Freeze Frame: “Coming 2 America” (PG-13), “Raya and the Last Dragon” (PG), “I Care a Lot” (R)

It’s been 33 years since Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall teamed up for the memorable comedy, “Coming to America.” They join forces once again in “Coming 2 America.” Newly crowned King Akeem of Zamunda, played by Murphy, returns to America when he learns he’s got an illegitimate son living in Queens who is the rightful heir to the throne. There’s plenty elaborate makeup and splendiferous costumes to go along with the broad and goofy gags. While it doesn’t all work, those with fond recollections of the original will find “Coming 2 America” worth the return trip.


There’s a lot of heart to go along with a wealth of Disney magic in the new animated action fantasy, “Raya and the Last Dragon.” Set in a fictional Southeast Asian country, “Raya and the Last Dragon” tells the tale of a teenage warrior who goes on a quest to gather some magical gemstones and revive an enchanted dragon in order to save her country from destructive monsters. Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina lead the voice cast in this stunner that works both as a ripping adventure tale as well as an emotionally satisfying fable. Plus, it embraces female empowerment and diversity. “Raya and the Last Dragon” is another gem in the Disney canon.


There isn’t a single redeeming character in the darkly cynical comedy, “I Care a Lot.” Rosamund Pike gives a Golden Globe-winning performance as Marla, a professional guardian who is appointed by courts to oversee the care of elderly citizens. But Marla effectively drains them of all their assets. Things get complicated when she takes advantage of the mom of a ruthless gangster. It’s unnerving to watch as you hope that each character gets their comeuppance. Still, “I Care a Lot” is a sharp takedown of our warped system of elder care.


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