The Grunion
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Back in theaters for the first time in months, movie goers have a classy action thriller in “Nobody.” In home video, the Mighty Ducks are back with a Disney+ series that’s loads of fun for adults and children alike.

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Tom Holland, best known for the big action franchise Spider-Man, puts his acting talent on display in an intense drama, “Cherry” and Disney+ and the Marvel Cinematic Universe unveil a new direction in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

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“Supernova” is a magical movie with two great actors, Stanley Tucci and Collin Firth, in the story of a couple facing the scourge of dementia. Jennifer Garner can’t save “Yes Day” and cartoon icons Tom and Jerry completely miss the target in their own movie, “Tom and Jerry.”

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International City Theatre's production of “ART” by Yasmina Reza opened virtually on Feb 18. It is the first play of ICT's 36th season, which I truly hope sees a safe and triumphant return to the stage, at least by year's end.

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Two movies this week that are similar in that they are both mainly two-character dramas but very different in other ways. “The Little Things” is a great cop story about unlikely partners and “The Big Dig” is a great partner movie about….archeology.

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Master filmmaker Frances Ford Coppola released a revised version of “Godfather” late last year and it’s a welcome version. On a less sweeping scale, an abused mother struggles to find a place to live with her two children in the intense and enjoyable “Herself.”

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Two extremely well-done films this week showcase classic film genres: “Sylvie’s Love,” a romance and “Honest Thief” an action drama starring Liam Neeson as a man who should not be taken lightly.

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A documentary, “Harry Belafonte on The Tonight Show,” about a Black man hosting the “Tonight Show” in 1968, raises important questions about whether things have changed. A much lighter movie, “Enola Holmes,” imagines what would have happened if Sherlock Holmes had a younger sister.

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The folks at Disney+ have created “Becoming,” a series about accomplishments by individuals that everyone can enjoy; and Nurse Ratched, one of cinema’s iconic characters, deserves better treatment that she gets in the Netflix series named after her.

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First run movies return to theaters in California after six months with “Tenet,” a thoughtful meditation on going back and forth in time. It was worth the wait.

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“The One and Only Ivan,” a heartwarming true story about a gorilla raised by a loving family, tops the list this week along with a documentary about politicians of the future in “Boys State” gives viewers something to think about.

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While theaters remain closed, streaming video offers some good choices including the amusing “Magic Camp,” something for parents and children to enjoy together. And this week’s most popular Netflix movie is an above average action thriller, “Project Power.”

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“The Secret: Dare To Dream,” on-demand, is a Hallmark-style movie with actors you know. And Disney+ introduces us to a songwriter responsible for some of its iconic contemporary songs before passing away long before his time.

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A great film maker, Ron Howard, tells the emotional story of the rebirth of a town destroyed by a forest fire in “Rebuilding Paradise.” And a fine character actor, Wilford Brimley passes away.

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A great actor, Thomas Hardy, can’t save the muddled mess that is “Capone” on-demand and “Cursed” is a lame retelling of the Legend of King Arthur in streaming offerings.

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“Love, Victor” is a Hulu series that can’t really measure up to its roots in a feature film and the versatile Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the excellent (if unlikely) star of “7500,” a tense hijacking drama.

Spike Lee delivers a complex, thought-provoking work of art with “Da 5 Bloods” and the Judd Apatow comedy/drama “The King of Staten Island” is great work too.

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Quality scary stuff from Blumhouse, the folks who know what they’re doing with “The Invisible Man” and some pleasurable emotions for our time in “Military Wives” in streaming.

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Plenty of movies for housebound families this week and adults will find a welcome blast of joyfulness in the documentary “A Secret Love,” about a gay couple who kept their relationship hidden for 60 years.

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The Disney+ streaming service provides the best product this week in “Prop Culture,” an entertaining and heartwarming look behind the scenes of some of your favorite movies. And one of the year’s biggest and most interesting flops, “Birds of Prey” as available for purchase.

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Great stuff streaming this week including a unique and very funny high school coming-of-age series from Mindy Kaling and “Circus of Books,” a documentary that tells the story of a unique Los Angeles bookstore that became the center of the gay community in West Hollywood.

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Captain America and Thor are in on deck in streaming this week but in different roles. And to celebrate Star Wars Day (May 4th) Disney+ is offering up a slew of Star Wars movies on demand starting at $9.99.

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A couple of the most popular cops in movies stage a successful return in “Bad Boys for Life” in home video. And sports fans get a big gift in the much-awaited documentary about the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan in “The Last Dance” on ESPN.

"Living Things," currently showing at the Long Beach Creative Group’s Gallery, brings unique and diverse interpretations to the exhibit’s theme — living things. Artists’ works on display include Greg Fritsche, Narciso Martinez, Donald Tiscareno, Kay Ruffin, Adonna Khare, Ray Bravo and Helen Cox.

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