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  • The Hustle:

    This comedy is a remake of 1988's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which starred Michael Caine and Steve Martin, which itself was a remake of 1964's Bedtime Story with Marlon Brando and David Niven.  The principle characters are now female, played by Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson.  They are a pair of scam artists unknown to one another before meeting on a train in Europe after trying to scam the same man in the South of France.  The entire premise is based upon who is scamming whom, and even though I had no difficulty figuring that part out early, Wilson's character, Penny, was played so broadly, so physically, and so farcically that sometimes I set the plot aside just to see how much more outrageous she could become.  The set-pieces here are methodically put together, the audience laugh is bought and paid for, and the next scene offers a new set-up, sometimes not even related to what had been happening before. Of course the crude brand of humour that is Rebel Wilson's stock-in-trade is in play here, but that's just how she works.  Anne Hathaway is the high society hustler, working her marks with precision, and for millions, while Wilson is the bargain basement hustler, but both have the same objective - to fleece the mark. I found the movie uneven, especially towards the end, when it should have wrapped up but did not, but that's small criticism of the story that will deliver a full set of laughs, and make for a fun evening at the movie theatre.  Rated 14A.

     

  • A Dog's Journey:

    If you took the main themes from "The Notebook," Marley and Me," "The Fault in our Stars," and a couple of "Lassie" episodes from 1950s TV you would pretty much have this sequel to 2017's movie "A Dog's Purpose." If you didn't see the first movie, "Journey" will mean less to you, but like its predecessor, it's designed to make you cry, to make you happy, and to recognize some of life's truths that began when Peanuts creator Charles Schulz told us that "Happiness is a Warm Puppy."  This time, the dog named Bailey, voiced again by Josh Gad, finds himself reincarnated a number of times to follow the request made by his key family in this life and the next few, to keep an eye on those who are fragile and need the guidance that only a canine companion can provide.  If you're a dog person, you'll love the movie and the message ... but keep the Kleenex handy.  Rated PG.

  • Brightburn:

    This is a reverse-twist on the Superman legend.  Picture yourself in the writer's room, trying to cook up an idea for a movie, when someone says, "what if Superman had been bad to the bone instead of a superhero?" and there you have it.  Tory and Kyle Breyer (Elizabeth Banks, David Denman) find a child who literally dropped from the sky, just like Superman's Kal-El.  They adopt the little boy, name him Brandon, and give him the best of everything, but by age 12, Brandon demonstrates that he isn't your garden-variety kid, nor is he your friendly neighbourhood superhero.  Instead of helping an old lady across the street, he'd just as soon slash her to ribbons, and that's just what this movie is - a slasher film, ultra-violent, with little to redeem it.  I am not big on the anti-hero genre, so pardon me if I don't find much good about this kid who goes out of his way to be as evil as is humanly ... no, make that "inhumanly" possible.  There will be an audience for this kind of film, and I have no issues with the Gunn brothers, Brian and Mark, writing it and getting it made ... but it's not my cup of mangled flesh.  Rated 18A for extreme sadistic violence.
  • 45 RPM (2019):

    This new series is a Netflix original that looks at the pop music experience through a different set of eyes - those in Spain!  It's 1960, the setting is Madrid, Spain, and record producer Guillermo Rojas launches a record label with his one and only star, a heartthrob named Robert.  Begins streaming today.  Rated 14A. 

     

    Diagnosis (2019):

    Another Netflix original series, this one a documentary that focuses on the work of medical doctor and New York Times Magazine columnist, Dr. Lisa Sanders.  Her specialty is in raising money to get treatment for patients of rare and unusual medical conditions by using crowdsourcing.  Many of the conditions seeking diagnosis are mysterious and almost unheard-of.  Rated 14A. 

Miss Bala (2018):

Katherine Hardwicke (Twilight) directed this remake of a Mexican movie of the same title, in which a woman named Gloria (Gina Rodriguez, star of TV's Jane the Virgin) finds herself drawn into the world of cross-border crime.  Great tension, and to director Hardwicke's credit, the movie remains 14A with minimal language, no nudity or sex, and a strong story that keeps us on edge right until the final scenes. "Bala" is a Spanish word meaning "bullet," so the movie's title is "Miss Bullet."  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.