On-Air Reviews of ‘On the Rocks’ & ‘A Call to Spy’

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Rating: 4.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on October 1st, 2020, reviewing the new films On the Rocks” (In select theaters October 2nd and on AppleTV+ starting October 23rd.) and “A Call to Spy” (In theaters & Video-On-Demand).

On the Rocks Sofia Coppola writes and directs this simple tale of a late-thirty-something writer named Laura (Rashida Jones) who is also a stay at home Mom. Her hard-charging husband Dean (Marlon Wayans) is spending more time at the office, and Laura begins to suspect he’s having an affair with a co-worker. Her doting but similarly hard-charging father Felix (Bill Murray) is going to help her find out if the affair is true. This is a relationship and character comedy, with Laura and her Dad finding out more about their approaches to life than anything having to do with the marriage. 4/5 stars.

On the Rocks
Photo credit: A24/AppleTV+

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.5/5.0
Rating: 3.5/5.0

A Call to Spy This is a based-on-real-events World War II story from the British side and the early days of the conflict, focusing on how they built their spy program. When France falls to the Nazis, Winston Churchill calls upon British intelligence to plant spies to aid the resistance. It is determined that women would be more effective in infiltration, so Virginia (Sarah Megan Thomas) and expert wireless operator Noor (Radhika Apte) are recruited by the no-nonsense facilitator Vera Atkins (Stana Katic). Directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher. 3.5/5 stars.

A Call to Spy
Photo credit: IFC Films

Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com reviews “On the Rocks” and “A Call to Spy” during the Scott Thompson Show on WBGR-FM, Monroe, Wisconsin, October 1st, 2020 …

“On the Rocks” is in select theaters October 2nd and on AppleTV+ starting October 23rd. See local and online listings. Featuring Bill Murray, Rashida Jones, Marlon Wayans, Jenny Slate and Barbara Bain. Written and directed by Sofia Coppola. Rated “R.” “A Call to Spy” is opening in theaters and through Video-On-Demand on October 2nd. Featuring Sarah Megan Thomas, Radhika Apte, Stana Katic and Linus Roache. Written by Sarah Megan Thomas. Directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher. Rated “PG-13”

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