KIMI: 2022 (Streaming is available on HBO Max) First you should know that Kimi is not a character in the film, but is a voice based computer assistant similar to “Alexa” or “Siri.” The film seems to be based on an outlandish story, but it is far more fact than fiction as it is based on a real-life legal case in Arkansas. During the COVID-19 pandemic in Seattle, an agoraphobic tech worker, Angela Childs, discovers evidence of a violent crime while reviewing a data stream, but she is met with resistance and bureaucracy when she tries reporting it to her company. Angela suffers from anxiety and agoraphobia due to a previous assault, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To get involved, she realizes she must face her greatest fear--venturing out of her apartment. Getting out of her apartment leads to an exciting second half of Kimi and a hair-raising finish that I won’t reveal. Barbara and I were impressed by the directing of Steven Soderbergh who also directed another film reviewed in this month’s Movie Views, No Sudden Move. We also liked this mystery & thriller. GRADE B+