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Taika Waititi lacerates Nazism with goofball humor in Jojo Rabbit

Taika Waititi lacerates Nazism with goofball humor in Jojo Rabbit

True, it’s not 100 percent original in its slapstick depiction of Hitler and his minions; Charlie Chaplin got there first, followed by The Producers and Hogan’s Heroes and quite a few more. And it does skim lightly over the enormity of human suffering at the hands of the Third Reich and its enablers. But grappling with such tragedy head-on is the work of a different genre of filmmaking. Jojo Rabbit revels in heaping scorn on the perpetrators, and I haven’t laughed this loudly at a movie in a long time.

The Laundromat deftly employs dark humor in a socioeconomic call to action

The Laundromat deftly employs dark humor in a socioeconomic call to action

Meryl Streep plays Ellen Martin, the fictionalized widow of one of the victims of the 2005 wreck of the tour boat Ethan Allen on Lake George. Her insurance claim falls through the holes in a multileveled net of phony corporations that have bought one another out to a point where there’s no accountability left, and mild-mannered Ellen gets ticked off enough to pursue the perpetrators with increasingly singleminded purpose.

In Gloria Bell, Julianne Moore proves reason enough for a remake

In Gloria Bell, Julianne Moore proves reason enough for a remake

Julianne Moore (shown above with SUNY-New Paltz graduate John Turturro) found herself blown away by Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s much-awarded 2013 film Gloria, and in particular by Paulina García’s terrific performance in the title role of a long-divorced woman putting a toe back in the dating waters. It was a part that Moore wished she could have played herself. So she did something audacious: called Lelio up and asked him to do an English-language remake of the movie, set in the US, with Moore herself playing Gloria.