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“Don’t Worry Honey”

In theaters

Anderson Templeton

“Don’t Worry Darling” is the latest psychological thriller to hit the big screen. Directed by Olivia Wilde (“Booksmart”), ‘Don’t Worry Darling’, set in the 1950s, dives into mildly experimental territory as we follow newlywed Alice – performed with unflinching expertise and commitment. absolute by Florence Pugh – as she lives a luxurious life as a housewife in a utopian housing community called Victory. The town was created for the families of men who work on a top-secret project led by the enigmatic Frank (Chris Pine).

It’s a merry-go-round type film, where you go up and experience what our protagonist goes through emotionally, as she discovers things that make her wonder what men really do for The Victory Project, shown using sensory pops of disturbing sights and sounds. There’s a moment when Alice is breaking some eggs, and with each egg you hear a series of crackles, each starting faintly one after the other, cascading around you as each crackle is assigned to a different speaker, which gives an eerie surround sound crackling effect, it makes the moment feel a bit surreal, which is exactly how our protagonist feels when she discovers that every egg is completely empty.

It’s pretty cool cinema.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

I was worried this movie would fall flat, due to low reviews, but I really enjoyed the ride and always love a good mystery.

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“Children of the Railway”

In theaters

Alexa Chipman

This long-awaited sequel to the classic film “The Railway Children” (1970) brings back Jenny Agutter as “Bobbie”, who now lives comfortably in the countryside. At the height of World War II, she takes in three evacuee children fleeing London air raids.

While playing at the train station, the youngsters meet Abe (Kenneth Aikens), a young soldier in distress. He must find a safe way to return home to New York, after being the target of racist attacks, and the resulting shenanigans make up most of the story.

I don’t know what the target audience is for this movie, directed by Morgan Matthews (“A Brilliant Young Mind”), because it’s too intense and drama-driven for kids, but not well-written enough to be aimed at adults. . Maybe it’s for young teens who can handle the subject, but aren’t as concerned about storyline issues and historical accuracy?

There were several families watching it at the cinema when I made it, and halfway through the kids were running around the seats playing tag because the movie failed to capture their attention.

I couldn’t really blame them.

The plot has more holes than a cheese grater, and I think the historical research was generated by an intern who Googled “WWII” for an hour.

Still, “Railway Children,” released in the UK as “The Railway Children Return,” has a fleeting charm, showing a sort of lost innocence. We watch young stars realize that brave soldiers they almost idolize are brutalized simply because they look different. There is a particularly gruesome scene as a member of the military police beats a man for daring to walk with a white woman down the main street. She screams for help, but everyone just turns away, not wanting to get involved.

While I suggest this movie isn’t worth hitting the theaters, keep an eye out for streaming, as there are some elements that I found compelling.

Unlike the original, this isn’t family-friendly, but if your kids are older and ready to contemplate the hard truths about racial violence, this is a great place to start that conversation.

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