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The best part of “Late Night” is Emma Thompson. She just dominates this movie. When she’s not on the screen, the movie drags. But once she shows, it comes alive. The weakest part is, unfortunately Mindy Kaling. Mindy is better when she’s snarky, like she was on “ The Office”. Here she’s very nice, playing a newbie from a small town in Pennsylvania who wants to be a comedy writer. But the character, Molly,bored me. Also some part of this movie just wasn’t very believable. Another standout was John Lithgow, who played Emma Thompson’s husband. He brought sensitivity and intelligence to his character. It’s a good movie, with a fine cast, but also very predictable. See the movie for Emma’s tour de force performance.
It’s a hard to watch when you don’t like the lead character. Ben Stiller does good job playing Roger Greenberg. Roger can be described as self-absorbed, narcissistic and selfish twit. I hoped by the end of the movie he’d get it, but...let’s just say I just gave up. I really liked Greta Gerwig, who played a character who has issues of her own. There’s a scene where Roger met up with old girlfriend (maybe?) played by Jennifer Jason Leigh. It’s very painful to watch as a guy who’s trying spark a romance with an old flame, who wants nothing to do with him. I thought Miss Leigh and Mark Duplassis were wasted in this movie. The best way to describe this movie is a hot mess. I will say I was entertained, but came away frustrated. I’m not sure what the hell director Noah Baumbach was trying to say.
This is a Western that turns into Agatha Christie novel and then back into Western. I liked this movie a lot, although I wasn’t thrilled with how much I heard the n word. Tarantino is a great writer and somehow he made almost three hours of film watchable. Once again, Samuel Jackson was a part of the shenanigans. He was great as was Walton Goggins. The real scene stealer was Jennifer Jason Leigh,who played a female gang member , en route have justice served upon her. I really enjoyed this movie. The violence wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. Very bloody...but it’s the Tarantino kind. Splatters everywhere.
I didn’t like it as much as the first Spider Man movie starring Tom Holland, but came away entertained. Holland and Zendaya are really good together. The ending sets up the next Spider Man. Jake Gyllenhall seemed like an odd choice to play Mysterio. He did a nice job, but I had a little trouble seeing him play this particular part. He seemed a little young, unlike Michael Keaton, who was the villain in the last movie. The end of credits movie scenes were a bit confusing. Hopefully it’s explained in the next MCU movie. Sam Jackson was sly as ever as Nick Fury. The movie moves at brisk pace...lots of CGI and things just blow up. Europe will never be the same.
It’s a beautiful movie to watch. The performances are outstanding. The director, Joe Talbot and co-writer and star, Jimmie Fells deliver many strong messages. It’s a must see, especially if you’re African American and live in the Bay Area.