Richard Crouse
Contributor, CTV News Channel and CTV News Digital


It’s hard not to watch “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” the living adaptation of August Wilson’s play of the same name now streamed on Netflix, without feeling a sense of loss in it’s Chadwick Boseman’s last performance and the life he is puts Levee in the role of the ambitious trumpeter, reminiscent of a tragically short career

Viola Davis plays in the roaring Chicago of the 1920s and plays the title character, a real musical trailblazer known as the “mother of the blues” “On a hot day in a damp basement studio the band, the pianist Toledo (Glynn Turman), rehearse Trombonist Cutler (Colman Domingo) and the string bassist Slow Drag (Michael Potts) and Levee as they arrive waiting for the fashionably late Ma

to arrive

The heat, claustrophobia, frayed ego and the twitching insistence of Levee to change tried and tested musical arrangements stir up a war of words and will as they try to put Ma’s signature “Black Bottom” song on CD. p>

The roots of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom theater can be seen very clearly in director George C Wolfe (a five-time Tony winner) and screenwriter Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s adaptation. The presentation is energetic but simple; a showcase for the performances As band leader Cutler says, “One, one, two, you know what to do”

Understated but as powerful as the bandleader, Domingo addresses the interpersonal crisis with a few well-chosen words. Turman, recently regarded as the Doctor’s stately senator and advising Chris Rock’s crime boss on “Fargo”, is the way of the group He gives Toledo’s monologues Gravitas when he speaks of racial pride and personal sovereignty

Davis is extravagant, a diva who uses her demands to keep control of her band and the respect of her white producers (Jeremy Shamos and Jonny Coyne)

“They don’t care about me,” she says. “They just want my voice. I’ve learned this and they will treat me the way I want to be treated, no matter how much it hurts them”

It’s a brave performance that’s almost as loud and proud as the garish makeup Ma put on her face

Ma Rainey’s name may be on the marquee, but the most memorable character is Boseman’s Deich Ambitiously, he wants to leave the sideman gigs behind and start his own band, Levee Green and His Foot Stompers, but his noise hides a deep pain that is during the steamy afternoon recording session overflows

Levee is a tragic character, a classically flawed man who struggles against the weight of personal trauma and hopes that his talent will bring him the respect he needs to survive. The disturbing effects of racial discrimination are capitalized on Boseman’s expressive face and informative about every twist in his character’s journey

It’s a skillful and heartbreaking performance that not only points to his great talent, but exposes it.It’s the kind of performance that is full of anger and frustration and leaves you wanting more. Unfortunately, it’s his swan song

Though set in the 1920s and written in the 1980s, the ideas and anger in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” feel instantly and indispensable. The dialogue sizzles and the context resonates because Wilson’s source material not only stood the test of time has, but exceeds it

Palm Springs, the existential new Andy Samberg comedy now streamed on Amazon Prime Video, is a riff on Groundhog Day. “But if the premise is known, the treatment isn’t

“This is one of those infinite time warp situations you might have heard of,” says Nyles. “It could be purgatory, a breakdown in the system, whatever. The most important thing is that the only way to live in it is to.” accept that nothing matters ”

His friend Misty (Meredith Hagner) is a bridesmaid at the wedding of her childhood friend Tala (Camilia Mendes) and her lover Abe (Tyler Hoechlin) in Palm Springs

It’s a stuffy affair, animated only by Sarah (Cristin Milioti), the bride’s unhappy sister in love, when Misty runs away with one of the groomsmen, Nyles turns his gaze on Sarah, and they retreat to a private spot in the desert and just as they get down to business, Nyles is impaled by an arrow that Roy (J. K Simmons) Nyles runs to escape a second shot and ducks into a nearby cave, but tells Sarah not to follow, of course she does and to move to the next scene, she’s back in her hotel room preparing for the wedding, caught in the same time warp as Nyles

Confused, she confronts Nyles. When he explains the screwball situation, she immediately looks for a way out. It’s impossible, he tells her, describing how he once tried to escape and made it to Equatorial Guinea, but “still woke up here, he’s alive right now and spices things up a bit from time to time by hiding a bomb in the wedding cake to amuse Sarah, knowing that every day is reset

As romance blossoms between them, they ask themselves, “How can their relationship possibly evolve if time stands still?”

