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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings review

SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS Review — Glorious!

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings review says the entire film is radiant, but Awkwafina is the brightest new star in the Marvel Universe. The Marvel Universe now has its latest greatest female superhero, and her name is…Awkwafina? Wait a minute! How did that happen? Awkwafina only plays Katy, quick…

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CANDYMAN Review – Gory But Thought-Provoking Horror

Staci Layne Wilson’s Candyman review says filmmakers Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele bring fresh blood to an old trope. Director Nia DaCosta’s Candyman reimagining has been called a “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 film of the same name, and that it is. While it sticks to the stuff horror fans loved about the original—a vengeful,…

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THE NIGHT HOUSE Review—Too Many Unanswered Questions

Staci Layne Wilson’s The Night House review says the story of a new widow haunted by memories of her husband may be a bit too slow and complicated. Teacher Beth (Rebecca Hall) is a woman dealing with the sudden suicide of her architect husband Owen (Evan Jonigkeit), whom she senses has come back from the grave to…

The Protege review

THE PROTEGE Review — Uncanny Chemistry

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s The Protege review says the surprising chemistry between Michael Keaton and Maggie Q ignites the screen. Dangerous women in black bobs with bangs. They’ve been a thing in Hollywood since the Jazz Age. My favorites through the decades have been Angelica Huston in Prizzi’s Honor, Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction, and now Maggie…

respect review, free guy review

RESPECT Review / FREE GUY Review — Which (if either) is Worthy?

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s Respect review and Free Guy review reveal big talent with smaller execution. Still, both films have their moments. Respect Review If you’re a fan of Aretha Franklin (and really, who isn’t?)It’s almost impossible not to compare Respect, staring Jennifer Hudson, with National Geographic’s Genius: Aretha, the anthology series that featured Cynthia Erivo…

The Suicide Squad review

THE SUICIDE SQUAD Review — Good Bloody Fun

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s The Suicide Squad review says that skilled director James Gunn slugs a homer with grisly madcap mayhem. Kindly erase all visions of 2016’s Suicide Squad from your head. Although I got a kick out of it, it currently has a 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, even though it starred Will Smith, Jared…

New House of Gucci Trailer

Check Out the New HOUSE OF GUCCI Trailer and Character Posters — Sublime!

Get an eyeful of the new House of Gucci trailer and character posters — How will we ever wait until Thanksgiving to see this fabulous film? Director Ridley Scott is back this fall with a new movie, House of Gucci, which is based on the bestselling book of the same name by Sara Gay Forden.…

Jungle Cruise review

JUNGLE CRUISE Review — The Best River Cruise You’ll Take All Year

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s Jungle Cruise review says the E-ticket ride movie flows with chemistry, comedy and fun. Does anyone remember the old multi-colored Disneyland ticket books? The E-ticket rides were always the best, and had the longest lines. Now if you’re with me so far, I’m going to ask you to stretch your memory a…

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THE GREEN KNIGHT Review – Evergreen or Sword-and-Sorcery Routine?

Staci Layne Wilson’s The Green Knight review says Dev Patel’s latest epic is a visual stunner but has limited appeal. The 14th century epic poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was once a lesser-known Arthurian legend, but thanks to a 1920’s translation by the legendary fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien, and its subsequent adaptations for the…

Joe Bell review

JOE BELL Review — It Rings True and Tragic

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s Joe Bell review says it feels gritty and authentic, telling a true tale in a surprising way. Some of you may remember the tragic and true tale of Joe Bell, who attempted a walk across America to bring an anti-bullying message to the masses as a tribute to his gay son Jadin.…

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SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS Review — Glorious!

CANDYMAN Review – Gory But Thought-Provoking Horror

THE NIGHT HOUSE Review—Too Many Unanswered Questions

THE PROTEGE Review — Uncanny Chemistry

RESPECT Review / FREE GUY Review — Which (if either) is Worthy?

THE SUICIDE SQUAD Review — Good Bloody Fun

Check Out the New HOUSE OF GUCCI Trailer and Character Posters — Sublime!

JUNGLE CRUISE Review — The Best River Cruise You’ll Take All Year

THE GREEN KNIGHT Review – Evergreen or Sword-and-Sorcery Routine?

JOE BELL Review — It Rings True and Tragic