‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ serves up laughs and social media warnings

“Ron’s Gone Wrong” (2021) – “I was watching ‘Her’ by Spike Jonze, and I thought, ‘I need to make a version of this movie for my 3-year-old who’s getting lost in the iPad,’” co-director/co-writer Sarah Smith says in an Oct. 15, 2021 interview with Cinemark. Smith, along with co-directors Jean-Philippe Vine and Octavio E. Rodriguez, made a film, and thankfully, they did not feature toddlers as their lead and supporting characters. Whew!  Instead, their movie is a middle-school animated adventure, and our hero is Barney Pudowski (Jack Dylan Grazer). He’s…

‘Mass’ bravely dives into deep, emotional places in one confined space

“Mass” – Here’s my best advice to approach “Mass”, writer/director Fran Kranz’s first film.  Don’t watch the trailer. This gripping, conversational drama is almost entirely set in one location.  The four main characters confront a painful, deeply personal topic, one that has haunted them for years, but don’t ask a friend, sibling, your local movie critic, or the Internet the key matter that Jay (Jason Isaacs), Gail (Martha Plimpton), Linda (Ann Dowd), and Richard (Reed Birney) debate.  During an Oct. 10 interview with Collider, Kranz says, “Look, it has been…

‘Warrior Spirit’: This initially straightforward doc turns into an ominous, cautionary tale

“Warrior Spirit” – Nicco Montano is a woman of firsts.  At 28 years young, on Dec. 1, 2017, she won the UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship.  On that day, she became that division’s premiere female UFC champion and the organization’s first Native titleholder. Wow. In the documentary “Warrior Spirit”, Nicco – an admirable, inspirational role model with Navajo roots – arrives at her alma mater, Chinle High School in Chinle, Ariz., and speaks at the 2018 graduation ceremony.  Students, parents, and teachers give her a rock-star welcome, and she reciprocates. “Thank…