Calls is a different kind of sci-fi mystery

Calls is a series of short episodes that are versions of phone calls. You never see anyone’s face, it’s all voice work and a visually engaging screensaver type representation of words, connections, and emotions. It’s streaming on Apple TV+.

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Review: Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette is based on a novel I really enjoyed by Maria Semple. It’s impossible to have loved the novel and not be annoyed by the film.

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Review: Addicted to Fresno

Addicted to Fresno is absurd comedy delivered by a brilliant cast of comedy geniuses.

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Watch This: Trailer for Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Where’d You Go, Bernadette is based on the 2012 best seller by Maria Semple. I absolutely loved the book and am wondering how in the world it’s been adapted into a screenplay.

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Review: Our Souls at Night

Our Souls at Night stars Jane Fonda and Robert Redford in a quiet story about a pair of elders who have been neighbors for years. They finally get to know each other. It expands them both. Continue reading “Review: Our Souls at Night”

Watch This: Teaser for Our Souls at Night

Our Souls at Night brings Jane Fonda and Robert Redford together again in a romance about a couple who’ve been neighbors for a long time. Continue reading “Watch This: Teaser for Our Souls at Night”

Watch This: Trailer for All We Had

All We Had hasn’t earned much hype, if any. But it’s a story about a mother and daughter relationship from a first time woman director – Katie Holmes – and merits at least a mention somewhere. This is that somewhere. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for All We Had”

Review: Grandma

Grandma stars Lily Tomlin as Elle. The entire story takes place in one day. It starts when Elle breaks up with her girlfriend Olivia (Judy Greer). Then Elle’s granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown.

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Watch This: Trailer for Addicted to Fresno

I don’t know when I’ve been quite this excited about a movie. Addicted to Fresno is so perfect!

Judy Greer and Natasha Lyonne are co-dependent sisters in "Addicted to Fresno."
Judy Greer and Natasha Lyonne are co-dependent sisters in “Addicted to Fresno.”

What exactly do I mean by perfect? Well, it stars Judy Greer and Natasha Lyonne as sisters who are completely nutso – funny already, that. Then there’s the rest of the cast: Molly Shannon, Aubrey Plaza, Clea DuVall, Allison Tolman and Jessica St. Clair. Don’t forget the writer Karey Dornetto and the director Jamie Babbitt. It’s an explosion of brilliant women. See? Perfect.

Oh, wait. I think there are some guys in the film, too. Maybe Ron Livingston, Fred Armisen, and Malcolm Barrett.

Lyonne’s character is a hotel maid. Her sister, Greer’s character, is a sex addict who blows into Fresno and gets a job in the hotel with her sister. They have a mishap of sorts with a dead body. It isn’t clear from the trailer what the mishap is or why a cart full of sex toys is the solution, but I cannot wait to find out.

Addicted to Fresno will be available on demand September 1 and will be released in theaters October 2. Laughter will be allowed.

Watch This: Trailer for Grandma

Grandma stars Lily Tomlin, which is all anyone needs to know before laying their money down at a theater box office. The film release date is August 21.

Tomlin plays Elle Reid, who just lost her longtime partner, Val. Her 18 year old granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) appears one day asking for help. The two embark on a money gathering journey together which is mind expanding for both of them. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Grandma”