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“Ray Donovan: The Movie” (+ + +) is the final installment of the American crime drama series Ray Donovan, with a great performance by Liev Schreiber as Donovan. In February 2020, Showtime canceled the series after seven seasons. The movie does a great job of answering open questions left by the series, much more so than the “Many Saints of Newark” did for the TV series The Sopranos. Donavan is a professional “fixer.” He uses bribes, payoffs, threats, and other illegal activities to protect his Hollywood celebrity clients. He has a very challenging relationship with his father, which helps to explain his chosen profession as well as his brooding and often violent personality. Like that of the Tony Soprano character, Donovan’s family life is full of drama.


“Being the Ricardos” (+ +) is about one week in the life of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, whose sitcom I Love Lucy aired on CBS for six years from 1951 to 1957. It was the most-watched show in the US in four of its six seasons. Their company Desilu Productions also produced The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible, and Star Trek. However, their marriage was tumultuous, and they split in 1960. They managed their business much better than their marriage. Ironically, Lucy was falsely accused of being a communist even though she was married to Desi, who was a fierce anti-Marxist after communists forced his aristocratic family to flee Cuba. Nicole Kidman is great as Lucy; her performance should earn her an Oscar nomination. Javier Bardem does a good job of playing Desi.

“King Richard” (+) is a biopic about Richard Williams, the father of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams. He recognized his daughters’ potential for tennis greatness when they were in their teens. He trained them and mapped out a plan for their success. That included moving the family from Compton, California, where the girls trained on a public tennis court, to Florida to train with a top coach to sharpen their skills. Along the way, Williams defied convention, insisting that his daughters skip playing in the juniors and go straight to the pros, once they were old enough and ready to do so. He wanted them to enjoy their childhood. In many ways, the Williams’ family story is the classic tale of the American Dream. Venus and Serena served as executive producers of the film, which stars Will Smith in the title role.

“Ray Donovan: The Movie” (+ + +) is the final installment of the American crime drama series Ray Donovan, with a great performance by Liev Schreiber as Donovan. In February 2020, Showtime canceled the series after seven seasons. The movie does a great job of answering open questions left by the series, much more so than the “Many Saints of Newark” did for the TV series The Sopranos. Donavan is a professional “fixer.” He uses bribes, payoffs, threats, and other illegal activities to protect his Hollywood celebrity clients. He has a very challenging relationship with his father, which helps to explain his chosen profession as well as his brooding and often violent personality. Like that of the Tony Soprano character, Donovan’s family life is full of drama.