‘Percy Jackson’ returns, Timothee Chalamet shines in ‘Wonka’

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‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ coming to Disney+

Producers Jonathan Steinberg and Dan Shotz discovered early on “Percy Jackson” wasn’t just any franchise.

In addition to a series of books, it spawned several films and a Broadway musical.

To adapt it for television, they needed a higher sense of awareness.

“We spoke to some people who had done this before and I think there was a part of me that hoped there was a secret answer,” Steinberg says. “But it became clear quickly that there was not. You really don’t know what you’re going to get until you’re in front of a camera shooting scenes.”

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Movie review: Timothee Chalamet adds to Gene Wilder’s legacy in ‘Wonka’

There’s an awful lot of magic that goes into a Willy Wonka delicacy. And even though others are eager to take him down, he has a way of staying afloat.

That’s what we learn in “Wonka,” a lavish look at the early years of the candy man.

Played by Timothee Chalamet (a great choice), he’s determined to become one of the big chocolatiers. Others, though, are eager to take him down. They have a corner on the market and don’t want this man who can make people fly cutting in on their business.

They conspire and, soon, it’s a battle between good and evil.

Read the full review from critic Bruce Miller:

REVIEW: Timothee Chalamet makes 'Wonka' sing

Movie review: Jeffrey Wright a torn writer in ‘American Fiction’

Unemployed actors turn to YouTube to get screen time. But writers? Where do they go if the book deals aren’t coming in?

That’s the dilemma Thelonious “Monk” Ellison faces in “American Fiction,” when his novels tank and his teaching career is at a standstill. At a book fair, he notices who draws the crowd: a street-heavy story called “We’s Lives in Da Ghetto.”

The author is someone with a prestigious background, not a tough life in the inner city. Does he sell out and follow her lead? Or does he rail against stereotypes and plot a different course?

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DVD review: Daniel Radcliffe stars in biopic parody ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’ 

If you don’t have access to Roku, you probably missed the offbeat screen biography of Weird Al Yankovic.

A parody of biopics, “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” gives Daniel Radcliffe a role no one must have thought he could play.

But, darn, if he doesn’t make it work. Approaching the parodist’s career with great gusto, he gets buy-in and helps sell “Weird” like a salesman peddling accordions door-to-door.

Read the full review from critic Bruce Miller:

DVD REVIEW: 'Weird' gives Al Yankovic -- and Daniel Radcliffe -- plenty of cred

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