Film Talk: Latest Movie Releases – Sci-Fi Sensations, Finding Faith, and Telepathic Terror

Stephanie Hsu as Joy Wang, Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Quan Wang and Ke Huy Quan as Waymond Wang in Everything Everywhere, Everything At Once

It’s all happening in theaters right now – and thank goodness for that.

A bona fide dork movie, one of the things I missed the most during the height of the pandemic was the joy of the big screen. Now that we’re moving ever closer to normality, I’m excited to bring you our movie picks and celebrate the movie industry in all its glory.

Following the arrival of Doctor Strange 2 last week, the “multiverse motif” is getting another release with today’s general release of the highly anticipated Everything Everywhere All At Once.

The story of a mother trying to save reality while struggling with her tax returns, this absurd comedy-drama showcases the talent of the ever-brilliant Michelle Yeoh and heralds the return to the spotlight of the 80s film hero Ke Huy Quan – legendary alumnus of The Goonies and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, having played Data and Short Round respectively. We bow to you, sir…

With Zac Efron doing his telepathy in Stephen King’s new adaptation Firestarter, this week’s sci-fi action is pushed firmly into the horror-thriller camp. Thankfully, Mark Wahlberg is here to bring us back to Earth with the heartbreaking story of finding the faith that is Father Stu, and he’s taking his on-screen dad, Mel Gibson (a la Daddy’s Home 2) with him.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the latest cinema offerings. Light, camera, action…

Ryan Kiera Armstrong as Charlene and Zac Efron as Andrew in Firestarter

Stephen King’s famous 1980 novel sparked a film adaptation four years later starring David Keith and a cherub Drew Barrymore.

Screenwriter Scott Teems revamps the source material for a supernatural horror, which tests the bond between a father and daughter on the run from a dark agency.

Captain Hollister (Gloria Reuben) is the director of The Shop, a top-secret government arm, who intends to capture one of his test subjects, Andrew McGee (Zac Efron), who developed telepathic abilities in response to an experimental drug.

Andrew’s daughter, Charlene (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), is blessed – or perhaps cursed – with devastating pyrokinetic powers.

Andrew joins her on the run from assassin John Rainbird (Michael Greyeyes) and other nefarious individuals seeking to arm Charlene.

Mark Wahlberg as Father Stuart “Stu” Long

Mark Wahlberg stars as a fallen man who discovers his calling as a messenger of the Lord in a drama based on an unlikely true story.

From an early age, Stuart Long (Wahlberg) yearned to impress his alcoholic father Bill (Mel Gibson), but the death of his brother Stephen creates a rift in the family that can never be healed.

As an amateur boxer, Stu takes as many punches as he delivers and decides to try his luck as an actor in Hollywood.

Working in a grocery store to make ends meet between auditions, Stu falls desperately under the spell of Carmen (Teresa Ruiz), who is an active member of the Catholic Church.

To impress the object of his affection, Stu persuades the skeptical Monsignor Kelly (Malcolm McDowell) to allow him to enroll in a seminary.

Against all odds, Stu forms spiritual bonds with those in need and pursues a path in the priesthood.

Stephanie Hsu as Joy Wang, Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Quan Wang and Ke Huy Quan as Waymond Wang in Everything Everywhere, Everything At Once

Michelle Yeoh crouch like a tiger and hide like a dragon as she tumbles across the multiverse in a fantasy thread directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.

Evelyn Wang (Yeoh) runs a laundromat in California with her husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan), who has a habit of sticking googly eyes on things to make life happier than it is.

Their efforts to raise teenage daughter Joy (Stephanie Hsu) with more tenderness and consideration than Evelyn received from her overbearing father Gong Gong (James Hong) have not been entirely successful.

Joy is suspicious of her parents’ reactions when she introduces them to her longtime girlfriend Becky (Tallie Medel).

As Evelyn hastily files her tax return ahead of an audit by ruthless tax agent Deirdre Beaubeirdra (Jamie Lee Curtis) and a Chinese New Year party in honor of Gong Gong’s last visit, the mother beleaguered receives alarming news: only she can save the multiverse from destruction.

Adapted from Claire Keegan’s short story Foster, writer-director Colm Bairead’s feature debut is a coming-of-age story set in rural Ireland in 1981.

Shy and neglected, Cait (Catherine Clinch) is separated from her dysfunctional family for the summer and sent to live with adoptive parents.

Sean and Eibhlin Kinsella (Andrew Bennett, Carrie Crowley), an elderly childless couple, welcome Cait to their country farmhouse and give her the support she needs to move closer to womanhood.

Far from the pain of the past, Cait thrives but slowly realizes that even in her newfound romance there are baffling secrets waiting to be unearthed.

The provocative Argentine filmmaker Gaspar Noe remains one of the terrible children of modern cinema with a meditation on love plagued by dementia.

Using almost entirely a split-screen format, Vortex explores the bond between an unnamed film historian (Dario Argento) and his wife (Françoise Lebrun), who share an apartment in Paris.

His mind is often clouded and he is her devoted caretaker, but ill health and a persistent cough suggest the husband is not in the best position to tenderly bring his wife home whenever she wanders off in a confused state.

With each passing day, the potential for disaster increases.

Based on Henry Lawson’s 1892 short story, The Drover’s Wife: The Legend Of Molly Johnson revisits the western through a feminist lens.

Director, screenwriter and actress Leah Purcell’s feature debut is set in 1893 New South Wales where pregnant Molly (Purcell) fiercely protects her four children while her husband, the herdsman Joe, is away for decades. long periods.

It’s a tough and unforgiving existence, but Molly has her Alligator dog for company and a gun for protection.

When a fugitive Aborigine named Yadaka (Rob Collins) stumbles upon the Johnson property, Molly is at first suspicious and suspicious of the intruder.

Over time, the two strangers come to lean on each other in their hostile environment.

On May 21, 2021, vocalist and guitarist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun, aka Grammy Award-winning duo Twenty One Pilots, hosted an hour-long live party to celebrate the release of the album Scaled And Icy, backed by a full ensemble of musicians and dancers. .

Opening with a rendition of the song Choker in the context of a fictional talk show, the highly theatrical show bursts into select theaters with remastered audio and video along with never-before-seen content.

The set list includes Car Radio, Chlorine, Lane Boy, Level Of Concern, Mulberry Street, Never Take It, Ride and Saturday.

Royal Ballet artist-in-residence Liam Scarlett choreographs a sparkling production of the romantic ballet to Tchaikovsky’s score, emboldened by John Macfarlane’s creations.

A 2020 production was interrupted by the Covid pandemic and this welcome revival is broadcast live from the stage of London’s Royal Opera House under the baton of conductor Gavriel Heine.

The sold-out performance casts Devon-born principal dancer Lauren Cuthbertson in the dual role of Odette and Odile, who performs a thought-provoking pas de deux between the bewitched princess and her royal lover.

Prince Siegfried (William Bracewell) escapes his birthday celebrations and stumbles upon a magical lake where he meets the beautiful Princess Odette (Cuthbertson), who must spend each day as a swan until true love breaks the curse .

Siegfried swears to lift the enchantment but he is no match for the evil spirit Von Rothbart.

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