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Posted 8/11/21

At the Warwick Showcase and streaming on HBO Max If you liked the craziness of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" series, you will go crazy over "The Suicide Squad," a DC Comics spoof that pulls all the plugs with over two hours of violence, humor, adventure

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At the Warwick Showcase and streaming on HBO Max

If you liked the craziness of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” series, you will go crazy over “The Suicide Squad,” a DC Comics spoof that pulls all the plugs with over two hours of violence, humor, adventure and outrageous special effects that will blow your mind.

You have never seen a mix of superheroes like this. Actually, there are two squads, but the first doesn’t make out too well in a wild and crazy opening scene.

Rhode Island’s own Viola Davis, undoubtedly one of the best actors ever, shows no shame in gobbling up the scenery as the ruthless head of a mission to send prisoners to a South American country with imprisoned aliens that look like one-eyed starfish.

Idris Elba leads the motley crew into danger under duress. The big brute of a guy is terrified of rats, even the friendly sidekick of Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchoir). The movie wins the prize for most rats ever assembled for one scene.

Add John Cena as Peacemaker, David Dastmalchian as Polka Dot Man and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn (truly the scene stealer), and you have the weirdest group of superheroes ever assembled.

But wait! There’s one more. A talking whale. And you’ll never guess whose voice is behind all the blubber.

The movie never slows down, leading to a final battle that overwhelms anything you’ve seen before.

And if you stick around until the long list of credits listing hundreds of stunt people, you’ll get a hint of what comes next.

How they can ever top this one is beyond me.

It is a big R, but all of the violence is so outrageous and “colorful,” it looks like a PG.

At the Avon and streaming on Amazon Prime

ANNETTE
**½
(Weird rock opera)

Adam Driver stars as Henry McHenry, an L.A. comedian who challenges his audiences with offensive, nebulous material that they seem to enjoy.

The self-centered, obnoxious man falls in love with Ann (Marion Cotillard), a beautiful, talented opera star. They are married, have a baby, and grow apart when her career soars and his is on a downward plunge.

Baby Annette, in one of the many strange aspects of the two hour and 20 minute film, is played by a puppet.

The dialogue is mostly sung in rock opera fashion to the music of Ron and Russell Mael, aka The Sparks Brothers. You will love it or hate it.

The movie is a strange mixture of fantasy, farce and drama with a conclusion making you wonder if it is all a put on or if it is supposed to have some deep profound meaning.

This one is rated R and requires an acquired taste.

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