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West Side Story

Two cultures, both alike in dignity (In fair Manhattan, where we lay our scene), from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean: This is the story of the West Side, with language not quite as foreign to our ears as Shakespeare,...
Frozen 2

Frozen 2

Ever see one of those videos that shows how Disney recycled animation sequences from their previous works and reused them in new ones? Frozen 2 isn't much better, "borrowing" liberally from the first Frozen, but in a way that feels more lazy than homage-paying, right...

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Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spiderman: Far From Home (henceforth to be referred to as FFH) is a generally entertaining entry in the series of films/comics/TV shows/etc that make up the Marvel Comics Universe (MCU). Coming on the heels of the overblown Avengers:Endgame, FFH wisely does not take...

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The Secret Life of Pets 2

The Secret Life of Pets 2

There’s a movie poster for The Secret Life of Pets 2 (pictured here) that shows the dog Max wearing a cone around his head and a sign around his neck that says, “Don’t laugh.” The sign wasn’t necessary, since the movie did its best to make sure we didn’t, providing...

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Ma

Ma

When asked why they chose a particular role, most actors avoid the obvious (and probably accurate) answer of "It was a easy paycheck" and say something along the lines of "I've always wanted to work with that director" or "I wanted to do something outside my comfort...

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Aladdin (2019 Live Action)

Aladdin (2019 Live Action)

Let’s get straight to the point: Disney’s live action Aladdin is delightful, and had me grinning throughout. Probably like you, I had reservations about Will Smith in a role that Robin Williams made so iconic, but his charm is hard to suppress, and he entertains with...

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Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the most visually inventive, staggeringly creative movie I’ve seen all year. This animated masterpiece thrills as the latest installment in the Spider Man story, this time with a younger multi-racial kid bitten by the radioactive...

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Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns can best be compared to a really good tribute band: It looks and sounds almost like the original, brings a warm sense of nostalgia, and leaves you with a huge smile on your face. The parallels are not hidden: chimney sweeps have been replaced with...

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Mission Impossible – Fallout

Mission Impossible – Fallout

Mission Impossible - Fallout delivers exactly what is expected: action set pieces that are incredibly well done but totally preposterous, serviceable acting and a plot full of holes in which no one can be trusted. You won't find a plot summary here, as the plot is...

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