Paul McGuire Grimes, creator of Paul’s Trip to the Movies, gives us his review of the new dark comedy, Kajillionaire, a pick from Netflix, and two suggestions to watch to honor the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
KAJILLIONAIRE (in theaters only)
Dark comedies and oddball characters can be hard to come by these days. If you’re looking for a unique story, give Kajillionaire a shot. It stars Evan Rachel Wood as Old Dolio, yes that’s the character’s name. She’s the daughter of two con artists played by Debra Winger and Richard Jenkins. Their cons aren’t robbing banks or casinos. They are small petty thefts that barely keep them afloat. One exchange leaves them with a gift certificate for a massage. This is the only life Old Dolio knows as she doesn’t have friends or any real social interaction. That all changes when her parents invite a young woman, played by Gina Rodriguez, into the mix. Her character, Melanie, is a light into the real world for Old Dolio testing what she knows to be true and what she has accepted from her parent’s false life.
RATING: 3 out of 5 TICKET STUBS.
ENOLA HOLMES (Netflix)
Millie Bobby Brown is making her leap from the quiet Eleven in Stranger Things to being the kid sister to Sherlock Holmes in Enola Holmes. Enola Holmes is the younger sister to Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes and now finds herself following in her brother’s footsteps. It’s the morning of her 16th birthday, and their mother goes missing. Enola hasn’t seen her brothers in years, but their mother’s disappearance doesn’t provide for a warm family reunion either. Enola slips out from under their watch to find their mother using the clues she’s left along the way. The search for her mom leads Enola to hidden secrets she may not be ready to hear.
RATING: 4 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
In Honor of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The documentary RBG and the dramatized film On the Basis of Sex will be returning to theaters this weekend along with their current availability OnDemand and RBG streaming on Hulu.
Per the press release, “Both film companies will be donating their net proceeds from the films’ theatrical re-release to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation in support of their Women’s Rights Project, which was co-founded by Ginsburg back in 1972.”
On the Basis of Sex featured Felicity Jones as Ginsburg and chronicled her early years in law, her doting marriage to husband Martin, and the monumental case Moritz v. IRS, where Ginsburg fought to rule that gender discrimination is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
For me, RBG is the better movie given the documentary nature to it. You really feel the impact Ginsburg has had on women, the law, and pop culture in recent years. I felt like I got to know who she was as a person and as justice of the Supreme Court
Fans can use #ThankYouRuth to share tributes on social media.