See it at the movies

Posted 5/11/22

WARWICK SHOWCASE/ APPLE CINEMAS

 

DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS* * * ½ (Don & Joyce) * * * * ½(Marvel Fans)

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See it at the movies

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WARWICK SHOWCASE/ APPLE CINEMAS

 

DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS
* * * ½ (Don & Joyce) * * * * ½
(Marvel Fans)

At the end of the last Spiderman movie, loyal fans waited patiently through the end of the credits to get a hint of what would come next.

What they saw was a scene with Doctor Strange, starring in his own movie that has nothing to do with Spiderman.

The two-hour extravaganza stars Benedict Cumberbatch as a number of Dr. Stranges from many multiverses.

Amid all the action and special effects, the weird doctor gets a bit reflective, asking himself repeatedly, “Am I happy?”

After an opening dream scene (Or is it a dream?), we find Dr. Strange at his former girlfriend’s wedding when the proceedings are interrupted by a one-eyed, octopus-like, giant monster wreaking havoc on the city while chasing a teenage girl.

America Chaves came to earth from another universe, it seems.

She is being pursued by the wicked Wanda.

Off goes Strange and his pal Wong to another universe where battles occur frequently, and old friends and enemies appear. Loyal fans will know who they are and what their relationships are.

I got lost a few times, but Joyce, who is smarter than I, said she had no trouble following it.

The major credits roll, and we get a glimpse of what is to come next. The faithful sit through the endless list of the thousands of people involved in the movie’s production and we are treated to another brief bit.

Marvel keeps pushing the envelope with more action and imaginative situation, contrasting character development with incredible special effects.

NETFLIX

OZARK
* * * * *
I’m exhausted!

Ozark. (L to R) Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde in Season 4 Part 2 Episode 7 of Ozark. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022
Ozark. (L to R) Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde in Season 4 Part 2 Episode 7 of Ozark. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

I just completed over 14 hours of Season 4 of Ozark, the series that got me started on Netflix.

Wendy and Marty just can’t stay out of trouble as they get involved deeper with the Mexican drug cartel, become FBI informants, launder money in their casino and lose control of their children.

Meanwhile, they have an on and off relationship with Ruth, who left their employment and bought a motel, where she hires Jonah to do her books.

People get killed at the drop of a hat.

Wendy buys off politicians to reach her goal of saving the world, and she doesn’t tolerate anyone getting in her way.

Every episode has at least a couple of twists and shockers.

I am a big fan of Laura Linney, having reviewed her when she was a student at Brown, referring to her as a “promising young actress.” I called that one right!

She has captured the essence of the ruthless woman who will do anything to reach her goals.

Word is that there is a second part of season 4 and there may not be a season 5.

THE PENTAVERATE
*
Vulgar Comedy

Mike Myers stars as a Canadian over-the-hill journalist looking for that big expose.

He discovers the Pentaverate, a secret society with weird rituals.

Myers plays a number of over-the-top roles. I watched two of the six episodes and could stand it no more.

It is filled with vulgar bathroom and sexual humor, stupid caricatures and a dumb plot.

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