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Nicole Kidman has the ball as America’s darling: Brian Weiner reviews being Ricardos

Being Ricardos (15, 125 minutes)

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Verdict: Intelligent and fascinating

Westside story (12A, 156 minutes)

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Verdict: A glorious “reimagination”

Sharing this week’s top billing is a great pair of movies that vividly recreate America during the Eisenhower era. One provides carefully choreographed fiction and the other is a stunning interpretation of the stone-cold facts.

The latter is Aaron Sorkin’s screenwriter and director Being the Ricardos on the relationship between Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Cuban Hazman’s Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem). Live broadcast of their hit TV show, I Love Lucy.

Now, if you’ve never seen I Love Lucy and don’t know much about Lucille Ball’s noble position on black-and-white 50’s and 60’s US television, being Ricardos won’t tempt you. maybe. But remembering her as one of the greatest of all television comedians (at a time when her gender-specific language wasn’t the subject of the Awakening Festival of pursed lips and dark eyebrows. ), It fascinates and pleases you.

National Treasure: Nicole of being Ricardos.

National Treasure: Nicole of being Ricardos.

It happened that I lived in the United States in the mid-1980s and was fascinated by the endless reruns of I Love Lucy, where Ball and Arnaz played Vickers screen couples Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. It was a comforting memory of a simpler era, but in reality, Sorkin’s film is working on a revelation in the middle of the American “Red Scare” paranoia that Ball was a member of the US Communist Party.

How she and Desi dealt with that potentially deadly blow to her immense popularity (60 million Americans who habitually saw I Love Lucy, which lasted from 1951 to 1957). Is one of the many strands of Being The Ricardos.

Another is marital unfaithfulness, and another is Lucy wrestling with producer Jess Oppenheimer (Tony Hale) in the long shadow of Philip Morris Tobacco, a strong sponsor of the CBS show. It’s a battle of creative control of time.

Surprisingly, from a modern point of view, Philip Morris executives “implied” that Lucy and Ricky had sex, thereby undermining the show’s healthy innocence, so it seems that true Lucy was. In addition, Lucy was dead for a reference to a pregnant screen. Simpler time does not necessarily mean smarter time.

Sorkin skillfully interweaves them all, flashing back how Lucy and Desi met and how she became America’s most famous female. It can be a little confusing at times, but it’s done cleverly. This is mainly due to the large amount of material to be packed.

Interestingly, both Kidman and Bardem are great. JK Simmons and Nina Arianda are William Frawley and Vivian Vance. life.

Kidman’s casting is not without controversy. Indeed, she said social media abuse made her think about quitting.

But she completely nails both the crazy screen Lucy and, more importantly, the flashy off-screen version. It’s a great performance and the heart of an intelligent and immersive movie.

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, which I reviewed in more detail last week, is set on the opposite coast at the same time. I can’t imagine sharks and jets spending a lot of time on I Love Lucy.

This isn’t a complete remake of the classic 1961 movie, the most Oscar-winning screen musical to date, but what Spielberg calls “reimagining.” Well, it’s absolutely amazing, so everything welcomes the power of his reimagination.

The lyrics have been modified everywhere to suit today’s sensibilities, but overall, composer Leonard Bernstein, choreographer Jerome Robbins, lyricist Stephen Sondheim, and even Spielberg’s own genius. It is prominently exhibited. Casting is a spot, with one exception (Ansel Elgort, a little underpowered as a plunging romantic Tony).

Westside glory with Ariana Devose. This isn't a remake of the classic 1961 movie, it's the most Oscar-decorated screen musical to date, but what Spielberg calls

Westside glory with Ariana Devose. This isn’t a remake of the classic 1961 movie, it’s the most Oscar-decorated screen musical to date, but what Spielberg calls “reimagining.”

Rachel Zegler, a rookie drawn from a high school in New Jersey to play female leader Maria, is fascinating and sings like an angel. Ariana Devose is great as another major female character, Anita.

And as an elderly widow who runs a local drugstore, I’m really looking forward to seeing the original screen anita Rita Moreno in a new part.

Otherwise, the story, inspired by Romeo and Juliet, desperately falls in love with Tony and Maria, despite growing tensions between Puerto Rican sharks and white American jets. So, deploy it in a familiar way. ..