Palm Springs is a rom-com, but it’s not so much about finding love, it’s about finding purpose

Nyles and Sarah react very differently to their situation. He uses the endless repetition of his life as an excuse to do whatever he pleases

He’s not vicious, he just realizes that his actions have no consequences.She wants out or at least get something out of her life after being the black sheep of the family for years.At the end of the day, the time warp makes it clear to both of them that a life without purpose has no life at all is

Much of the movie’s success comes from the casting process. Samberg and Milioti have tremendous chemistry and the best of each other. She blunts its jerky leanings; he emphasizes their vulnerability and steeliness. Without this sparkling combination, the film wouldn’t work nearly as well

Director Paul WS. Anderson and star Milla Jovovich have made four films together based on the action-adventure series “Resident Evil” by video game developer Capcom. Their new project, “Monster Hunter”, which is now in theaters, returns to the same fountain and brings them back Capcom’s second best series after “Resident Evil” on a big, noisy life on movie screens

The plot is straightforward.Jovovich is Captain Natalie Artemis, a surname she happens to share with the Greek goddess of the hunt.When she and her team slip through a portal into a world of monsters, she works with The Hunter (Tony Jaa), one of them Warrior who specializes in fighting giant monsters.If she wants to survive and return to her world, he is her best hope

Anderson’s earlier films are like heavy metal concerts, loud and proud, with the finesse of a sledgehammer, and “Monster Hunter” is no different. It’s a simple story, with impressive shots of the strange landscape, an eleven-turn sound mix and more CGI creatures are told than you can shake with a gaming controller Don’t come here for storylines or character development, these traits are lacking, as is subtlety

The action sequences are shot motion sickness style, with the camera in constant motion, making it difficult to see who is knocking the fill out of whom.It’s a shame because Jaa is one of the most agile and entertaining action stars on this site by Jackie Chan in his prime, but most of the time here he’s a mix of fists and anger

The plot of “Monster Hunter” is so thin that you can see through it if you hold it up to the light This isn’t “War and Peace” however, “Heck, it’s hardly” See Spot Run “story wise, instead it is rather an excuse to beat up some jump scares and admittedly cool looking creatures with elements from other films like “Predator” and “Alien” ”

2020 Was A Slim Pick For Big Off The Wall Action Movies “Monster Hunter” doesn’t offer much, but for anyone hungry for no-nonsense – or should that be all nonsense? – Pedal to metal action, it might just do the trick

In Denmark, the new tragic comedy “Another Round” for the mid-life crisis by Mads Mikkelsen, which is now available in selected cinemas as well as in the Apple TV app and other VOD platforms, was released under the title “Druk”, was According to Google, binge drinking means It’s an apt title for a film that describes the intoxicating idea of ​​day drinking as a cure for disenchantment

Mikkelsen is Martin, a school teacher in the rut.He is distracted in the classroom and at home as well, going through the moves of playing a happily married man.After a drunken night with three teachers from school, he finds that he is not alone His colleagues Nikolaj (Magnus Millang), Peter (Lars Ranthe) and Tommy (Thomas Bo Larsen) struggle to remember why they get up every day

Nikolaj convinces her to take part in an impromptu experiment based on the work of Norwegian psychiatrist Finn Skårderud to fight the boredom shroud that envelops her whole life.The idea is to keep her blood alcohol level to a minimum of always 05 percent The theory is that people are generally more sociable, confident, and okay with a low buzz that means having wine with breakfast and taking “medical” recordings during the day, but like the legendary Daquiri downer, Hemmingway, stopping at 8 p.m. to avoid hangovers at work

First, their social experiment on antisocial drinking yields results Armed with portable breathalyzers, bottles, and brand new settings, the four men see almost instant changes.Martin comes alive in the classroom and lectures as if his life depended on the phys-ed teacher Tommy inspired his team on a winning streak The choir that Peter conducts suddenly begins to sing with the voices of the angles and Nikolaj takes control of his private life

But when they decide to increase their daily dose of Drams, it turns out that too much good is just that, too much

“Another Round” in Danish with English subtitles shows the line between glorifying the boozy legacies of Churchill, Hemingway and Tchaikovsky, men whose genius was associated with their drinking, and wiggling a finger at excessive indulgence. It lives somewhere in the middle and leaves it to the viewer to judge the characters and their behavior

Strong lead performances with a minimum of Foster Brooks’ “drunk” acting help shed light on the dark story even if no questions are answered. Predictable moments are combined with unexpected twists, leading to an open-ended final scene showing Mikkelsen’s physical prowess Again, the film leaves it to the viewer to decide what exactly happens

Director Thomas Vinterberg shapes the absurd story of “Another Round” into a portrait of the Middle Ages, not just a drunken Middle Ages It is an entertaining story of melancholy Danes and their hopes, dreams and disappointments It is sometimes solemn, often warning and even surreal

This Netflix-published image shows Michael Potts from left, Chadwick Boseman and Colman Domingo in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” “(David Lee / Netflix via AP)

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