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  •  The House of Gucci (2021):

    Oscar-winner Lady Gaga's first movie role since "A Star Is Born," she plays Patrizia Reggiani, an outsider of humble origins who marries into the multi-generational wealth of the Gucci family. Gaga won her Oscar for her music in "A Star Is Born," and was nominated for a Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, but lost to Olivia Coleman for her role in "The Favourite. Gaga's performance here has Oscar buzz all around it, and she may be headed for that acting Academy Award after all. The director is Ridley Scott ("Alien," "Blackhawk Down," "The Martian") who bases the story on the book "The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed" by Sara Gay Fordin. There's a sort of "Cinderella" turn as Patrizia (Gaga), an assistant in a small business office, is noticed at a party, by Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver). He strikes up a conversation with her, but she has no idea who he is until later on when someone connects the dots for her. Soon Patrizia and Maurizio are an item, and then they are married. Shortly thereafter, Maurizio inherits the Gucci empire when his father dies unexpectedly. Three decades in the lives of the fashion designer family spin out here. They fight one another, and all outsiders for control, for riches and for power. An exceptional cast includes Oscar winners Jared Leto as Paulo Gucci, Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci, and Jeremy Irons as Rodolfo Gucci. Salma Hayek also stars along with Romanian actress and fashion model Madalina Ghenea as Sophia Loren. This is the mostly true story behind the Italian fashion house of Gucci that remains an iconic brand in the world of high-end fashions. Rated 14A.

     

  • American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story (2021):

    Zach Levi (Thor: Ragnarok) plays real-life football great Kurt Warner who went from stocking shelves in a market to 12 seasons in the NFL, and a Super Bowl ring. Warner was the only undrafted player to be named MVP for the NFL, and MVP for the Super Bowl. The film follows both his college and his early pro career with the St. Louis Rams and the Arizona Cardinals. His is considered one of the greatest sports stories ever told. Anna Paquin plays his wife Brenda, and Dennis Quaid plays Coach Dick Vermeil. You don’t have to be an NFL football fan to get the drama and the challenges that this film presents – it’s a pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps all-American hero story. This dramatic biography carries a PG rating.

  • Shattered (2022):

    Simply put, this psychological thriller with a home invasion twist, is just not a very good movie despite the appearance by John Malkovich who has saved more than one bad film in his day, just by his presence. It is predictable for the most part, in a series of seen-this-all-before scenarios, and in those parts where it’s not predictable, it is laughingly silly – in fact, there are a number of laughs in this film, none of which are intentional, often the sign of a very bad piece of movie-making. When Chris (Cameron Monaghan from the series “Gotham”) walks into a supermarket after midnight and finds just one other shopper there, a woman called Skye (German TV actress Lily Krug) who puts a move on him which leads to the inevitable sex scene, of which there are far too many in this film) we know we are in for a low-budget, grade B “Fatal Attraction” type of story. Chris is married, he is very wealthy having sold his tech company to a major player in Silicon Valley, and now he has a secret that must be kept from his wife and daughter. Rated 18A for sex and nudity. Should be rated JD for “Just Dopey.

  • Tyler Perry's a Madea Homecoming (2022):

    This is the 12th instalment of a Madea film, and as has been the case in the previous 11 iterations, the film was written, directed, produced, and starred in by Tyler Perry. This is the first Madea movie to bypass theatres and debut on Netflix as part of Perry's exclusive long-term arrangement with the streaming service. The event here is Madea's great-grandson's college graduation. What begins as a standard right-of-passage turns into something of a nightmare as family secrets, long-buried, come to light and change everything. This is not an uncommon theme in Madea movies, and as always, she extracts her pound of flesh from those who do her wrong. Rated 14A.

     

    Robin Robin (2021):

    This stop-motion animated film from the UK tells the story of a little baby robin who rolls out of her nest onto the ground, and who is saved, and then raised by a family of mice. As Robin gets older, she begins to realize that she is not a mouse, and that maybe she doesn't really belong with this family. A heart-warming story with an excellent message that both children and parents will enjoy. Gillian Anderson ("The X-Files") provides one of the major voices in this British made film. Rated G.

New on CRAVE

Pillow Talk (2022) (TV Series):

Not to be confused with the warm and fuzzy Rock Hudson/Doris Day movie from 1959, this one shares the same title and the same bedroom idea, but it is far more explicit. Debuting this weekend, this Crave original is based on a French language series currently on Crave. The new one follows four real-life couples who play fictionalized versions of themselves as well as one set of roommates. Set entirely in bedrooms, this ten-part comedy is described in publicity releases with such terms as "raw," and with unexpected drama and intimacy. Rated 18A.

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

I Want You Back (2022):

This is not the life that a pair of thirty-somethings envisioned when they are dumped unceremoniously by their respective partners. Peter (Charlie Day from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") and Emma (Jenny Slate from "Parks and Rec") have had their life partners move on, and they are devastated. They both felt that they were in a good place, that the road ahead was sunny and bright, and that their futures were secure. And now this ... and even worse, a quick check shows that their partners have moved on, and that Peter and Emma are stuck. They see only one solution - sabotage the new relationships of their partners, get them back, and carry on as before. Not so simple to achieve in real life! Scott Eastwood (Clint's son) and Gina Rodriguez ("Jane the Virgin") play the opposing partners. Rated 14A.

New on DISNEY + /Star

No Exit (2022):

Havana Rose Liu is Darby, a college student on her way to a family emergency involving her mother, when she encounters a ferocious blizzard and is forced to take shelter at a rest stop, along with a number of strangers, all trying to sit out the storm. Outside the shelter, she stumbles across a van in the parking lot containing a young girl who has been abducted. When she goes back inside to get relief from the cold and the snow, she knows that one of those seeking shelter is a kidnapper. Trying to determine which of the travellers might be the guilty party puts Darby in danger as she gets too close to the truth. Rated 14dA.

New on Apple +

The Tragedy of MacBeth (2021):
This one opened in limited theatrical release two weeks ago and is now available on the Apple + outlet. Denzel Washington stars as the man who would be king at the ambitious urging of his wife, Lady MacBeth (Francis McDormand). The unusual casting is a direct result of the film's director, Joel Coen who also shares a writing credit with the Bard himself, William Shakespeare. Filmed in black-and-white, and done completely on soundstages, with no exterior scenes at all, we see the prophecy of the three witches off the top, that drive the action for MacBeth to become a murderer in his quest for power. Rated 14A.