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  •  Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022):

    The huge budget reportedly in the $250 million area is visible in every scene with the costumes, the colour, and the authenticity of the various languages and dialects spoken here. The special effects are fine, but this is a character-driven movie at every level, so there is far more here than just a bunch of stuff blowing up. We join the story learning of the death of T'Challa, king of Wakanda, and secretly Black Panther. At the United Nations security council, the nation's Queen, Ramonda (Angela Bassett), and mother of the deceased ruler, is on the carpet with representatives of various nations insisting that Wakanda’s vibranium be made available to the world. Ramonda, in a show of impressive strength and collective class, demonstrates what might happen should anyone try to extract the rare substance from her country. She is not one with whom to trifle, and the matter seems put to bed. Because of the loss of its leader, there is reason to believe that outside factions may see Wakanda as a weak nation subject to the opportunism of those who would take what is not theirs for their own uses. We also see something unusual in a visit from a being named Namor, who leads an underwater civilization consisting of generations of Mayan people who have evolved to live beneath the waves. It seems that he too wants vibranium and he is prepared to make war to get it. With the table set, it's time to go to work serving up the main course in this long (2 hours and 41 minutes) action-thriller with many layers of story, and plenty of thought-provoking situations. Despite its long run time, there was very little drag time with important information being delivered in almost every scene. Lupita L'yongo is back as Nakia, but the movie really belongs to Shuri (Letitia Wright) whose character was the sister of the deceased monarch. She delivers her lines with a flair that makes every word believable. Stay seated as the credits roll, as there is a key scene about three minutes in, but then you are free to go. Excellent thriller! Rated 14A.


  • Spoiler Alert (2022):

    There is a subtitle to this film which I won't include here, although you may have seen it in the print ads and in TV promos for this based-on-actual-people story. Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") is a gay man named Michael Ansiello. The real Michael Ansiello co-wrote the screenplay, which was based on his autobiographical novel about his relationship with Kit Cowan (Ben Aldridge of "Fleabag" and "Pennyworth"), a story that bounces around between the time they meet, the adventures they pursue together, and the life-threatening illness that befalls Kit. It's a story that is heart-warming, life-affirming, and funny as it follows their relationship through many different ups and downs. A love story filled with romance and comedy, this is the second major studio release in the past two months to feature a tale of love in the LGBTQ community, that one being "Bros" which crashed and burned at the box office. This one did a little better, but only a little. Rated 14A.

  • Rogue Agent (2022):

    James Norton plays the lead character here in this thriller based on actual events. In real life, British conman Robert Freegard was able to convince many of his victims, mainly women, that he was an operative for MI5, the British spy agency, and that he had been assigned to “protect them” by his superiors. Protect them from what? He told them that they were targets for assassination by the IRA (Irish Republican Army) and that it was his job to get them into safe houses for their own protection and safety. Once taken into his confidence, Freegard was able to exploit the women in many ways, placing them under his control, as they believed that he was acting for the government agency. When one woman, played by Gemma Arterton, figures the con artist out, she recruits others to go after him, finding that the so-called spy is actually working as both a car salesman and a bartender. An excellent drama with real-life appeal. 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.

New on CRAVE

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.


New on DISNEY + /Star

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.