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Kenan Thompson is one of the best cast members “Saturday Night Live” has ever had. It’s not his first ensemble sketch comedy. He starred as a kid on “All That,” which Nickelodeon spun into “Kenan & Kel” with Kel Mitchell. That TV show was so successful it spawned “Good Burger” (1997) where Kenan and Kel are part of a ragtag team of workers at a fast-food restaurant. The dopey plot is pure Nickelodeon sitcom junk food, but watching these two 19-year-olds trade snappy banter makes you understand why Thompson’s career took off and makes you wonder what happened to Mitchell.

I’m old enough to have seen the original “Going in Style” in the early 1980s, back when Hollywood movies would show up on network TV a year later. The original old-men-rob-a-bank flick, with George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg, was more poignant. The 2017 remake, with Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman, is more polished for a modern audience. They’re both good. As usual, Arkin inhabits his grumpy-old-man character like none other. I wanted someone to explain to me why Caine, with his English accent, worked in a Queens (New York, not THE queen) steel mill for 30 years.