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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A QUIET PLACE PART II
ANOTHER ROUND
BINGEABLE: 100 FOOT WAVE (2021)
BINGEABLE: ABBOTT ELEMENTARY (2021-present)
BINGEABLE: ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL (2022)
BINGEABLE: BARRY (2018-present)
BINGEABLE: CASTLEVANIA (2017-2021)
BINGEABLE: CHEER (2020-present)
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG (2016-2019)
BINGEABLE: INVENTING ANNA (2022)
BINGEABLE: KUNG FU (2021)
BINGEABLE: LIFE & BETH (2022)
BINGEABLE: MAID (2021)
BINGEABLE: MIDNIGHT MASS (2021)
BINGEABLE: ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING (2021)
BINGEABLE: SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE (2022-)
BINGEABLE: SQUID GAME (2021)
BINGEABLE: STATION ELEVEN (2021)
BINGEABLE: SWEET TOOTH
BINGEABLE: TELL ME YOUR SECRETS (2021)
BINGEABLE: THE GREAT (2020-present)
BINGEABLE: THE THING ABOUT PAM (2022)
BINGEABLE: THE WOMAN IN THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE GIRL IN THE WINDOW (2022)
BINGEABLE: TOKYO VICE (2022)
BINGEABLE: UNDERCURRENT: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF KIM WALL (2022)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: COWBOY BEBOP (1998)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX (1999)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE SHOOTING (1966)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART (1990)
BOSS LEVEL
C’MON C’MON
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE
GUILTY PLEASURES: GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE
GUILTY PLEASURES: JOLT
HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM (1996)
I CARE A LOT
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
LICORICE PIZZA
NEW FLICKS: ANTLERS
NEW FLICKS: ARMY OF THIEVES
NEW FLICKS: CRUELLA
NEW FLICKS: DON’T LOOK UP
NEW FLICKS: ENCOUNTER
NEW FLICKS: FINCH
NEW FLICKS: FRESH
NEW FLICKS: I WANT YOU BACK
NEW FLICKS: KATE
NEW FLICKS: KIMI
NEW FLICKS: RED NOTICE
NEW FLICKS: RIDERS OF JUSTICE
NEW FLICKS: SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS
NEW FLICKS: THE FOREVER PRISONER (2021)
NEW FLICKS: THE NORTHMAN
NEW FLICKS: VIVARIUM
NINE DAYS
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS (2021)
PIG
SOUL
SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME
THE ADAM PROJECT
THE BATMAN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM (2019)
THE HARDER THEY FALL
THE LOST CITY
THE LOST DAUGHTER
THE MAP OF TINY PERFECT THINGS
THE NEW MUTANTS
THE PAPER TIGERS
THE POWER OF THE DOG
THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN
THE SUNLIT NIGHT
THE TENDER BAR
THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT
TV REVIEW: BATES MOTEL
TV REVIEW: DEFENDING JACOB
TV REVIEW: EXTERMINATE ALL THE BRUTES (2021)
TV REVIEW: HOMECOMING
TV REVIEW: HOW TO WITH JOHN WILSON
TV REVIEW: I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
TV REVIEW: I MAY DESTROY YOU
TV REVIEW: LENOX HILL
TV REVIEW: LITTLE AMERICA
TV REVIEW: MARE OF EASTTOWN
TV REVIEW: MRS. AMERICA
TV REVIEW: ONE MISSISSIPPI
TV REVIEW: PAINTING WITH JOHN (2021)
TV REVIEW: RAMY
TV REVIEW: RUN
TV REVIEW: SPACE FORCE
TV REVIEW: TABOO (2017)
TV REVIEW: TED LASSO (2020-present)
TV REVIEW: THE BOYS
TV REVIEW: THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD
TV REVIEW: THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
TV REVIEW: THE LAST KINGDOM
TV REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL
TV REVIEW: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
TV REVIEW: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
TV REVIEW: UNDONE
TV REVIEW: WARRIOR
TV REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
TV REVIEW: ZEROZEROZERO
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
UNDERRATED: THE KINGDOM (2007)
YOU WON’T BE ALONE

‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ is pure, joyous adrenaline with heart

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE

PHOTO BY , COURTESY OF AGBO, HOTDOG HANDS, AND LEY LINE ENTERTAINMENT

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE


Where is it playing?: Regal Edwards RPX Santa Maria, Regal Edwards Arroyo Grande

What's it rated?: R

What's it worth?: $Full price (Anna Starkey)

What's it worth?: $Full price (Glen Starkey)

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Where’s it showing? Co-writers/directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert helm this comedy action fantasy about aging Chinese immigrant Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh), who discovers she has the power to explore parallel universes and inhabit and learn from the lives she could have lived. With her newfound power and skills, she alone can save the endangered multiverse from Jobu Tupaki (Stephanie Hsu). (139 min.)

