers, who all have sons, and who all believe, as Mother's Day dawns, that they need to take a road trip to see their now-adult boys, and straighten out some relationship issues.  Felicity Huffman, Angela Bassett, and Patricia Arquette are the moms.  Their sons include on who is gay, one who just can't pick the right girl, and one who can't come to grips with his newly widowed mother because of his own issues.  R rated in the U.S., 14A here.

A Dog's Way Home:

Based on the novel, this is the could-have-been-true-but-isn't story of a dog named Bella, who is taken from her home temporarily and moved across the country.  She decides that home is better, and begins a journey back through the mountains of Colorado (actually played by BC locations) that takes more than a year.  When she finds her home at last, it looks as if she might be sent right back.  On the journey coyotes, wolves, and big forest animals all out to get her.  Fine for kids but the very young ones may find it too frightening.  Rated PG.

 

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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.