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It’s that time of the week again, time for Patty’s Picks!

Entertainment Expert Patty Spitler joined us Friday on “Life. Style. Live!” with a look at a couple of movies hitting theaters today.

“Brian and Charles” 

The first one is kind of kooky, nutty and bizarre, and yes, it’s a comedy. It’s a British film exploring loneliness, friendship and never giving up. “Brian and Charles” is about an inventor named Brian. His inventions seldom work, but he never gives up. Finding himself very lonely, he decided to make a robot. 

Now, whoaa, he has created a robot who acts, thinks and talks like a human, except he has a washing machine for a stomach and loves cabbages. So, it turns out to be a buddy movie between a man and a robot. The lead actors, David Earl and Chris Hayward are a real-life comedy team on stage who turned this into a film.

Runs: 1 hr 30 minutes

Rating: PG, some mild violence and smoking

Limited release, so check your theaters


Next up, is a long-awaited animation prequel to a film franchise many young adults grew up on. The first “Toy Story” came out in 1995. Now comes, “Lightyear,” the story of a young Buzz Lightyear and all the coping and confusion he had to face in his youth. The film was started in 2016, and of course, the COVID curse didn’t help production.  

There is always controversy, right? Some people, fans and stars are complaining that Tim Allen was the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the last four movies and was not chosen as the voice of the character for this one. Instead, it’s Chris Evans. Tim Allen has said nothing. Oops, guess that’s showbiz. Also, there is a buzz that says a kiss between a same-sex gal couple is not necessary and detracts from the film’s message.

Patty gives “Lightyear” 2.5 out of 5 stars.

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It’s Friday! This means it’s time for “Patty’s Picks,” and our entertainment contributor Patty Spitler joined us today with a look at three movies opening today.

“Deep Water”

The tag line for this movie is, “A love story is never the whole story.”

Ben Affleck stars as a man who lets his wife have numerous lovers, so long as they don’t get a messy divorce.

It’s directed by Adrian Lyne who gave us “Fatal Attraction,” “Indecent Proposal” and “9 1/2 Weeks.”

Rating: Rated R for sexual situations, some nudity and violence and is streaming on Hulu.

Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes


Sandra Oh stars in “Umma,” where a Korean/American woman is haunted by the ghost of her dead mother and worried that she will become like her mom. This horror movie deals with guilt and mental health issues too.

Rating: Rated R

Runtime: 83 minutes

“The Torch: Buddy Guy”

He wants to pass his wisdom to the next generation and pass the torch, so to speak. Some say he’s the best blues musician of all time.

Buddy Guy is still touring and performing at age 85! This documentary was shown at the Chicago Film festival in 2019, then shelved due to the pandemic.

Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes