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& DVDs
  •  The Menu (2022):

    I can assure you that you have never seen a movie quite like this. I found it fascinating at every turn, from the opening scenes to the surprising final act, all built around unusual food, a group of eclectic dining-savvy patrons, and a superb turn by Ralph Fiennes as Chef Slowik, a man whose remote-island restaurant can have people waiting for months and years just for the opportunity to sample his superb cuisine. The movie opens a lot like an Agatha Christie murder mystery as we see the high-end group of diners on an equally high-end boat-that-is-almost-a-yacht leave for the island a few miles off the Georgia coast. As they disembark, we begin to learn a little about each, making us wonder why they were chosen to be here, and where they all fit. The focus is on a young man named Tyler (Nicolas Hoult, "Beast" from the "X-Men" movies) and his date Margot, played by "Queen's Gambit" star Anya Taylor-Joy. He is the ultimate foodie, and as they are seated, we learn that she is not his original date, which causes some confusion for the staff led with military precision by Elsa (Hong Chau), a superb character who gets better with each scene. When Chef Slowik shows up to introduce the first course, the staff, the numbers of which are equal to half the number of diners, snap to attention with boots clicking, and a resounding "Yes Chef!" We know that there is a movie star in the room (John Leguizamo), that there is a food critic who has been here before, and that there is an elderly woman at a corner table, alone, who will be more formally introduced later. When an event occurs that is shocking to the movie audience as well as to the diners, we realize that Chef isn't just a hardcore perfectionist - he may be a dangerous individual putting everyone on edge. Soon we see Chef doing and saying things that make Chef Gordon Ramsay in Hell's Kitchen look like Winnie the Pooh. The performances are superb at every level, and for a time, just like the diners, we think maybe the shocking events are all just theatre ... but soon enough we learn that the blood is real. Where this movie takes us is never obvious, and it's never predictable which makes The Menu a unique experience in cinema. Rated 14A.


  • Till (2022):

    I found this a very difficult movie to watch in some places, but appreciated director Chinonye Chukwu's discretion in other places, as it could have been even more difficult had it not been for his understanding of both audience and subject matter. She is a Nigerian-born producer, director, and writer who co-wrote this script along with two writing partners and has chosen to tell this true story of racism at its worst in 1950s America. The movie tells the story of Mamie Till (Danielle Deadwyler), an African-American woman who was born in Mississippi in the 1920s, but in what was called "The Great Migration," was moved north by her mother and father to Chicago as part of a mass exodus of Black people from the Segregationist South where the separation of Blacks and Whites was written into law. The Till's had one child, a boy named Emmett, whom they called Bobo, his nickname. Mamie's husband went off to war in Italy and died overseas, never to return. When Mamie was set, a few years later, on visiting relatives in Nebraska, Emmett was set on visiting his great aunt and uncle in Mississippi, and in meeting his cousins. She did not want him to go, but at age 14, he made his point, and she put him on a southbound train, which was the last time she saw him alive. Witnesses later indicated that, in a small confectionary store owned by white people, Bobo allegedly made a comment to one of the ladies in the story, complimenting her on being pretty, and some said he whistled at her. Three days later he was abducted, beaten beyond recognition, and lynched. Mamie claimed his body, took it back to Chicago, and was determined to have an open-casket funeral so that all could see what racism was in America. Whoopi Goldberg is excellent in a supporting role, and Deadwyler is superb as Mamie. Not easy to watch, but a critical part of American history. Rated 14A.

  • Spin Me Around (2022):

    Alison Brie is Amber, a young woman who is a restaurant manager in the States, but who wins a trip to Italy to attend what she is led to believe is special training at a culinary institute. When she arrives on site in Europe, things are not exactly as advertised, and she gets a very bad vibe from the man who is running the show there, but she doesn’t act on her concerns until it’s almost too late. People begin to disappear, and she soon finds that she is on that list and her life is in danger. Also stars Aubrey Plaza and Fred Armisen. Rated 14A.

  • That '90s Show (2023) (TV Series):

    Two decades have passed since a teenaged Eric Forman (Topher Grace), living with his family, and enjoying a life of 8 track tapes, the music of Led Zeppelin, and Farrah Fawcett posters, was the perception many had of what those days were like. To help make the transition to the '90s, a much more grown-up Topher Grace reprises his role of Erik in the first episode of this new series, not to be seen for the balance of the episodes of season one. The actors who played his parents, Red and Kitty Forman (Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp) are back for the full 10 segments of this new show however. Wilmer Valderrama who played Fez in the original series also makes an appearance in the initial episode. The venue is still the State of Wisconsin, and it's 1995. Leia Forman, daughter of Eric and Donna (Laura Prepon) pays a summer visit to her grandparents and is introduced to a whole new generation of friends, not-so-friendly teens, and some that will become friends for life in the town of Point Place. Rated 14A.


