About midway through the quirky black dramedy, "French Exit," a dead father (Tracy Letts) literally chats with his overlooked adult son (Lucas Hedges) and eccentric wife (Michelle Pfeiffer), via a medium (Danielle Macdonald). They stare at a candle on a table, and as the candle flickers, the dad's voice speaks. Dad may or may not have been reincarnated as a black cat, and the entire ordeal doesn't make even one character bat an eye.
If this scene sounds strange, that's because it is...but it's an oddness isn't entirely earned. And while "French Exit" has moments of sharply written dialogue, and gives Pfeiffer more to chew on than she's had in several decades, the entirety of it feels like a jumbled, tonal mess that never quite materializes into anything worth watching.
The full nominations for the upcoming Critics Choice Awards have been announced. On February 8th, 2021, the movie portion of the combined TV/Movie Critics Choice Awards announced their nominees, with the usual amount of snubs and surprises. The televised awards ceremony is set for Sunday March 7th, 2021 on The CW Network.
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"Judas and the Black Messiah" will remind you of other "undercover" movies, like "Donnie Brasco" or "Serpico," but with a timely twist. It's story, directed with confidence and urgency by Shaka King, is a gripping drama that will not only enrage, but enlighten, featuring some bold performances from Daniel Kaluuya and LeKeith Stanfield.
Review: 'More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story' pulls no punches - or kicks - in profiling the late, trail-blazing actor
"Cobra Kai" is the hottest show in town, with its third season having just recently premiered on Netflix in early January (its first two seasons aired on the already-gone YouTube Red premium service). You can draw a line from its success right back to the late actor, Pat Morita, whose portrayal as Mr. Miyagi in "The Karate Kid" (and three sequel films) earned him an Oscar-nomination and is one of the most iconic film roles of all-time.
But as the title of this new doc plainly states, there is much more to the story of Pat Morita and "More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story" is required viewing for any fan of Miyagi or "The Karate Kid." So in other words, this is a movie for everyone, and perhaps surprisingly, it doesn't pull any punches - or kicks - in its portrayal of the pioneering persona.
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