Updated: Sep. 12, 2021 at 2:36 PM HST|
By Terry Hunter
Just after the horrific terrorist attacks on 9/11, Congress passed a bill to help compensate the families of the victims for the tragic loss of their loved ones. A new Netflix movie called WORTH stars Michael Keaton as Ken Feinberg, the mediator charged with the impossible task of deciding how much money each family should get. WORTH is an intense, well acted drama, based on the true story of the emotional struggle the mediator and the families went through in coming to an agreement about how much money they should get. Feinberg initially believes he can assign a cash value to each victim’s life. But gradually, he comes to understand that instead of just trying to be fair and impartial, he must really listen to the grieving families and empathize with their pain. WORTH is powerful and very, very good. I had a hard time watching some scenes, but I’m really glad I stuck with it. (Also starring Amy Ryan and Stanley Tucci; Netflix only)
Updated: Sep. 6, 2021 at 2:44 PM HST|
By Terry Hunter
The new film COVA won four top prizes at this year’s Sundance Film Festival including the Grand Prize and the Audience Award. Then, Apple paid a record 25 million dollars to buy the world wide rights for the film which is playing In select mainland theaters and streaming on Apple TV Plus. CODA is heart tugging coming of age comedy/drama about Ruby, a talented 17-year-old singer who is the only hearing person in a family of deaf people. Her family catches and sells fish for a living and they depend on the daughter to communicate with their customers. When we first meet talented English actress Emilia Jones as Ruby, she’s working on the family fishing boat singing along to the radio which her dad and brother can’t hear at all. Ruby loves to sing but has no idea of how good she is until she signs up for a choir elective at school mainly because of a boy she has a crush on from afar. She’s so nervous at the first meeting of the choir that she rushes out of the room before it’s her turn to sing for the no nonsense music teacher. But she returns before long, and it becomes obvious what a fine singer she is, so good her teacher says he can help her get into a good music college. Her parents and brother are played by three deaf actors who really want her to stay at home and continue to help them. (Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin plays her mother.) C-O-D-A is and acronym for “child of deaf adults.” The storyline is predictable, but the great acting plus the creative shooting and editing make for a sweet, touching and very satisfying experience. (It’s streaming on Apple TV Plus which offers a 7 day free trial. After that, the service costs $4.99 per month.)
Updated: Aug. 31, 2021 at 8:29 AM HST|
By HNN Staff
Disney is going to give a sequel to Jungle Cruise! Plus, congratulations to the group "Kulaiwi". their single is heading out on September 2nd.
Updated: Aug. 29, 2021 at 9:22 AM HST|
By Terry Hunter
If you’re brave enough to go to a movie theater and you want to watch a crowd pleasing new comedy, check out FREE GUY starring Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer. Reynolds plays “Blue Shirt Guy,” a bank teller who discovers that he’s really nothing more than a background character in a violent video game. Jodie Comer has a double role as one of the game’s star players (Molotov Girl) and one of its creators (Millie) in the real world. In the video game, every day is almost like the day before and the innocent, always optimistic Guy accepts mayhem and violent bank robberies as normal since the virtual world of the game is all is all he’s ever known. But once he learns that he’s only a non player character in the game, he’s determined to change things. And he is smitten by Molotov Girl. The frantic cartoon-like violence that follows is a parody of what we see in action thrillers. I can’t even count the number of times I laughed out loud. FREE GUY is a sweet, hilarious comedy—fresh, clever and fun for anyone, even people who never play video games.
Updated: Aug. 24, 2021 at 5:00 AM HST
The new trailer for "Spider-Man: No Way Home" is out, and Damien alumnus Jacob Batalon is back to reprise his role as Spidey's best friend.
Updated: Aug. 22, 2021 at 3:31 PM HST|
By Terry Hunter
The new movie RESPECT is a biopic that shows the rise of Aretha Franklin’s singing career. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson stars as the the popular “Queen of Soul.” Franklin passed away in 2018 at the age of 76, but before her death, she made it clear that she wanted Jennifer Hudson to play her in this movie. And Hudson’s spectacular performance shows what a good choice that was. RESPECT is the best movie biopic I’ve seen since BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY in 2016. RESPECT tells a rather conventional story of a star overcoming great obstacles to achieve success, but the movie contains lots more music than the typical biopic of a great singer. And Jennifer Hudson sings her heart out. (only in theaters)