‘Booty’ is a real bite-sized comedy

Courtesy of star Austin Butler and director Baz Luhrmann, “Elvis” enters the building again this week, while Ethan Hawke prepares to intimidate us in “The Black Phone.” Both open in theaters on Fridays.

We weren’t able to watch any of them as of press time, but we have several recommendations, including a new Apple TV+ series, a fun redo of “Father of the Bride,” a Chris Hemsworth Netflix thriller, and a Hulu gem. is included. Two indigenous young men almost in love. Here is our roundup.

“booty”: A shrewd cadre of screenwriters can make a very good comedy series, but it takes teamwork between the writers and a brilliant ensemble cast to make a great one. That’s why “I Love Lucy” worked so well. And that’s why “Seinfeld,” “Cheers,” “Friends,” “The Office,” “Ted Lasso” and “Hacks” stand out.

Add to those ranks this 10-episode Apple TV+ series from creators Alan Young (“Little America,” “Master of Nun”) and Matt Hubbard. Executive produced by star Maya Rudolph, it appears to be about a wealthy, seemingly a billionaire take-away who spends sunny days sipping champagne and ordering others. With a treacherous rookie from a husband (Adam Scott), her world sinks in and she discovers new meaning by becoming more active with the nonprofit she’s in charge of, in name only. Molly’s ostentatious mannerisms and media demeanor made the staff particularly smitten by the well-mannered Sofa Salinas (Michaela J. Rodriguez of “Pose”), who is too tightly wound. Everyone in the cast—including “Fire Island” Joel Kim Booster as Molly’s fashion-forward personal assistant, “Undetectable” Ron Funches as sharp-witted collaborator Howard and Nat Fixon as straight-up Arthur Joe crushes on Molly – knocks you down in love with their flawed characters. It is his presence and gleaming dialogues that fuel these 20-30 minute episodes. Don’t be fooled, though, as a strong statement about the emptiness of gluttony is served. description: 3 out of 4 stars; The first three episodes will be available on Apple TV+ on June 24.

“father of the Bride”: Let’s get the big question out of the way: does anyone really need another walk down the cinematic aisle, already known as a 1950s father (Spencer Tracy) and then a 1990s father (Steve Martin). ) was taken by a Twitch Goofball? Both the trips were successful and sequels also started.

Surprisingly, the answer is yes. I had my doubts about this Cuban-infused redo with the dynamite pairing of Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan as Floridian parents who seek divorce proceedings when their highly advocated daughter Sophie (Adria Arjona) ) announces her engagement to a sweet, sensitive boy (Diego Boneta). ) Screenwriter Matt Lopez’s zippy screenplay – based on the original novel – revolves around the Martin comedy, which gives us a short encounter between wealthy in-laws and their kin. “Father of the Bride” is funny and cute, and while it’s predictable, “Father,” in the same fleeting manner as Hulu’s re-run of “The Valet,” brings more relevance and variety to the story. description: 3 stars; Now available on HBO Max.

“Spiderhead”: Based on a piece of New Yorker fiction, this futuristic cautionary tale about greedy drug experimentation on an opposition committing irreparably horrific crimes feels the tension of being expanded into a full-length film. Still, it’s always entertaining and features a two-but-joke performance from Miles Teller, playing the main test subject Jeff, who realizes that something’s not right with Project Overseer (Chris Hemsworth). Is. The test involves injecting solutions into the body that can tempt the libido to come out and play and even turn someone into a machine filled with fear or anger. “Spiderhead” bounces around like a clown on a kid’s birthday—it’s part comedy, part thriller, part message movie about our pill-popping culture. And while it’s a hot mess, it’s entertaining and has some really strong moments, including a scintillating performance from the buff up Taylor. As he did with “Top Gun: Maverick,” director Joseph Kosinski knows how to keep us invested, even when the plot takes its own toll. description: 2½ stars; Now available on Netflix.

“Flux Gourmet”: If you’ve never seen a Peter Strickland production before, proceed with caution and expect a weird, weird John Waters/David Lynch/David Cronenberg-type head tripper. If you hate esoteric filmmaking with a few cheesy bits and bites, don’t even go near it. Strickland is in fine fuzzy form and takes a razor-blade swipe at the artistic/creative kind of absurd tendencies with an over-inflated approach and zero-calorie ideas. Twisted “Gourmet,” “Sonic” culinary lead artist Elle Di Alle (Fatma Mohamed) finds herself and her two underlings (Asa Butterfield and Ariane Labed) in a frenzy at a Whacko Institute under the supervision of control freak Jan Stevens (Gwendoline Christie). killed in , According to Strickland’s Law, everything is off-kilter and situations turn into shocking and rough humour. This is another true original from the Gonzo filmmaker. description: 3 stars; In theaters on June 24.

“Wildness”: Writer/director Bretton Hunnam’s extraordinary drama is hard to watch early on as Canadian teen Link (Philip Levitsky) is abused and beaten up by his rotten father. Fed up, Link runs away from their trailer with his half-brother. He meets another indigenous young man, Pasme (Joshua Odjic, in a masterful performance). He is a pow-wow dancer and is haunted by the wounds of his own difficult past. The two men develop an irresistible attraction and wrestle with their passions while Link tries to locate his Mikamaw mother. Featuring Hunnam may be traditional in structure, but it’s a lovely movie with relatable characters that you want to see overcoming obstacles thrown at them. description: 3 stars; Now playing in select cinemas.

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