‘Sing’ hits the notes kids like, while ‘Insecure’ and ‘Master of None’ are unexpected gems: DVDs

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In a sense, these are fish-out-of-water stories, but told from different perspectives and with verve. Writer and actress Issa Rae, who grew up in South Central Los Angeles, used elements of her own life for “Insecure,” which is about a black woman who feels somewhat unsure in the mostly white world she works in but is also uncomfortable when she goes back home. “Master” stars Aziz Ansari and the series is loosely inspired by the Indian-American actor-comedian’s own life. ‘Insecure’ and ‘Master of None’HBO’s “Insecure” and Netflix’s “Master of None” are two terrific sitcoms and two reasons why television has become so much more adventurous than film.

It’s essentially time-travel, action, violence and a waste of a good cast, including Michael Fassbinder, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling and Michael Kenneth Williams.‘Miss Sloane’Jessica Chastain plays an unlikable Washington lobbyist in the political thriller “Miss Sloane.” The film from John Madden with a screenplay by Jonathan Perera undercuts itself too often to keep up the tension as Chastain’s character takes an unexpectedly principled stand, but the actress is worth watching throughout. ‘Assassin’s Creed’“Assassin’s Creed,” directed by Justin Kurzel and based on the popular video game, would be baffling if you cared.
“Julieta” is a thoughtful, measured portrait of a woman — if not in crisis — in a sea of uncertainty. We see the younger Julieta taking an unexpected detour for love and then another one because of tragedy. The titular character is played by Adriana Ugarte as a young woman and in Emma Suárez when older. After being introduced to the older Julieta, the story — based on three Alice Munro short stories — takes a chronological journey. Perhaps not one of Almodóvar’s great works but in the upper echelon. All of this impacts the woman she becomes. ‘Julieta’Pedro Almodóvar’s latest movie, “Julieta,” is a melodrama about a middle-aged woman who reminisces about her past as she ponders what to do with her life.
NEW FILMSSingAssassin’s CreedLive by NightMiss SloaneJulietaFire at SeaA Kind of MurderBakery in BrooklynIn Dubious BattleTELEVISIONInsecure: Season OneMaster of None: Season OneWolf Creek: Season One
It’s not a kids’ song. The animated “Sing” is as calculated as you can get, but it works if you’re trying to entertain young kids — although parents might get sugar shock in the process. The story involves a singing contest. Voice talent includes a couple of Oscar winners — Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon — although McConaughey doesn’t sing. The premise is simple — a bunch of cute animals sing jukebox hits. Songs include “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “Under Pressure,” “Don’t You Worry ‘bout a Thing,” and for some reason the umpteenth version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Doesn’t anybody listen to the lyrics?