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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 05-09-2019

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6 ENTERTAINMENT MAY 9-15, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION 'Long Shot' more than just a romantic comedy HHHH While "Avengers: Endgame" is dominating the U.S. box office for a second weekend, a limited number of films decided to take their chances this weekend against the Marvel juggernaut. Opting for a good com- edy over an animated kids' movie that looked dead on arrival, and Dennis Quaid's creepy movie, I checked out "Long Shot." This was defi- nitely the best choice and it proved to be well worth my time and I will happily rec- ommend it. "Long Shot" is being heav- ily marketed as a romantic comedy, but it is actually much more than that. It is equal parts political drama, with both tongue-in-cheek and fairly obvious jabs at both Fox News and Rupert Murdoch, slapstick comedy and romance. The film centers on a female Secretary of State, Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron), who has grown very tired and weary of her boss, the president. The president is played with delicious verve by Bob Odenkirk who is most syn- onymous for playing TV's slimiest lawyer Saul on both "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul." Here, he is an ex- actor who played the presi- dent on a TV series. His lack of experience and concern for himself are very reminis- cent of Donald Trump. Charlotte decides she is going to seek the 2020 nomi- nation and hires a witty, sarcastic writer from a small Brooklyn independent news- paper to juice up her speech- es since the public views her as not very humorous. Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) as it turns out has a history with Charlotte as she use to baby- sit him. Fred immediately dives headlong into his job but at the same time begins fall- ing hard for her. Charlotte's staff are wary of the feelings growing between the two and attempt to derail the coupling. What makes "Long Shot" such a winner is that this is a wickedly smart film because of its satirical look at Washington politics but also that it's also pretty raunchy. It doesn't make apologies for some of the trademark Rogen humor that fans of his are accustomed to. Theron is elegant and commanding but puts in a heck of turn play- ing off of Rogen's far more experienced comedy back- ground. Their romance feels genuine and not forced and when you think it's going to go down familiar and clichéd avenues, it doesn't. This film also examines how people can change, eschewing their hardcore beliefs and then come back around full circle. It's also an interesting view into the busy lives of career politi- cians, the personal sacrifices they make, and how the optics of a situation can reflect negatively or posi- tively and that no decision is made without all this scru- tiny. Rogen does a great job lambasting both the media and politics and the jokes are smart and on point. There's a point late in the third act where Charlotte does some- thing and you find yourself cheering for her and wishing that such honesty was actu- ally exhibited in reality. Andy Serkis puts in a great performance as Parker Wembley, the CEO of a cable news channel. Lisa Kudrow and Paul Scheer put in small but hilarious roles as does O'Shea Jackson Jr. as Fred's best friend, Lance. The chemistry between the leads is great and this was a refreshingly original and fun film. The film is rated R. CHARLIZE THERON, left, plays Secretary of State Charlotte Field who decides to seek the 2020 nomination and hires a witty, sarcastic writer, played by SETH ROGEN, to add some humor to her speeches in "Long Shot." Film Unfiltered TOM BURKE SENE festival begins May 15 PROVIDENCE – Now in its 11th year, the Southeast New England Film, Music & Arts Festival will run from May 15-18 at multiple venues in Rhode Island. The festival will showcase 127 films from filmmakers across the country and around the world, live music, and art exhibits. Over the course of the four-day festival, SENE will screen 17 short film programs featuring drama, comedy, ani- mated, documentary, LGBT, sci-fi, and horror programs. Included in these programs are 20 short films from local area filmmakers. Screenings will be held in the Columbus Theatre and Brooklyn Coffee House in Providence, the Jamestown Arts Center, and the Warwick Center for the Arts. Tickets to most film screen- ings and events are $10 and are available at the door. Passes are available for $25 which allow access to unlim- ited film programs during the festival. Visit www.senefest. com for complete program information.

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