The Bell Breakdown for your Feb. 19 weekend

Posted at 11:57 AM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 17:57:23-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — If you're looking for a new movie to watch, we have some options!

Film critic Josh Bell has two pics for you including one you can watch with the kids!

The top pick this week is the family-friendly superhero origin story "Flora and Ulysses," now streaming on Disney+. Based on the illustrated novel by Kate DiCamillo and K.G. Campbell, "Flora and Ulysses" tells the story of 10-year-old Flora (played by Matilda Lawler) and her squirrel best friend Ulysses. Flora rescues Ulysses from a vacuum cleaner and becomes convinced that he's now a superhero. While helping Ulysses explore his newfound powers and keeping him away from a vengeful animal control agent, Flora also attempts to reunite her estranged parents, played by Alyson Hannigan and Ben Schwartz. "Flora and Ulysses" is full of clever references to superheroes and comic books, with some funny running jokes. Those cute touches are entertaining, but what makes "Flora & Ulysses" work is its upbeat but never sappy tone of family togetherness. That's "Flora and Ulysses", now on Disney+.

Definitely not for kids is the cynical crime caper "I Care a Lot," now streaming on Netflix. Rosamund Pike plays Marla Grayson, a sociopathic grifter who manipulates the legal system into granting her guardianship over senior citizens. She then sticks her clients in nursing homes and drains all of their assets. Marla's latest victim turns out to be the mother of a dangerous crime boss (played by Peter Dinklage), who is very protective of his mom. The movie turns into a battle between two terrible people, with a committed performance from Rosamund Pike and some sharp, witty dialogue. It's unapologetically nasty, but mostly in a fun way. That's "I Care a Lot", now on Netflix.