Disney’s “The Lion King” is Visually Riveting, but an Ultimately Bland Recycling of the Original

Critically-acclaimed director, writer, and producer Jon Favreau oversees this photo-realistic remake of Disney’s 1994 animated feature The Lion King. The original film was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, and written by trio Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton. This time around, in addition to Favreau taking over the director’s chair, newcomers Jeff Nathanson […]

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Spider-Man is Far From Home, but the MCU is Right Where it Needs to be

There is quite a lot to unpack in this review. It took me two viewings to decide exactly how I felt about this film. Nevertheless, here we are in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 23rd film, and it does not show signs of slowing down anytime soon. ———————————————————————————————————————- After the universe-shattering events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, Peter Parker […]

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Yesterday – Your Troubles will Truly be Far Away

Director: Danny Boyle Writers: Jack Barth and Richard Curtis Producers: Nick Angel, Lee Brazier, Bernard Bellew, Tim Bevan, Danny Boyle, Richard Curtis, Alexander Dostal, Eric Fellner, Matthew James Wilkinson Starring: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Sophia Di Martino, Ellise Chappell, Meera Syal, Harry Michell, Vincent Franklin, Joel Fry, Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran, James Corden, Michael Kiwanuka, […]

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Always be my Maybe – Maybe the Best Rom-Com of the Year?

Director: Nahnatchka Khan Writers: Michael Golamco, Randall Park, and Ali Wong Producers: Brendan Ferguson, Brady Fujikawa, Michael Golamco, Nathan Kahane, Randall Park, Erin Westerman, and Ali Wong Starring: Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito, Michelle Buteau, Vivian Bang, Keanu Reeves, Susan Park, Daniel Dae Kim, Karan Soni, Charlyne Yi, and Casey Wilson —————————————————————————————————————————————– Always be […]

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Toy Story 4 – Childlike Existentialism

Director: Josh Cooley Writers: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Josh Cooley, Valerie LaPointe, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Martin Hynes, and Stephany Folsom Producers: Peter Docter, Mark Nielsen, Jonas Rivera, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich   ————————————————————————————————————————————– Toy Story 4 somehow manages to explore the most complex and profound themes at the heart of human existence through the eyes […]

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix Cannot Quite Rise from the Ashes

Director: Simon Kinberg Writer: Simon Kinberg *Based on comic books created and written by John Byrne, Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, Jack Kirby, and Stan Lee* Producers: Daniel Auclair, Todd Hallowell, Simon Kinberg, Stan Lee, Kathleen McGill, Josh McLaglen, Hutch Parker, and Lauren Shuler Donner Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, […]

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Godzilla is King of the Monsters, but this Movie is the Runt of the MonsterVerse

Director: Michael Dougherty Writers: Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields, and Max Borenstein Producers: Yoshimitsu Banno, Shirit Bradley, Alex Garcia, Jon Jashni, Cliff Lanning, Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Ali Mendes, Richard Mirisch, Kenji Okuhira, Maricel Pagulayan, Mary Parent, Brian Rogers, Zach Shields, Thomas Tull, Barry H. Waldman Starring: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Ziyi […]

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Booksmart – Uproariously Heartfelt

Director: Olivia Wilde Writers: Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, and Katie Silberman Producers: Chelsea Barnard, David Distnfeld, Jessica Elbaum, Megan Ellison, Will Ferrell, Nancy Kirhoffer, Jillian Longnecker, Adam McKay, Scott Robertson, Alex G. Scott, and Katie Silberman. Starring: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Victoria Ruesga, Mason Gooding, […]

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