THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK, directed by John Mitchell (no, not Martha's late husband) and Jeremy Kipp Walker, with a screenplay by Mr. Mitchell. From the Netflix description alone, you might just stick this one on your to-see list. That would be a good thing because the movie itself is so enchanting and endearing in its simple, storybook manner that, if you love tall tales and movies done with a tiny budget and major talent, you can't go wrong.
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Soon, he is joined by a second alien named Kevin, sent as a follow-up plan to make certain the
Nils d'Aulaire, at left) and the rotund and comic Kevin (Jay Klaitz, below) to the lovely girls in their lives Julie Anne Emery, April L. Hernandez and Onota Aprile (yes, Maisie from What Maisie Knew!) -- so that the combo of writing, directing and acting joins forces to create something just about perfect. Keeping all the balls in the air -- and everyone concerned on the same page (to mix some metaphors) -- is never easy in a film in which so much depends on precisely the right tone. But everyone here manages to carry it off beautifully. So much so, in fact, that rather soon after the film starts, you simply relax into its oddness, lean back and enjoy.
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