Choose a movie or show for Mother’s Day weekend: May 6-8, 2022
NOW reviews navigate options including Little Mama, Vortex, Spring Awakening and the Ozark finale
Ozark: Season 4, Part 2
(Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams)
Dubuque and Williams’ highly addictive series about an upper-middle-class family caught up in money laundering, drugs and murder in Missouri’s Ozark region has come to a close. It’s not a surprising hit, but one that rings a lot of dark truths about class, money, and power in America. After the promising first half of the final season introduced some new people – including brash Mexican drug cartel contact Javi (Alfonso Herrera) and bad cop-turned-PI Mel (Adam Rothenberg) – this final batch of episodes solves the most scenarios in a satisfactory way. The reappearance of Wendy’s father (Laura Linney), a hypocritical religious fanatic named Nathan (Richard Thomas), adds a lot of psychological complexity and drama, as does the debut of Javi’s mother, Camila (Verónica Falcón, whose intense performance has already started a campaign to give it its own spin-off series).
Linney and Jason Bateman’s Wendy and Marty Byrde are in fine form as they keep bitching and arguing about whether they’re doing what they’re doing for their increasingly fractured family, but business as usual , Julia Garner’s Ruth is the emotional center of the series. She speaks the show’s best lines, participates in harrowing flashback sequences, and even discusses Nas’ Illmatic album with Killer Mike of rap duo Run the Jewels. She is the heart of this series; I won’t miss the show that much, but I will miss her. All the latest episodes are now streaming on Netflix. NNN (Glen Sumi)
Portrait Of A Lady On Fire director Sciamma stays on fire. Its follow-up, Petite Maman, is a beautiful and delicate lesson in turning big emotions into small packages. In a short time, the film follows 8-year-old Nelly (Joséphine Sanz) as she visits the French countryside with her parents to pack her late grandmother’s belongings. Sadness abounds and the film stays at Nelly’s level, clinging to her as she finds whatever is at her disposal to distract herself from: a paddle ball, rocks and the woods outside his mother’s childhood home which have an enchanting secret garden vibe. There, she meets another eight-year-old girl, Marion (played by Sanz’s twin sister, Gabrielle). They develop a friendship and understanding that is strangely imbued with magic.
Like a child jumping on a parent with a big, fat, soft bear hug, this one sneaks up on you. Subtitle. 72 mins. Play NOW at Cineplex Varsity. NNNNN (Radheyan Simonpillai)
Spend Mother’s Day weekend with the most accomplished film of the year. Vortex’s grim take on aging counters the refined cynicism and emotional cruelty of Michael Haneke’s Love with a more visceral, voyeuristic descent into infirmity, and a climactic panoramic view of the world, which isn’t much. better.
Legendary horror director Dario Argento plays a film critic. Françoise Lebrun is his wife, a retired psychiatrist slipping into dementia, likely to get lost in a grocery store and put them both in danger by leaving the gas stove on, for example. The subject is a surprising departure for Noah (Enter The Void, Climax). No strobe neon lights this time. While formally bold as usual, it features most of the film in split-screen, giving a punishing thriller story double impact. We see how the couple’s decline is linked as they become more isolated. Subtitle. 148 mins. Play NOW at TIFF Bell Lightbox. NNNN (RS)
Spring Awakening Reunion Concert
Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known
(Michael John Warren)
With Florida’s recent “Don’t Say ‘Gay'” bill and Roe Vs. Wade at risk of being overturned, this documentary about 2006’s groundbreaking musical Spring Awakening couldn’t be more timely – or more urgent. .
Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s rock musical based on Frank Wedekind’s play about sexual repression and adolescent angst in late 19th century Germany dealt head-on with homosexuality, incest, suicide, abortion and other taboo subjects. Director Warren uses the one-night performance of the show’s 15th anniversary last November – a benefit for the Actors Fund – to watch the show’s creation and catch up with its stars, who (Lea Michele, Jonathan Groff, John Gallagher, Jr., Skylar Astin and others) were barely out of their teens at the time.
The result is a fascinating insight into both the creation of an unlikely musical hit – the creators never thought they would transfer to Broadway – and a moving look at youth, or as director Michael Mayer puts it. , a “cauldron of hormones, excitement, dreams of success.”
Michele’s revelation that she gave the then locked-up Groff his first sight of a vagina has already made headlines and prompted interviews. But the actors’ revelations about their own experiences – with incest, suicide, sexuality – are just as fascinating. Director Warren edits the footage beautifully, often juxtaposing footage from professional tapes from 2006 with rehearsals and performances from 2021. Groff comes across as the show’s beaming heart, repeatedly tearing himself apart throughout the process.
Although many songs are included intact, it’s a shame that many were cut. And it’s a missed opportunity not to have interviewed Stephen Spinella, one of the few adults in the original cast, who could have talked about, among other things, his work on another iconic show, Angels In America. 83 mins. Now streaming on Crave. NNNN (GS)
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
You may have already heard that director Raimi added a bit of macabre to his entry into Marvel’s dubiously cinematic and never-ending universe, Doctor Strange And The Multiverse Of Madness. Some critics were keen to point out in their reviews and flattering tweets that Doctor Strange And The Multiverse Of Madness is the scariest and most macabre Marvel movie, as if Raimi, the man behind The Evil Dead and Darkman, had to do some ham.
Present in this murderous slog across the multiverse are wraiths, ghouls, a zombie version of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, and a point where Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff (aka Scarlet Witch) becomes full Carrie. But these playful, carnival nods to Raimi’s canon aren’t exactly proof that a director wields auteur control over Marvel’s factory line green screen assault. It’s more like giving a dog a treat to fetch your slippers. 126 mins. NOW playing in theaters. NN (RS)
Also opening in theaters this week
Susanne Wuest, Julian Richings; directed by Maxwell McCabe-Lokos
Ground Meat Operation
Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald; directed by John Madden
Everything on streaming platforms this month:
Everything on streaming platforms this month: