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There’s no question mark in the title of “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” (2019) and yet it’s asking us all something very important. What’s the difference between eccentric and crazy? The answer is a little too pat – the eccentric must be productively creative to keep from becoming menacingly crazy – and awkwardly told. We’re dealing with a rather serious issue and yet there’s a lot of uncomfortably wacky hijinks pitting protagonist Cate Blanchett against neighborhood ubermom Kristin Wiig. And some of the dialogue is a little over-the-top, even for a crazy person. And there’s an I-can’t-quite-place-it unlikability about Blanchett’s husband, Billy Crudup.

When it comes to World War II movies, there isn’t a lot of new ground to cover. So, purely for novelty’s sake, “The Monuments Men” (2014) is worth watching. The story of an American military unit tasked with saving precious European artwork from the Nazis and/or Soviets isn’t anything John Wayne ever starred in (at least not that I know of). It’s a George Clooney movie. He brings along buddy Matt Damon and fills out the cast with a bunch of other familiar names (Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Bill Murray, etc.). It’s good, solid, earnest, predictable. Worthy of the genre.

If you’re under a lot of stress and looking for a movie that will take your cares away for a bit, don’t watch “Blue Jasmine” (2013). Not that it’s a bad movie. Cate Blanchett gets amazingly lost in the role of a Manhattan socialite who gets amazingly lost in her Madoffeqsue husband’s fall from grace. You feel the walls close in on her. But, maybe, close in on you, too. (Note: Half the film takes place in San Francisco, but all the San Franciscans sound as though they’ve never stepped off Staten Island. You’ll have to ignore that little detail.)