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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-09-2019

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION | MAY 8-14, 2019 ENTERTAINMENT 5 'Long Shot' is smart and funny ★★★★ 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 jug- gernaut. Opting for a good comedy over an animated kids' movie that looked dead on arrival, and Dennis Quaid's creepy movie, I checked out "Long Shot." This was definitely the best choice and it proved to be well worth my time and I will happily recommend it. "Long Shot" is being heavily mar- keted 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 synonymous for playing TV's slimiest lawyer Saul on both "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul." Here, he is an ex-actor who played the president 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 nomination and hires a witty, sarcastic writer from a small Brooklyn independent newspaper to juice up her speeches since the pub- lic views her as not very humorous. Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) as it turns out has a history with Charlotte as she use to babysit him. Fred immediately dives head- long into his job but at the same time begins falling hard for her. Charlotte's staff are wary of the feel- ings 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 playing off of Rogen's far more experienced comedy background. 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 politicians, the personal sacri- fices they make, and how the optics of a situation can reflect negatively or positively and that no decision is made without all this scrutiny. 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 something and you find yourself cheering for her and wishing that such honesty was actu- ally exhibited in reality. Andy Serkis puts in a great per- formance as Parker Wembley, the CEO of a cable news chan- nel. 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 Dining Guide Brunch 1874 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI (401) 353-7110 M ot h e r ' s Day May 12th 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $32.95 Adults $12.50 Children under 12 wood oven pizza & Bar Fresh Fruit Salad Assorted Pastries & Desserts Baked Atlantic Haddock with Ritz cracker crumb topping Wood Oven Roasted Pork Loin with Cranberry Chutney Roast Beef Carving Station Baked Ham Carving Station Wood Oven Roasted Chicken with Lemon, Rosemary Honey Chicken Marsala Baked Penne Ala Vodka Pasta Primavera The Fire's Signature Meatballs Pizza & Calzone Station Old Bay Peel & Eat Shrimp Garden Salad Roasted Potatoes & Rice Pilaf Assorted Vegetables Wood Oven Baked House Rolls Scrambled Eggs Baked Cinnamon French Toast Omelette Station Bacon Sausage Peppers & Onions Regular Menu Service Available 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. PINELLISRI.COM LOBSTER • STEAMERS • CHOWDER SHRIMP COCKTAIL • FISHERMAN'S PLATTER LINGUINE & CLAM SAUCE & much much more! PINELLI'S RESTAURANT & BAR 1035 DOUGLAS AVENUE, PROVIDENCE, RI (401) 228-7000 PINELLISRI.COM Moving to Tuesdays beginning Memorial Day Weekend $14.95 ALL YOU CAN EAT Family Style Chicken Dinner Every Sunday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Salad, Pasta, French Fries & Oven Roasted Chicken MANGIA! MANGIA! All in favor of Summer Seafood Specials Raise Your Hand. Make Your Mother's Day Reservation Today! P's DELI COMING SOON! Prepared Foods • Sandwiches • Seafood & more Summertime Seafood Feast begins Wednesday, May 8th!

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