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THE LION KING review

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It Is Time

Disney’s universally-beloved animated masterpiece took the World by storm in 1994.  25 years later, Jon Favreau is able to utilize the most stunning technology on the planet to give us a photo-realistic version of the timeless classic, “The Lion King”.  The film opens as the animals are gathered around Pride Rock, as Rafiki (John Kani) anoints the newly-born future King, Simba (JD McCrary), with his parents Mufasa (James Earl Jones) and Sarabi (Alfre Woodard) nearby.  As we watch Simba grow, and his friendship with his best friend Nala (Shahadi Wright Joseph), he is eager to Continue reading

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MIDSOMMAR review

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Let the Festivities Begin

Visionary director Ari Aster (“Hereditary”) returns with another harrowing tale in “Midsommar”.  Having just endured a horrific tragedy, Dani (Florence Pugh) is lost.  Her boyfriend Christian (Jack Reynor), who’s been stringing her along, is set to leave for Sweden with his friends Mark (Will Poulter), Josh (William Harper Jackson), and Swedish student Pelle (Vilhelm Blomgren).  With plans of attending the special, once-every-ninety-years Mid-Summer festival of Pelle’s home village, the group arrives and are in awe of what they see.  The townsfolk are dressed all in white, with Continue reading

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YESTERDAY review

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Yesterday, Everyone Knew the Beatles

Struggling musician Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is on the verge of giving up; he plays for small crowds and realizes his dream may just never come true.  After an unfortunate side stage appearance at a festival, he is finished.  As he bikes home, a mysterious, worldwide blackout occurs and he finds himself being hit by a bus.  Waking-up in the hospital, his guitar is smashed and he’s missing two of his front teeth.  After receiving a gift from his friends in the form of a new guitar, he painfully learns that the World no longer remembers who The Beatles are or any of their music.  With his Continue reading

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LATE NIGHT review

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They’re Giving Comedy a Rewrite

“Late Night”, written by Mindy Kaling, follows an aging late night television host that has captivated the World and won countless Emmy’s, SAG’s, and Golden Globes’ over the course of her career.  Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is nothing like her television persona however.  She doesn’t know her writers, she has no desire or care for her audience, and she’s quite stubborn in her ways.  As a new staff writer with diversity is needed, a young girl named Molly (Mindy Kaling) with no experience in the industry finds-herself in Continue reading

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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 review

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The Pets are Back

Since we last left Max (Patton Oswalt) and Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a lot has changed in their lives.  Their owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper), has met a guy, fallen in-love, and had a baby.  As “The Secret Life of Pets 2” opens, the adorable and lovable dog/baby interactions are plentiful.  As he ages, Max becomes anxious with every step Liam takes.  One day, the family takes Max and Duke on a trip to the countryside; and Max leaves his favorite toy with Gidget (Jenny Slate) for safekeeping.  In the country, Max and Duke are Continue reading