‘Easter Sunday’ offers something new, but a distracting plot thread meanders through this holiday.

“Easter Sunday” (2022) – How do you celebrate Easter Sunday?  Perhaps you don’t celebrate it at all.  For Joe Valencia (Jo Koy), this year, he drives from Los Angeles to Daly City, Calif. to spend the holiday with his family.  This 50-something standup comedian doesn’t trek up to Northern Cal very often because he’s regularly bustling through a hectic schedule of performing live and starring in commercials.  At the moment, Joe is trying out for a sitcom and hopes this could be his big break.  In addition, to running the…

‘Bullet Train’ isn’t a wreck, but this movie needed to pump the brakes.

“Bullet Train” (2022) – “There’s nothing simple about this job.” – Ladybug (Brad Pitt) Despite his nickname, Ladybug doesn’t feel lucky.  Actually, it’s his codename.  Our slim 50-something – who sports spectacles and a bucket hat – is an assassin for hire, so peril is sure to follow his misfortune. In director David Leitch’s (“Atomic Blonde” (2017), “Deadpool 2” (2018)) latest action flick, Ladybug boards a high-speed train in Tokyo – bound for Kyoto – and his only job is to steal an aluminum briefcase with a small sticker.  The…

‘Vengeance’: Novak lassoes several cinematic targets

“Vengeance” (2022) – “So, as like a personal boundary, I don’t avenge deaths.” – Ben Manalowitz (B.J. Novak) When we first meet, Ben Manalowitz, a 30-something writer for The New Yorker, he chats with one of his buddies at a New York City get-together.  These two single dudes commit a solid five minutes of screen time bantering about their eternal commitments to not forge commitments with their various trysts, dates, and temporary partners.  They quickly volley back and forth, and it’s a bit dizzying to recall all the details.  However,…