At the Movies with Don & Joyce

Posted 2/3/21

SUPERNOVA

*** (Don)

***½ (Joyce)

This poignant tale about early onset dementia has two great performances by Colin Firth as Sam and Stanley Tucci as Tusker, two aging men who have …

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At the Movies with Don & Joyce

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SUPERNOVA

*** (Don)              ***½ (Joyce)

This poignant tale about early onset dementia has two great performances by Colin Firth as Sam and Stanley Tucci as Tusker, two aging men who have been together for 20 years and are now facing a difficult time in their life together.

Tusker’s condition is progressing at an incurable pace, and he knows where it is leading.

He is a writer who can no longer write. He forgets things. He has trouble buttoning his shirt. He is becoming more and more dependent on his partner.

Sam is devoted to Tusker and has put his musical career on hold to care for him.

They take a road trip through the beautiful English countryside, stopping to visit with Tusker’s family and friends.

When Tusker reveals his difficult decision, Sam must face the moment, leading to a moving conclusion.

“Supernova” is one of three new movies coming out about the difficult subject. It is beautifully written and acted. I found it a bit slow, depressing and hard to catch every word, as the two spoke softly with English accents.

Rated R, but suitable for adults with only minor profanity.

At the Avon and Warwick Showcase.

THE LITTLE THINGS

*** (Don)            ***½ (Joyce)

Denzel Washington stars as Joe Deacon, a small town cop who returns to his native L.A. to team up with a younger detective (Rami Malek) to solve a murder case. They pursue the leading suspect (Jared Leto) with a vengeance, each using their own unconventional methods.

I found the movie too slow and at times confusing, especially during flashbacks, and lost my way a couple of times. Joyce, the avid reader of detective novels, and much more astute than I, had little trouble following the convoluted plot and liked it better than I did.

We watched it at Warwick Showcase with one other couple in the Friday matinee audience. Daughter Robin and her husband watched it on HBOMAX.

Rated R, with violence, profanity and nudity.

ON NETFLIX

OUTLANDER: The popular Netflix adventure tale is back for its fourth season, finding Jamie and Claire washed ashore and settling in North Carolina in 1767.

If you remember, Claire is from the future and is a healer who fell in love with Jamie, a Scottish Outlander from the past. Buy into the premise and you’ll surely enjoy their adventures and relationship.

THE DIG, new on Netflix, stars Ralph Fiennes in the true story of the discovery of an ancient ship buried under huge mounds on an English estate. The two-hour movie was just added to the schedule and is well worth your time.

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