The superpowers of Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and SABER astronaut Monica Rambeau become mysteriously intertwined in the action opus “The Marvels.” Brie Larson, Iman Vellani and Teyonah Parris play the potent trio who are forced to work together to save the destabilized universe. “The Marvels” is silly stuff, incorporating wacky humor along with the nonstop action. It’s an adequate time waster for fans, but this mid-level Marvel entry ain’t marvelous.
The story of the birth of Jesus gets a flashy musical treatment in “Journey to Bethlehem.” Fiona Polomo plays the Virgin Mary and Antonio Bandares pops up as the evil King Herod in this lively and inoffensive adaptation that should appeal to the faithful. While it lacks the gravitas of classic movie adaptations of the Biblical story, it’s a melodic and well-sung variation that steers clear of controversy.
Awkwafina and Sandra Oh play estranged sisters in the goofy Hulu farce, “Quiz Lady.” Awkwafina plays a brilliant but repressed office worker whose irresponsible sister pushes her to appear on a TV game show. While there really isn’t a realistic moment in this bumpy and broad comedy, it still manages to win more than its share of laughs thanks to a game cast.
The life of the brilliant and eccentric comedian Albert Brooks gets the documentary treatment from filmmaker Rob Reiner in the often hilarious Max offering, “Albert Brooks: Defending My Life,” This interview and overview is as entertaining as it is informative, providing a real appreciation for Brooks’ offbeat and eclectic career as a standup comic, writer, director and actor. If you weren’t a fan before, this movie just might change your mind.