Glen: This joyous, batshit-crazy romp went beyond my high expectations. The movie’s buzz is absolutely well-deserved. Evelyn Wang is stressed to the max. Her business is being audited by the IRS, her lesbian daughter, Joy (Stephanie Hsu), is directionless, her husband (Ke Huy Quan) wants a divorce, and her very traditional and demanding father, Gong Gong (the great James Hong), is visiting from China and is expecting an amazing party. On top of that, Evelyn worries about how to introduce her daughter’s girlfriend, Becky (Tallie Medel), to her father, and then there’s Deirdre Beaubeirdra (Jamie Lee Curtis, chewing the scenery like a champ), the IRS agent who’s beyond fed up with Evelyn’s excuses and bookkeeping. Talk about a bad time to be called on to save the world! As she slowly wraps her head around her ability to move from one universe to the next, Evelyn begins to acquire the skills she’ll need to defeat Jobu Tupaki (also Stephanie Hsu), and if she’s lucky, maybe repair her damaged relationships with her husband and daughter.

Anna: This film is nothing short of brilliant. It evokes such tenderness juxtaposed with hilarity—just that perfect mix of everything, all at once. Yeoh plays the martyr who feels she sacrificed the possibility of a great life to move to America with her husband, soon to become trapped in a life she didn’t want—running a struggling laundromat with scant income and living in a cramped apartment, mother to a daughter she refuses to understand. When the allure of living the million different lives that could have been hers comes on too strong, she risks putting the whole multiverse into the dangerous path of Jobu Tupaki. What if she had said “no” to her mild-mannered (which reads to Evelyn as weak) beau when he asked to take her with him to America? What if she listened to her overbearing father who would rather die with his principles than admit to his own human error? Quan is wonderful as the sweet and patient husband, Waymond, as well as his more daring multiverse double, Alpha-Waymond. Evelyn takes his kind disposition for weakness, when in fact his demeanor is the only thing saving them from complete ruin. There are so many dynamics going on here, but I can’t stress this enough: It may look like a “weird” movie, and in many ways it is, but it’s weird in that wonderful way that doesn’t happen often. This film is one I’ll watch over and over again.

Glen: I certainly didn’t anticipate how deeply emotional the film would become. What starts as a madcap adventure turns into a sincere meditation on the meaning of life and prioritizing what’s truly important. It’s about acceptance of yourself and others. Yeoh anchors all the craziness with a steady, nuanced, and thoughtful performance. All her regrets, her what-ifs, her could’ve-beens are what makes her the perfect hero. Her utter averageness is the blank slate upon which the multiverse can create its masterpiece, and as Evelyn grapples with the realization that she and her daughter share more in common than she likes to admit, their weaknesses become their strengths. This is a reminder about how great movies can be when they’re willing to break out of Hollywood’s filmmaking-by-committee redundancy. What happens when you make a film with a taste of every film genre? This movie is your answer.

Anna: Not going to lie—I cried a bunch in this one. Evelyn is weighed down by her life. She’s Sisyphus pushing the boulder up the hill over and over. She sees so much of her potential wasted, lost, unfulfilled. She can’t connect with the people around her, yet she’s desperate for approval from those unwilling to grant it. The mother/daughter struggle really strikes a chord emotionally, as does the tightrope on which Evelyn’s marriage sits. She is paralyzed in her ideas of right and wrong, happiness and misery. Funny and sad and eventually hopeful, this film was a breath of fresh air for me—amusing and moving and wonderfully odd. I loved it.

New Times Senior Staff Writer Glen Starkey and freelancer Anna Starkey write Sun Screen. Glen compiles streaming listings. Comment at gstarkey@newtimesslo.com.










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What type of vegetable would you grow in a free community garden?

Brussel Sprouts, they are the best.
Broccoli because it can go with any meal.
Tomatoes, although I think those are technically a fruit.
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