You’ll feel “all shook up,” but ‘Elvis’ could have used “a little less conversation.” Maybe a lot less.

“Elvis” (2022) – Elvis Aaron Presley.  The King of Rock and Roll. He shook his hips and “rattled and rolled” to Earth-shattering success in the 1950s.  He coped with some career dips, but The King “couldn’t help falling in love” with new triumphs – beginning in 1969 – in Las Vegas.  He sold millions of records and inspired worldwide audiences, and his towering, legendary mark remains Herculean, even 45 years after his death, Aug. 16, 1977 at just 42.  Fearless filmmaker Baz Luhrmann – who embraces bold, boisterous projects like…

‘The Black Phone’ is a dialed-in horror flick

“The Black Phone” (2022) – A parent’s worst nightmare. A kid’s worst nightmare too. Director Scott Derrickson’s “The Black Phone” is a child abduction movie, and this 102-minute horror film will sometimes snatch your breath.  Rather than portray the story as a straight-up thriller with a sinister creep’s evident dangers versus a young hero’s tangible devices for escape, somewhere in the second act, “The Black Phone” departs from pragmatism and enters other startling spaces.  Derrickson and writer Robert Cargill’s screenplay dramatically turns and feels like a Stephen King adaptation, especially…

‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ has some rough spots, but Raiff and Johnson enjoy lovely, effortless chemistry

“Cha Cha Real Smooth” (2022) – Andrew is lost. He’s lost in New Jersey, and specifically, Livingston.  Not literally, because Andrew (Cooper Raiff) leans on his smartphone as a baby kitten relies on its mother, so he’s familiar with Google Maps. No, this 22-year-old Donnie Osmond lookalike is more than a smidge stumped about his life’s next steps.  Having just graduated with a marketing degree from Tulane University, Andrew didn’t ride the Green Wave towards an impressive corporate profession.  His soon-to-be ex-girlfriend Maya (Amara Pedroso) asks the principal question:  “What…