Movie Diary 4/28/2016

The Family Fang (Jason Bateman, 2016). Two messed-up adults (Bateman and Nicole Kidman) contend with their bizarre childhood as sidekicks to performance-art parents (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett). Odd as the subject is, there’s not quite enough that’s distinctive about it all. (full review 4/29)

Captains of the Clouds (Michael Curtiz, 1942). Really peculiar film; the early part wants to be Only Angels Have Wings in Canada, then it shifts to WWII rallying cry as James Cagney (wound up as ever) and his bush pilot pals enlist in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Brenda Marshall is the woman who must be punished for her fun-loving ways, and Dennis Morgan is Mr. Dependable.

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