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Quickie Review: Uncle Frank

It’s 1973. And small town America is still not awake to their gay citizens. 18-year-old Beth, from Creekville, South Carolina adores her Uncle Frank (Paul Bettany, Avengers, Journey’s End) who lives in New York. So where does she decide to go to college, but NYU, where he’s a beloved professor of literature. Naive as she is, she’s surprised to discover that her uncle is gay and has a partner! But when his father, her grandfather, with whom he’s had a frosty relationship dies, the two of them head south for the funeral. And his partner Wally/Walid (Peter Macdissi) unexpectedly joins them. It’s a family melodrama that doesn’t always work, but is elevated by some strong performances, particularly Paul Bettany.

Quickie Review: My Spy

My Spy happened to be the last screening I went to in early March, before the coronavirus upended all our lives and, consequently, Hollywood’s theatrical release schedule. In retrospect, My Spy was just what the doctor may have ordered: relatively mindless escapist fun in advance of toilet paper hoarding, sanitizer sticker shock, and mandated #SocialDistancing. My Spy follows the story of a big and burly CIA operative (Dave Bautista, Guardians of the Galaxy) who finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl (Chloe Coleman, “Big Little Lies”) who threatens to blow his cover unless he teaches her the tricks of his trade. Picture just about any action comedy with the likes of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, John Cena or Arnold Schwarzenegger paired with a clever kid, and you’ll know what you’re in for with My Spy. A porous plot held together with sweet, corny, funny and poignant moments, infused with a solid dose of mayhem perpetrated by kids and adults.

Review: Selah and the Spades

Selah and the Spades is a bit like Mean Girls meets Goodfellas. At Hogwarts. Without the magic. The story takes place at an elite boarding school in Pennsylvania where the student body is run by five factions, dominated by Selah and the Spades – the group responsible for supplying students with a coveted stash of alcohol and drugs. Seventeen-year-old Selah Summers is the Queen Bee. She’s a take-charge kind of gal who knows how to manipulate the system – and people – to get things done without getting her own hands dirty. But behind the strong facade is an insecure teen struggling with the prospect of relinquishing control upon graduation and living up to the high academic standards set by her ‘Tiger Mom’ parents.