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FilmWeek: Our Reviews Of 'The King of Staten Island,' 'Da 5 Bloods,' 'Artemis Fowl' And More Movies You Can Stream From Home

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Bel Powley and Pete Davidson in "The King of Staten Island" (Alison Cohen Rosa/Universal Pictures)
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Every week, Larry Mantle, who also hosts our newsroom's longtime public affairs show AirTalk, and KPCC film critics spend an hour talking about new films.

This week, Amy Nicholson and Claudia Puig join Larry to review this weekend’s new movie releases and share some of their recommendations:

“The King of Staten Island”

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  • Available on digital (iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play, FandangoNOW, Vudu, YouTube, Spectrum, DirecTV)
Amy had this to say:
“This is really a great selling point movie for Pete Davidson as a leading man. He’s really charismatic, he’s really funny, and he’s not a comedian that I think can get shoehorned into an easy-answer, happy kind of comedy the way that Judd Apatow wants to do. So there’s a really fascinating push-pull in the center of this where Pete Davidson almost breaks out of the Judd Apatow template and makes a movie that feels interesting on its own.”

“Da 5 Bloods”

  • Available on Netflix

Claudia says:
“This movie could not be more timely and relevant. It feels almost prophetic coming as it is right now... and many of us are expressly looking for films about the black experience... so this navigates this inflection point, and it’s also a look at systemic racism. It’s a continued reminder that [Spike Lee] is a really vital filmmaker and it’s a strong follow-up to BlackKklansman, which won the Best Adapted Screenplay [Oscar] in 2019. I like that it’s illuminating, fascinating; it’s not didactic. There’s some fantastic performances. Delroy Lindo is excellent.”

“Artemis Fowl”

  • Available on Disney +
Here’s Amy’s review:
“This is just another gigantic, focus-tested-to-death, splashy kids special effects movie that feels test-marketed to death and very weak and kind of a flop. I mean, I guess if you have kids, this will kill 90 minutes. It’s very hard to sit through. It wows me that there’s films that supposedly have all this imagination and feel just as trite and rote as everything in the Disney canon lately.”

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“The Surrogate”

Claudia’s review:
“I like this film. It’s a small, kind of micro-budgeted film and it’s really all about the performance of Jasmine Batchelor...and it’s just wonderfully anchored by her performance. It’s very naturalistic. I love that it’s never moralistic. It just looks at all the angles and all the ramifications of a pregnancy where you learn there could be unexpected conditions. There’s no histrionics, there’s no preaching. It’s perceptive. It’s absorbing.”

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