Tuesday, September 27, 2022

New movies: ‘Together’ is the smart pandemic relationship story we need

Nia DaCosta’s COVID-delayed “Candyman,” co-written by Jordan Peele, finally hits theaters this Friday as less-than-fantastic summer movie season kicks in. In the meantime, if you’re looking for an anti-rom-com with edgy edges and two amazing performances, take a quick break for the “together” look.

staying at home? Watch the Oakland-set thriller “Clickbait” on Netflix.

Here’s our weekly roundup.

“Together”: Anyone who spent last year’s shutdown 24/7 with a jittery guy can relate to this sharp, hilarious two-hander. Director Stephen Daldry (“The Hours”) has wisely stepped aside to let James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan command the stage, er, screen, playing a Brit couple who verbalize everything. debates on – ideology, politics, economy, even how they debate . Thanks to Dennis Kelly’s slam-bang screenplay, it’s clever bickering and the occasional unexpected poignant insight that makes “Together” stick with you. Of the recent relationship movies that have come out of the pandemic, this is by far the best. description: 3½ stars out of 4; Opens in select theaters on August 17th, available on-demand on September 14th.

“click bait”: Oakland gets another close-up with this addictive eight-part limited Netflix series built around well-played twists and a cautionary message about our overly plugged-in times. “Entourage” Adrian Grenier stars as Nick Brewer, a beloved physical therapist with two bright teen-aged sons and a busy wife (Betty Gabrielle — a standout). Nick leads a charming, charming existence that soon collapses when he becomes a viral sensation, becoming a beaten, bloody and targeted star of a video that shows him holding a sign that he is a woman. abuses. It is believed to be a kidnapping plot, but Nick’s sister (Zoe Kazan) smells a rat and, with the help of an Oakland detective (Phoenix Rae), tries to find the mastermind. Chief director Brad Anderson and producer Tony Ayers have created one of Netflix’s most serene series ever; Each episode is approaching from a different perspective and leaving a trail of new red herrings in its wake. It is entertaining from beginning to end and offers a wonder of a conclusion. description: 3 stars; Available now.


“God has no man”: This psychological thriller is the first of two new films to reprise infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. It’s a good one, too, not focusing on the horrifying re-creation of Bundy’s horrific crimes, but the intense prison exchanges between real-life FBI profiler Bill Hagmeyer (Elijah Wood) and a ’70s killer (Luke Kirby). But, who was executed in Florida in 1980. Although no shocking new details were revealed, Amber Seeley’s provocative characterization was especially told and well acted by Kirby. It covers the same twisted territory as the better Netflix series “Mindhunter,” but travels its own way across its terrain. “No Man of God” is a disturbing cat-and-mouse affair that ends with a gloomy ending that leaves the soul feeling as though it is completely immaculate and will never find a home. description: 3 stars; Opens August 17 in theaters and on demand.

“final set”: A French tennis player in his mid-30s ignores his broken body to train like hell to compete against the young hotshot. While filmmaker Quentin Renaud doesn’t take sports drama in new directions, “Final Match” is a winner, examining the obsessive mindset of a star athlete and his torturous battle with his ego and past failures on the court. In the lead role, Alex Lutz delivers an award-worthy display of unprecedented physical and emotional prowess, while Kristin Scott as Thomas, his outspoken and formidable mother, and Anna Girardot, the wife who sacrificed her career for him. Given his well-written support roles. The “final match” hasn’t received much fanfare, but sports fans and athletes should put it at the top of their list. The tennis scenes – great shots – will keep you on the edge of your seat. description: three and a half stars; Available August 17th as part of the Virtual Cinema Series Smith Raphael Film Center.

“lovely girl”: What starts out as a promising takedown from Big Pharma breaks apart like a crumbling French pastry. There’s a neat twist, but it’s in a better film. That’s too bad, because it ruins Jason Momoa’s strong performance. The “Aquaman” star recently played a widower who was furious that his wife’s death could have been prevented except by the lure of profit from a pharmaceutical company. He and his daughter (Isabella Merced) seek blood justice in this cynical and violent exercise that never knows what story he wants to tell. description: 2 stars; Streaming on Netflix.

“Ma Belle, My Beauty”: Need an oh-so-sexy French cinematic escape? First-time filmmaker Marion Hills offers just that with this casual saunter set among the vineyards of southern France. The story revolves around a jazz singer Bertie (Idela Johnson), her musician husband Fred (Lucien Guignard) and Lane (Hannah Pepper), with whom they form a romantic threesome in New Orleans. When they all reunite in France, Lane’s flirtation with a painter (Sivan Nom Simeon) adds a ripples to the romantic equation. It’s all very sociable, casual, and cute to look at, but it needs a little more friction to spice things up. description: 2½ stars; Opens in select theaters on August 17.

“colony”: Climate change is about to catch us. It’s the decent premise of a dystopian thriller that turns Earth into a watery wasteland surrounded by “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” types. Director and co-writer Tim Fehlbaum has created an intriguing water-logged world, but his protagonist, an astronaut played by Nora Arnejder, isn’t nearly bad-ass enough. description: 2½ stars; Opens Friday in select theaters and on demand.

“mosquito kingdom”: In this low-key curiosity a bloodthirsty and metaphorically human type of strange insect variety nests in lower Manhattan during the uncertain financial times of 2007. When socially awkward number-cruncher Richard Bocca (Beau Knapp) is hit by bad news poised to take over Wall Street, he sneaks into his exclusive, sterile apartment, feeling it’s him “American Psycho”. “Was sold by realtor. Director-screenwriter Filip Jan Rimsza’s thriller A Strange Bird is a strange bird, sometimes taking a cue from Kafka, sometimes from David Cronenberg. It makes for more of an interesting experiment than a satisfying film. description: 2 stars, available today on Shudder.

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