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‘Booksmart’ is the Best Comedy in Over a Year

Look, I know this looks like an easily-dismissible female “Superbad” but just hear me out. “Booksmart” is the directorial debut of Olivia Wilde and follows two goody two-shoes students (Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein) who set out to party the night before their graduation after realizing they wasted their high school careers. Jessica Williams, Will… Continue reading ‘Booksmart’ is the Best Comedy in Over a Year

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‘Aladdin’ Hits Enough Magical and Musical Beats to Charm You Over

It took a few of these, but we have finally made it to a “Disney remakes one of their animated classics as live-action” for a film that I actually loved as a kid. We must proceed with caution. “Aladdin” is the latest of the live-action Disney remakes, retelling the 1992 film, as well as the… Continue reading ‘Aladdin’ Hits Enough Magical and Musical Beats to Charm You Over

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Takes Some Risks that Don’t Pay Off, but There’s Still a Lot to Love

In some ways, this feels like “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in that this film contains both the highest highs and the lowest lows of the franchise. “Avengers: Endgame” is the follow-up to 2018’s “Infinity War” and is the 22nd film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which began 11 years ago with “Iron Man.” The… Continue reading ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Takes Some Risks that Don’t Pay Off, but There’s Still a Lot to Love

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Rae and Martin Help Make ‘Little’ a Tiny Bit Better Than It Should Be

In case you weren’t feeling like you haven’t accomplished enough in your life, Marsai Martin, who is just 14, is now officially the youngest person ever to executively produce a Hollywood film. So. There’s that. “Little” is the story of a shrill executive (Regina Hall) who is transformed into the 13-year-old version of herself (Marsai… Continue reading Rae and Martin Help Make ‘Little’ a Tiny Bit Better Than It Should Be

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‘Dumbo’ is Charming and Entertaining [Enough]

People say Hollywood has run out of ideas and that Disney is growing too big for everyone’s own good, and you have to look for farther than remaking a 60-minute 1941 animated film and having it be the first of four live-action redos by the company set to come out in 2019. “Dumbo” is the… Continue reading ‘Dumbo’ is Charming and Entertaining [Enough]

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Zachary Levi Soars, but ‘Shazam!’ is Just OK

Less than a month ago we had Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” and now we have DC’s “Shazam,” a character who was originally named Captain Marvel but, for obvious reasons, no longer is. “Shazam!” is the seventh installment of the DC Extended Universe and the first live-action depiction of the character since the 1941 movie serials. The… Continue reading Zachary Levi Soars, but ‘Shazam!’ is Just OK

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‘Us’ Keeps Us Guessing in the Most Tense of Ways

Well Jordan Peele was able to beat the mediocre freshman directorial debut cliché, so if anyone can stump the sophomore slump it’s him. “Us” is the second feature from writer-director Jordan Peele, following his Oscar-winning start with “Get Out” in 2017. It follows a family (Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex)… Continue reading ‘Us’ Keeps Us Guessing in the Most Tense of Ways