Some Things are More Compelling Than Others


What to Watch in the Theater:
Bad Times at the El Royale (R) is in theaters now. This thriller follows a group of individuals, all staying at an unusual lodge during the off season in the late 1960s. We learn about the occupants of each room, as disturbing events unfold, and see how the guests (and the only staff member on premises) interact and become connected. The story is compelling, as it’s told from different perspectives, with backstories intertwined. There’s quite a bit of violence, but that didn’t detract from the gripping story, which kept us engaged to the very end.
Our rating: 4.67 out of 5


The Old Man & the Gun (PG13) opens today. This movie is based on a true story, about a charming bank robber with no intention of changing his ways. Robert Redford plays the likable older thief, with Casey Affleck as the cop who makes it his mission to find and arrest him. Sissy Spacek plays the later in life love interest. Reminiscent of other recent heist movies starring older actors, this one doesn’t provide many plot twists, but it’s still a pleasant watch.
Our rating: 4 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell (TVPG) is a Netflix original series. This show features elaborate confections produced by the owner of a quirky household that includes unusual (somewhat creepy) animal characters. It’s part sitcom, part cooking show, and full of Henson creations. Food AND puppets?!? We’re on board for the long haul with this one!
Our rating: 4.33 out of 5

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (TV14) is a Netflix original series. Based on the darker, more recent comic book iteration, this is not at all the Sabrina we know and love. And boy, do we love us some Sabrina – watched every episode. This one is much creepier and more violent than the sitcom version, and we’re having trouble getting past the first episode.
Not rating until we watch more, if we do.

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