A new comedy-drama called CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH won the audience award at this year’s SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, and I can see why. Newcomer Cooper Raif wrote directed and stars in this realistic and bittersweet coming of age film about a 22 year old new college graduate who moves back home to live with his parents while he figures out what he’s wants to do with his life.
There he becomes infatuated with a woman ten years older than he is played by the luminous Dakota Johnson. CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH is a satisfying mix of tenderness, warmth and good humor.
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)