Movie reviews: Despite stand out performances, ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ is a ghost of the original

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Ghostbusters: Life After: 3 Stars

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With the release of “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” the supernatural comedy now hitting theaters, the Reitman family proves they’re not afraid of a sequel. The fourth film in the franchise sees original director Evan’s son Jason Reitman, this time re-launching the series for a younger audience.

The reboot begins with single mother Kelly (Carrie Coon) inheriting an old home from her estranged OG (original Ghostbuster) father, Egon Spengler. Situated just outside the small town of Somerville, Okla., it’s “worthless aside from sentimental value,” but Cali is desperate. She is evicted from her city apartment and sees the move as a way to start a new life for her two teenage children, Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (McNah Grace).

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“We’re completely broke,” Trevor tells a friend. “And the only thing left in our name is this spooky old farmhouse my grandpa left us in the middle of.”

Somerville is not far from New York City, the original epicenter of “Ghostbusters” being the supernatural activity of “human sacrifice, living with dogs and cats, and mass frenzy,” but it turns out that the sleepy little town is haunted, too. Phoebe, cared for by her grandfather, who has never met her grandfather, is sensitive to ghostly events and, with the help of her grandfather’s old ghost trap, new mentor Mr. Groberson (Paul Rudd), and a few familiar faces, she will attempt to . The bottom of the paranormal problem.

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Despite the Reitman name front and center, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” doesn’t really feel like a “Ghostbusters” movie. There’s a lot of fan service and callbacks to the original film, but the humor is muted and the chaos of the first film is replaced by family drama. Modeled in the 1980s adventure films led by children, it feels like a coming-of-age on a large studio complex.

Reitman fills the film with likeable characters. Grace Nebish nails Phoebe, creating a deadpan, wise-beyond-her-years character who blends seamlessly into the world of “Ghostbusters” and as her sidekick podcast, Logan Kim is a scene-stealer. Is going to do. The adults, Coon and Rudd, acquit themselves nicely, and Dan Aykroyd’s first scene is their best in years.

But regardless of the characters, the story takes a long time to reach the ghostly things. Once there, it delivers a proton explosion of nostalgia and an epic CGI supernatural showdown, but feels twenty minutes longer than the original.

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” attempts to pay tribute to the franchise by moving in a different direction, but despite a couple performances, it remains the ghost of the original.

King Richard: 4 stars

Like all good sports movies, “King Richard,” a crowd-pleasing look at the early lives of tennis superstars Venus (Sania Sidney) and Serena Williams (Demi Singleton), isn’t really about the sport. Sure, the action leads to the 1994 tennis match that made Venus a household name, but it’s more about the back-and-forth between family members than it is about passing the ball back and forth. .

Created by Venus and Serena, ‘King Richard’ begins with a plan and determination.

Compton, Calif. Parents Richard Williams (Will Smith) and Oraceen “Brandy” Price (Aunjnew Ellis) are raising their five daughters with love, discipline, and a plan. Tunde (Mikayla Lashe Bartholomew), Isha (Danielle Lawson) and Lyndria (Layla Crawford) are all successful students at school, topping their class, but the film focuses on Venus and Serena, who are in conflict with Richard’s 78-page plan. There are tennis prodigies and subjects. , It is a heavy document written before his birth, which lays out the stages of personal and professional success on the tennis court.

Richard’s mantra is, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

He is relentless in his devotion to Venus and Serena, training the pre-teens on the neighborhood court as if they were already playing at a professional level. The odds are stacked against him—the prospect of a family producing such talents, Richard is told, is like a family producing two Mozarts—but his talents, nurtured by both Richard and Oresin, are And an unwavering loyalty to the plan, point them in the direction of Wimbledon and beyond.

“I think you might have the next Michael Jordan on your hands,” says tennis coach Rick Mackie.

“No,” replies Richard, “I got two.”

‘King Richard’ may be the most inspirational film of the year. Maybe sometime. There is regeneration in almost every frame. From Richard’s unshakeable support for all of his children and Oracien’s ability to always know the right thing, the game that leads to Venus and Serena’s journey to the top is usually dominated by white men, the film’s tide of heartwarming emotions. is present in the wave.

