APOLLO 10½: A SPACE AGE CHILDHOOD: 2022 (Netflix) We usually avoid animated movies, but the writer/director of this movie was Richard Linklater and we always enjoy his movies. We did like this coming-of-age movie partly because the animation was realistic. The setting for the movie was suburbs of Houston, Texas in the summer of 1969, when everything was about the astronauts landing on the moon, especially when your dad works at NASA. The movie is based on Linklater’s own childhood growing up in Huston. You can almost imagine that the man narrating stories of his life as a 10-year-old boy, is Linklater himself, weaving tales of nostalgia with a fantastical account of a journey to the moon. My kids were growing up in the sixties, and I remembered many of the nostalgia bits. (There were even throwbacks to my childhood, playing “Statues” in particular.) Jack Black voiced the grown-up boy in this entertaining movie. Although the fantasy of the little Apollo didn’t always work for me, and Gary thought the movie weakened toward the end, we enjoyed most of the Space Age Childhood story. GRADE B-