Richard joins CP24 to have a look at new movies coming to VOD, streaming services and theatres. Today we talk about Aubrey Plaza in “Emily the Criminal,” the high stakes drama of “Fall” and the Rebecca Hall psychological thriller “Resurrection.”
I sit in on the CFRA Ottawa morning show with host Bill Carroll to talk the new movies coming to theatres including Aubrey Plaza in “Emily the Criminal,” the high stakes drama of “Fall,” the Rebecca Hall psychological thriller “Resurrection” and the animated “Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon.”
I join NewsTalk 1010 host David Cooper on the coast-to-coast-to-coast late night “Showgram” to play the game “Did Richard Crouse Like This?” This week we talk about Aubrey Plaza in “Emily the Criminal,” the high stakes drama of “Fall” and the animated “Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon.”
Watch Richard Crouse review three movies in less time than it takes to do the dishes! Have a look as he races against the clock to tell you about Aubrey Plaza in “Emily the Criminal,” the high stakes drama of “Fall” and the animated “Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon.”
“Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon,” a new animated film for kids from Peru, and now playing in theatres, has a lot going for it. There’s a very kid friendly run time of just over 80 minutes, some cool creatures and an Indigenous perspective. It’s a shame that much of that goodwill is undone by generic animation and storytelling.
The Amazonian village of Candamo is home to brave teen Ainbo (Lola Raie) and her best friend, the soon-to-be-crowned Princess Zumi (Naomi Serrano). The town, and its elders, like Atok (Rene Mujica), have grave concerns about the future of the home. It is a lush, beautiful world, but is endangered by exploitive developers and a failing ecosystem.
When two spirit animals, an armadillo named Dillo (Dino Andrade) and a tapir called Vaca (Joe Hernandez) visit Ainbo, they tell her the evil jungle spirits the Yacaruna, and their curse, can be defeated with a special root found only in the rainforest. The info sets her off on a quest to save the only home she’s ever known. Her friends may have given up oin the traditional ways, but her belief in the Yacaruna keeps her moving forward.
You may get a slight sense of déjà vu while watching “Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon.” The spirited animated movie owes a debt to “The Lion King” with an homage to “FernGully: The Last Rainforest” thrown in for good measure.
Action packed with a plucky female lead, the adventures are sometimes too frenetic and the messages that drive the action are perplexing—what is the biggest threat to the village; man, myth or a worsening ecosystem?—but while it may be familiar thematically, the movie’s good-natured feel makes it feel less like a knock-off or direct-to-DVD flick.