It’s catchy at times, but Smith, in a career-best performance, finds complications in Richard’s character. To call him single minded is an understatement. “You’re the most stubborn guy ever,” says Paul Cohen (Tony Goldwyn), and I coach John McEnroe.

In real life, the press asked Richard if he was a dreamer or a hustler, but the film digs deeper to reveal a man whose worldview was formed by childhood trauma. He wants his children to have a childhood that he never did, one filled with love, achievement and security. Some of his most shocking decisions, in terms of his career advancement, lie in his desire to protect his daughters, not exploit them.

When Venus wants to turn professional at the age of 14, he tells her that the decision is more than the game. She will represent “every little black girl on earth”, and he wants to save her from that burden for as long as possible.

Smith is both cocky and vulnerable in the role, using his trademark charisma in a different way. His usual swagger is gone, he is replaced by determination and stubbornness, and it’s a fascinating character study.

The Smiths are surrounded by a formidable cast whose natural performances set the tone for this family drama.

The “King Richard” biopic doesn’t reinvent the wheel. The characters still make big utterances, such as “Forget Ali and Frazier. If she wins it will be the biggest upset in the history of the game,” and it follows a linear path, but the family’s power is indelible. The message resonates.

Dog Power: 3 साढ़े stars

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“The Power of the Dog,” which is now hitting theaters before making the move to Netflix, is a tale of self-loathing that is equal parts straightforward and exhausting. Like its main character, Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch), the film has moments of interest, but ultimately disappointment.

The film begins in Montana in the mid-1920s. The Burbank brothers, Phil (Cumberbatch) and George (Jesse Plemons), are wealthy ranchers and polar opposites. The only thing they seem to have in common is their reverence for their mentor, deceased rancher Bronco Henry.

Phil, we learn, studied classics at Yale, but prefers to live a basic life. He prefers the company of horses and the hands of a farm, rarely bathes, and is quick with a brash remark.

George is a gentle pastoralist. He wears suits, topped with a bowler hat, throws dinner parties at the family home and falls in love with Rose Gordon (Kirsten Dunst), a widowed restaurateur who has a gay son Peter (Kirsten Dunst). Cody Smit-McPhee), who wants to study medicine. Like his late father. Although he says he is happy not to be alone, George takes Rose lightly and she turns to the bottle.

Rose’s appearance spells out the worst in Phil who takes every opportunity to belittle his brother’s new wife and call his son. Peter is a quiet presence on the farm during his school break, but as time passes, it is clear that he sees himself as his mother’s protector. “When my father passed away, I wanted nothing more than my mother’s happiness,” Peter says. “What kind of man would I be if I didn’t help my mom? If I didn’t save her?”

“The Power of the Dog” is driven not so much by its narrative as it is by the characters and a deeply central performance.

As for Phil, Cumberbatch is an enigma. A bully with a spotless and hoarse voice, his savior is persistent. Cumberbatch and director Jane Campion slowly reveal portions of Phil’s backstory through subtle references and visuals. We never get the full picture, and the fear of revealing spoilers prevents me from elaborating, but it seems the character’s self-loathing and fragile masculinity drive his despicable behavior. Cumberbatch maintains the character’s mystery while allowing strange slips of vulnerability to appear, even if it sometimes looks like he’s playing a studied caricature of a cowboy.

Campion burns ingredients at a slow rate. Tension builds, but the level of repression on screen prevents full engagement with the characters. By the time the end credits roll, “The Power of the Dog” proves to be a beautifully crafted film with a handful of emotional scenes, but a tremendous overall impact.

Jagged: 3 साढ़े stars

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After the release of Canadian singer Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” in 1995, it seemed like songs like “You Oughta Know,” “Hand in My Pocket” and “Ironic” would pop out of every radio, turntable, and CD player. Were were World. The album was a juggernaut, vaulting to the top of the charts and making Morissette a superstar in the process.

A new documentary from director Alison Kellman, “Jagged,” details Morissette’s early Canadian success, her rise to fame, the production of the album, and the exploits she experienced as a teen star.

Based on this, ‘Jagged’ features a friendly interview with Morissette, barefoot, recounting the events of her life, twisted in a chair. It should be noted that the singer has since characterized the film as “erotic”…

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