BEING THE RICARDOS – Review by T.J. Callahan

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LoooCeee, you have some splainin to do about what really went on backstage at the I Love Lucy Show in Being the Ricardos. Writer/director, Aaron Sorkin of The West Wing and A Few Good Men fame, makes sure we can handle the truth about the beloved comedienne and her tumultuous relationship with her Cuban band leader husband. Sorkin puts us on the set and behind the scenes during one hectic week of filming in the E! True Hollywood Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Nicole Kidman does right by the redhead, but she’s more the real Lucille than the zany Lucy. Javier Bardem perfects Desi’s larger than life personality. But it’s J.K. Simmons as William Frawley and Nina Aranda as Vivian Vance who steal their scenes. Don’t watch if you are expecting Lucy & Ricky & Ethel & Fred. It’s Being the Ricardos, not an I Love Lucy reenactment. For what is worth, daughter Lucie Arnaz gives the film of her family’s two thumbs up, but MY Ricky gives Being the Ricardos two eyes shut. He slept through the whole movie. I liked it though, even if I didn’t really learn anything new. In theaters now and on Amazon Prime December 21st

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T. J. Callahan

Texas Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the Marconi Award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT in Houston to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for Houston Radio Platinum and 101 Gold , Southern New Mexico's favorite radio station. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and The Sam Malone Show on KNTH in Houston. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her Friday and Saturdays on and on Friday afternoons on the Leslie T. Travis Show on KVLC FM in Las Cruces. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association and the Houston Film Critics Society. She truly believes everything in life is one degree of Blazing Saddles.