And the depressing but unavoidable fact that the simmering problems of the Westside story 60 years ago, such as racism, social turmoil, juvenile delinquency, and knife crime, are even more important today. Everything is strongly supported.

Both movies are currently in the cinema. Being Ricardos has been on Amazon Prime Video since December 21st.

This funny and starry satire will bring a comet

Don’t Look Up (15, 138 minutes)

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Verdict: High Impact Big Hitter

Befitting a movie about celestial activity, this satirical black comedy by writer and director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Vice, Big Short) is almost distractingly starry.

Cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Sir Mark Rylance and Timothée Chalamet.

Dicaprio and Lawrence play the astronomers Dr. Randall Mindy and Dr. Kate Diviaski, who discovered the comet on a collision course with the Earth that is larger than the comet that wiped out the dinosaurs. Just six months before the Big Bang, the United States can be broadly divided into two groups. Those who know that Armageddon is coming and those who deny the influence.

Negatives are dim, image-obsessed US President (Streep), more concerned about how the crisis will help her win the midterm elections, and convinced he has. Helped by the global media giant (Lilance) is the technology to take a nasty comet off course and, more excitingly, extract $ 140 trillion worth of rare earth minerals in it.

Befitting a movie about celestial activity, this satirical black comedy by writer and director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Vice, Big Short) is almost distractingly starry. Cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence (photo)

Befitting a movie about celestial activity, this satirical black comedy by writer and director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Vice, Big Short) is almost distractingly starry. Cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence (photo)

Meanwhile, Dr. Diviaski is cursed on social media to stay true to her beliefs, while nervous Dr. Mindy becomes an unlikely national celebrity (to Dr. Forch, Chief Medical Advisor in the United States). I think I was inspired). Apart from his healthy rural family life, he is even tempted by Blanchett’s Vampish breakfast TV anchor bed (hopefully not a development inspired by Dr. Forch).

This is all sporadic and very interesting. Sometimes the comedy is a little too wide. Probably because there are so many satire targets. Crazy conspiracy theorists, social media influencers, breakfast TV, celebrity obsessions, Donald Trump, Elon Musk, which must be said by a significantly liberal agenda).

But the most important treat in this movie is Lilance. He plays tycoon Sir Peter Ischerwell as a surprisingly poor communicator (who has heard Sir Richard Branson growl and make mistakes in the middle of his speech). , You may understand where it came from).

Whether it was written by McKay or improvised by Lilance, it’s a really valuable performance and deserves to make this movie about a blockbuster, blockbuster in its own right.

Don’t Look Up is currently in the cinema and will be showing on Netflix from December 24th.

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Rita Moreno: Just a girl who decided to do it (12, 90 minutes)

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Citizen ash

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Timed With the release of West Side Story (see above), Rita Moreno: Just the girl (12, 90 minutes) who decided to go for it is a fascinating study of a remarkable female, a true pioneer.

Moreno himself is surprisingly energetic, beautiful at almost 90 years old, and remembers arriving in New York from Puerto Rico in the 1930s. Her professional debut was 6 years old, her contract with MGM was 16 years old, and she was raped by an agent, leading to an abusive relationship with Marlon Brando. Suicide attempt and victory in her many careers.

Not only did she inspire countless others (Gloria Estefan and Eva Longoria both have gorgeous compliments), but when Gene Kelly sang in the rain and performed his iconic routine. No one was there (next to Sammy Davis Jr.) when Dr. Martin Luther King gave his “I have a dream” speech.

What kind of story. What a life.

Moreno, alas, has nothing but a survivor who can’t say about the subject of another valuable documentary, Citizen Ash (no certificate, 94 minutes, HHHII).

African-American tennis champion Arthur Ashe was only 49 years old when he died in 1993 after being infected with an AIDS-causing virus from a blood transfusion that was transmitted during heart surgery.

But he also had a compelling life story. It started in Richmond, Virginia, but Ash refused to speak out against racism. It wasn’t his style.

Instead, he “told tennis” and urged an unjust “Uncle Tom” accusation from black militants, but later became a powerful and dignified activist for AIDS awareness. rice field.

He was a good man and was perfectly worthy of this admirable movie.

Both movies are available on digital platforms.

Nicole Kidman has the ball as America’s darling: Brian Weiner reviews being Ricardos

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