Four new reviews open July from Al and Linda Lerner on Movies and Shakers

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Ant-man is back with the Wasp and she’s every bit his equal, plus she’s got something he hasn’t got. Wings! Paul Rudd is charming, engaging and funny getting in and out of trouble as a less than pint sized insect. Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit, TV’s Lost) is strong, smart and adorable in this latest adventure in the Marvel Universe.

Here, their mission is not as heavy as saving the world. This is just supposed to be summer fun. Instead these two are trying to save the fate of a family with plenty of humor included. The writers had fun with this script and so did Paul Rudd. This is the first time he helped co-wrote it.


A Sicario sequel wasn’t necessary, but because of the immigration situation now at the U.S./Mexican border, it is more current than ever. You don’t need to have seen the original film. This film gives enough background so you can pick up on what has happened with the main characters. Emily Blunt missed being in this one because of scheduling conflicts, busy with A Quiet Place and Mary Poppins.


Do you have a Love/Hate relationship with your father? Writer/Director Sean Feste had that with her Dad and decided to make a film about him. He was a colorful character who’d disappear for long periods of time, sometimes going to jail. But when he did show up, he was a helluva good time, especially on road trips which she told us about in our interview.


This is one weird western. It’s a comedy, of sorts, but more satire with a big feminist bent. David and Nathan Zellner are Austin, Texas based filmmakers known for going for what’s a little offbeat. They take this Western on an unusual road trip shot and set in Utah and the Oregon coast in the old days. It’s includes a love story, bloody killings, explosions and dark humor. Ever see someone yodel at a hanging?

We saw Damsel at the CFCA’s Chicago Film Critics Festival in May. The Zellners were in attendance.The brothers wrote and directed this film together. The language used in the script is more contemporary than from the Old West. The brothers were all set to go with this feature but lost the funding, so they put it on the back burner and went ahead with the notable Sundance Award winner Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter. However, the brothers agree that doing Kumiko and  subsequent shorts gave them the confidence and support to do this one.

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