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King Richard

Will Smith plays Richard Williams, who wrote a playbook that guided their daughters, Venus and Serena, to world champion tennis players. Will Smith is great; I don’t find him terribly convincing in many of his roles, but he immerses himself into this role as a father driven to his daughters’ success, both on and off the court. After watching the movie, he plays exactly the right character: Someone who is just as focused on making a name for himself as for his daughters. This supreme focus and self-centeredness, which he plays so well, detracts somewhat from the overall story. Their …

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tick, tick, BOOM!

Lin-Manuel Miranda directed this film based on a one-man show by Jonathan Larson, the playwright who wrote the lyrics and book for the musical Rent. Before he wrote Rent, he wrote a screenplay for a science fiction musical; the process of writing this became the subject for tick, tick Boom!  I loved the film. Andrew Garfield is fantastic as Larson; I didn’t know much about him, but Garfield seems to capture his crazy spirit (and he rather looks like him as well). I didn’t realize that Garfield could sing, but he clearly found a voice in this film. It is …

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