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Ginsberg and Jenkins top our picks for this week

Posted 9/30/20

Ginsberg and Jenkins top our picks for this week "e;On the Basis of Sex,"e; a terrific movie about the life of Justice Ginsburg, is playing at the Warwick Showcase, while the equally terrific documentary "e;RBG"e; is being streamed on television. We highly

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Ginsberg and Jenkins top our picks for this week

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“On the Basis of Sex,” a terrific movie about the life of Justice Ginsburg, is playing at the Warwick Showcase, while the equally terrific documentary “RBG” is being streamed on television. We highly recommend both.

KAJILLIONAIRE

***

(Bizarre, poignant tale of dysfunctional family)

Rhode Island’s own Richard Jenkins stars in this independent movie that has been a big hit at many film festivals.

Jenkins plays Robert Dyne, patriarch of a scam trio, which also includes his wife Theresa (Debra Winger) and twenty-something daughter Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood).

The three live in an empty office adjacent to Bubbles Inc., a factory that sends pink bubbles over their wall.

Behind on their rent and living from one small scam to the next, they join up with Melanie (Gina Rodriguez), an unlikely young woman, and scam an airline out of some big bucks.

The introverted and easily influenced Old Dolio has never met anyone like Melanie, who helps her break out of her shell.

While the movie is about this odd family and their bizarre lifestyle, it is also about how parents can mold their child into their way of living and thinking.

The acting is great, even if you may not always like the characters and their actions.

One thing is for sure – you will never see a movie quite like it.

Rated R for profanity and some sexual references.

THE LAST SHIFT

***½

(A tale of two losers)

Richard Jenkins is fantastic in his portrayal of Stan, a high school dropout who has spent his life as night manager in a seedy hamburger joint for little pay and no hope of ever advancing.

He decides to retire and drive to Florida to rescue his mother from a nursing home.

Before he leaves, he must train his replacement, a young parolee who needs the job to meet his parole requirements.

Stan tries to teach the cocky young man some responsibility, teamwork and respect, but he proves to be an ineffective role model.

The relationship builds, but along the way hints of racism show their ugly heads.

There is a mugging and money is missing, and the situation becomes complicated.

The movie has a poignant and realistic way of showing the many obstacles thrown in the way of two people from different but challenging backgrounds.

And there isn’t always a rainbow at the end.

Rated PG-13 with some profanity.

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