LUCA, the newest feature film for Pixar, is a sweet, whimsical coming-of-age fantasy about a teenaged sea monster who transforms into a real boy whenever he emerges from the ocean. Set on the Italian Riviera in the early 1960’s, this clever, funny, highly creative animation is a real pleasure to watch. Not showing in theaters, LUCA is streaming on Disney Plus along with all of the 23 other Pixar features, starting with 1995’s TOY STORY. The cost is $7.99 per month. If you don’t already subscribe, why not just sign up and cancel before the end of the first month? That will also give you the chance to watch SOUL, a Pixar film that I think is one of the best movies of 2020. Also, Lin Manuel Miranda’s great musical, HAMILTON, is still streaming on Disney Plus.
Oscar winning filmmaker Jordan Peele and Oscar winning actor Daniel Kaluuya team up for their second movie together since the popular horror film, GET OUT. This one is a big budget spectacle called NOPE. Peele says his new film is for people who don’t think they like horror movies. It’s about a brother and sister (Hollywood horse trainers) who own a ranch that is attacked by a UFO that behaves like a hungry monster. Shot in Imax, NOPE is a creative and entertaining blockbuster, full of tension, suspense, and some truly wicked humor. It’s not all that scary. But it is a weird movie that should keep you on the edge of your seat, and it has an ingenious, crowd pleasing ending. (Only in theaters)
Veteran actor John Cho and newcomer Mia Issac co-star in a new comedy/drama called DON’T MAKE ME GO. If you have Amazon Prime, it’s worth checking out. The movie is a well acted, well directed bittersweet film about the troubled relationship of a middle aged single father and his 15 year old daughter. At the beginning, in voice over, the daughter says, “You’re not gonna like the way this story ends, but I think you’re going to like the story.” And that’s pretty much how I felt. I enjoyed watching this film, but I was disappointed by the surprise twist at the end. (Amazon Prime only)