    Slumberland (2022):

    A good cast shows up for this adventure story that will appeal to children 8 or 10 and up. Based on the comic book series "Little Nemo in Slumberland '' by Winston McClay, we follow the adventures of a tweenage girl named Nemo and her eccentric companion Flip (Jason Mamoa) who come together after Nemo's father Peter (Kyle Chandler goes missing at sea. Set in the Pacific Northwest, but shot in Toronto, we follow Nemo as she is sent to live with relatives in the big city, a place foreign to her after the coastline life she had been living. While struggling in a new school with new people all around her, Nemo finds a secret map which hooks her up with Flip, and begins a challenging journey through lands of dreams and nightmares that she believes will help reunite her with her lost father. Rated PG.

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The Serpent Queen (2022) (TV Series):

The only snakes and serpents in this historical drama are of the human variety as we get an eight-part series based on Leona Friede's book "Catherine de Medici, Renaissance Queen of France." Samantha Morton ("Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them") plays the title role here. She was queen of France by marriage to King Henry II for a dozen years and became one of the most significant political voices of her generation. After the death of her husband, she continued to become increasingly more influential, pulling the strings on the reigns of her subsequent sons who had no idea of the extent to which they were being manipulated. For most of the 16th century she was the most important woman in Europe, and was known for her ruthlessness and for her ability to make ground-breaking decisions with no concern for the human price. Rated 14A.



Detective Knight: Independence (2022):

The third and final segment of this trilogy that features a tough detective (Bruce Willis) has our hero struggling with a case in which an errant first responder threatens to make a disaster out of the Independence Day holiday using a stolen gun, a police uniform, and a lot of reasons to blow up a bank vault. Willis doesn't do a lot here, having filmed this segment, and the previous two simultaneously in Vancouver, using a number of Canadians to flesh out the cast. If you are a longtime fan of Willis, it's worth watching just to see what he is doing at the end of his acting career, but as a movie, it doesn't offer a lot that is new. Rated 14A.


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Disenchanted (2022):

Amy Adams and much of the original cast, including James Marsden and Patrick Dempsey, show up 15 years after the movie "Enchanted" graced the big screen and was a blockbuster hit bringing in more than $350 million. In that film, Princess Giselle (Adams), living in an animated fairytale land, was just biding her time and singing her songs while she waited for Prince Charming. He showed up in the person of Prince Edward (Marsden) and the day before their marriage, a tragedy befell the princess. At the hands of an evil hag (Susan Sarandon), she was dumped into a well, which was actually a conduit between two worlds, the animate land of Andalasia, and now, the harsh, racaus world of New York City, complete with honking taxis and frenetic pedestrians. There she met a divorce lawyer named Robert Philip (Dempsey) and eventually fell in love, married, and lived happily ... well, not quite ever after. As this new story opens, it is 10 years later and Giselle and her husband are moving to the suburbs with their child and new baby in tow. On arrival, it's clear that something isn't quite right as their new home in Monroeville seems to be under the control of Malvina Monroe (Maya Rudolph) who is not what she seems. As Giselle struggles with this new twist, she makes a wish, wanting everything to be a perfect fairy-tale. The spell backfires and it turns both her live-action world and the animated world of Andalasia upside down. There are more songs in this sequel than in the original, a good account given by Idena Menzel who once again plays Nancy. Rated PG.

New on Apple +

Spirited (2022):
Just when you thought you had seen every possible variation on the Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol," from the Muppets to George C. Scott, to the Alistair Sim version from 1951, along comes a truly different twist. Set in the present day, the star here, the Scrooge of the story, is a character named Clint Briggs (Ryan Reynolds). As expected, he is a miserable soul given to creating chaos and grief all around himself through his thoughtless, sometimes mean, stingy mannerisms. As Christmas Eve approaches, Briggs is visited by the first of three ghosts, this one being the spirit of Christmas Present played by Will Farrell. Each Christmas Eve, this spirit seeks out a wretched person to reform, and this time it's Briggs. Unlike Dickens' original story, Briggs turns the tables on the ghost and soon has Christmas Present examining his own past, present and future, completely forgetting the original mission. This is the first version of "A Christmas Carol" told from the perspective of the spirits themselves, Past, Present, and Future, and it's clear that they picked on the wrong Scrooge this time. Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer also stars, as does Sunita Mani from the series GLOW, as the spirit of Christmas Past. An interesting spin on an old classic, and a musical version at that. Rated PG.