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(More like ‘Star Wars’ than ‘King Kong’)The movie opens with a brief setup where we meet a female scientist studying King Kong in a giant dome on Skull Island, where Kong befriends a cute little deaf girl who communicates with him in sign language. You know that she will play a big part in the outcome.

Meanwhile, Godzilla is off destroying everything in sight. And then there’s a mad scientist who builds all kinds of contraptions in his lab that will take him to Hollow Earth with his robotic Godzilla-like robot.

Throw in a podcast guy who gets mixed up in all the mayhem, some awful dialogue and incredible special effects, and you have the lead-in to the big battles.

Who wins the battle between Kong and Godzilla?

You’ll have to wait for the twist at the end to see what happens as the robot makes it a threesome.

The majority of the movie is devoted to a “Star Wars”-like chase through Hollow Earth, leading to the major battle over Hong Kong.

It goes on forever and ever, destroying thousands of buildings and (presumably) people, although we don’t see anybody die as the creatures crunch every building in sight.

The PG-13 movie leaves itself open for yet another sequel.



(Quirky comedy)Michelle Pfeiffer is terrific as Frances Price, the cynical, snippy socialite who is left penniless by her dead husband.

Frances, her twenty-something son Malcolm (Lucas Hedges) and black cat (Small Frank) are offered an apartment in Paris by her only friend. She sells her art collection, takes the money in euros, and cruises to France, where she meets some of the quirkiest folks ever invented by clever writers.

As great as Pfeiffer is, the cat steals the show. We won’t give anything away, just tell you that he is a very special cat.

Ending up staying in the small apartment are a medium, a private eye and a neighbor, all of them quite eccentric in their own way.

They are joined by the owner of the apartment and Malcolm’s fiancée and her new boyfriend.

While Frances isn’t a very nice person – in fact she can be downright nasty – some of her snap decisions will benefit some people and make you love her eccentricities.

If you have a love for dark, offbeat comedy, you should love this one. Rated R with profanity and sexual references.



(Teen sci-fi)“Lord of the Flies” in outer space.

That is the gist of this teen sci-fi flick that has the earth heading for destruction as scientists send toddlers into space for an 86-year trip to a hopefully habitable planet.

With only one adult (Colin Farrell) aboard, the toddlers grow to teenagers, and that’s when the trouble begins.

Two teens decide not to drink the blue liquid that makes them all quite docile, with no urge to fight or have sexual thoughts.

When the adult has a fatal accident, all the teens stop drinking the blue liquid and “Voyagers” turns into “Lord of the Flies.”

Two friends become enemies and the teen crew is forced to choose sides between the good guy and the bad guy.

The movie deteriorates into a kill-or-be-killed violent mess until good wins out over evil.

Rated R with lots of violence, sex and profanity.

On Netflix



You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy this delightful three-year series about “religious” Jews living their lives with all of their ups and downs in their native country.

The episodes center around Elishiva and his father, devout students and teachers of the Talmud who are faced with a variety of challenges to their faith.

Marriages are arranged by the Matchmaker, causing many problems among the younger men, who are told that love has little to do with it.

In one touching scene, father tells son that his wife never told he she loved him.

“Every night she would take the butter out of the refrigerator so that it was soft in the morning for my toast!”

That was her expression of love.

While some of the episodes play out like soap operas, we learn much about the culture, the food, the dress and the daily lives of these beautiful people.

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