The latest movie stars, Only Murders, Bowen’s Heart and more! – Moviehole

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The latest movie stars

Diffusion. Both a look at the Hollywood of yesteryear, when movie stars actually had to show much more skill than the ability to make a TikTok video to get the big gigs, and a reminder that true love can exist. and exists, Ethan Hawke is deeply intimate, and A painstakingly researched new series about Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward is undoubtedly one of the highlights of 2022. Chronicling the late superstar duo’s rise as a couple ( and unfortunate gasps later), and as actors, “The Last Movie Stars” features a splendid mix of archival material like videos, photos, and audio recordings as well as zoom interviews (Hawke designed the show during lockdown) with the likes of George Clooney and Laura Linney.

Jerry and Marge are getting big

Diffusion. We have a lottery pool at work but except for the occasional $4 win or the free ticket, we practically waste our money for the chance to win the big prize. It’s actually a 1 in 292,331,208 chance but come one, nothing is certain. Unless you live in a small town in Michigan and your neighbors are Jerry and Marge Selbee. Based on a true story, “Jerry and Marge Go Large” is a sweet, well-acted tale of two people who realized – Larry is a math whiz – that the more you played a certain lottery game, the better your chances of winning. to win. But the Selbees aren’t in it for their own gain. They try to raise money for their small community and get their neighbors involved in the game. Things get complicated when the game is canceled in Michigan and the closest place to play is Massachusetts. Although their plan seems foolproof, it is not without sacrifice. Especially time. From their initial purchase of a few thousand dollars worth of tickets, to the week they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, each ticket must be individually printed. That means long days (and nights) of standing at the local liquor store and just buying ticket after ticket after ticket after ticket…..you get the picture.

It’s such a fun movie to watch, from premise to casting. Cranston and Bening will be among the best actors of their generation, and it’s a treat to see them play so well against each other. And it’s always a treat to see Rainn Wilson and Michael McKean on screen. The script is sharp and the direction well paced. This movie is an early summer treat for viewers who don’t like dinosaurs and superheroes. – MRS

Only Murders in the Building: Season 2

Diffusion. If the fact that it’s been ordered for a third season hasn’t already given you a heads up, Hulu and Disney+’s “Only Murders in the Building” is one of the more unique comedies in the box. Meticulously crafted by longtime friends and collaborators Steve Martin and Martin Short, it’s a contemporary murder mystery shrouded in far more laughter than intrigue but, damn it, did it have some very unexpected and very welcome to this second season (watch out for episode 4!). – CC

Murder in Yellowstone City

Digital. Director Richard Gray has assembled a fine ensemble cast – including the ever-reliable Richard Dreyfuss, plus Gabriel Byrne, Nat Wolff, Anna Camp and Thomas Jane – for a delicately crafted Western about a former slave in search of peace and peace in his new home, and the sheriff who arrests him for the murder of a prospector who has just become rich. Nothing is what it seems, of course. Some good plot twists, some clever direction from Australian Gray (“Robert the Bruce”, “Blinder”) and some good production design (they would have built this whole town from scratch, just for the movie!) and some pacing issues and tracing. –ML

Bowen’s heart

Digital. A film that will break your heart…and then put it back together, “Bowen’s Heart” is an undeniably empowering documentary that chronicles the hope, strength and understandable desperation of a family when their 8-year-old child is forced to endure operations. What the directors have done here is paint both an intimately personal story of the Hammitts, but also an overarching picture of difficulty and difficulty for the whole family – or friends, if you will – when someone one falls seriously ill within his unit. –ML

Orders from above

Digital. Pic tells the story of a policeman investigating one of the architects of the Final Solution some fifteen years after the end of World War II. What probably could have been an awkward and misguided indie slapdash is, thanks to the savvy if not experienced captain and his crew, a surprisingly gripping and beautiful indie thriller – noticeably shot with very few resources during a Covid lockdown in Australia but an otherwise inexperienced filmmaker – who would no doubt become director Vir Srinivas’ calling card in Hollywood. –ML

The lonely path

Digital. It’s a Wonderful Life by Way of a Biased Religious Western, the lovingly made and well-written feature film adaptation of ”The Lonesome Trail”, written and directed by book author Arlette Thomas-Fletcher, tells the story of a preacher who moves to a small town and gives it a welcome revival. An indie through and through, sure, but the heart it wears on its sleeve and the passion of its cast and crew more than make up for its budget shortcomings. While most will appreciate it, “Trail” will obviously strike more of a chord with the faith-based audience and family Westerns (a’la “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman”) of the past. –ML

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