Cinderella: Kay Cannon Makes Movie Magic Again

Writer-director Kay Cannon makes movie magic once again with one of the most original takes on Cinderella to hit the big or small screen. Cannon’s take is one that truly subverts everything we know about the fairy tale. Not even Walt Disney would have been able to come up with a take such as this. What Cannon does here is bold and unique. Granted, there wasn’t much of a push for diversity on screen when…

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He’s All That: A Gender-Swapped She’s All That

He’s All That takes advantage of social media in this gender-swapped present-day remake of the 1999 high school comedy, She’s All That. There’s a few beats here and there that repeat themselves in the remake. You could not make the remake without the dance-off though. Of course, the film works with the present day’s typical social media usage. Most of which is spent going live on Instagram and posting photos for what feels like every…

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Vacation Friends: What Happens On Vacation, Well…

What happens on vacation doesn’t necessarily stay on vacation as we see in the raunchy Hulu Original comedy, Vacation Friends. Marcus (Lil Rel Howery) and Emily (Yvonne Orji) are a run-of-the-mill couple vacationing in Mexico. Marcus, who owns a construction firm, is planning to propose. Almost as soon as they arrive, they meet their polar opposites in Ron (John Cena) and Kyla (Meredith Hagner). These two couples couldn’t be more different if they tried. Ron…

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Under the Volcano: The AIR Studios Montserrat Story

Under the Volcano is a very intimate documentary that tells the story of Sir George Martin’s AIR Studios Montserrat and the surroundings. If you’re fan of The Beatles, you know the name Sir George Martin. He’s the man who produced the four lads from Liverpool. What you might not know is that he later started up a recording studio on Montserrat. It just so happens that said studio was build under the shadow of a…

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Together Is More Theatrical, Less Cinematic

Together, the new Stephen Daldry film starring James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan, is the latest pandemic comedy to hit the market. Perhaps the biggest thing about the very minimal cast is that Together feels much like a theatrical two-hander with its staging and monologues. For the record, I felt this way before reading the production notes. According to the film’s production notes: “Kelly originally conceived of Together as a stage play. The rapid-fire dialogue and…

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Love in the Afternoon: Billy Wilder’s Lubitsch Film

Love in the Afternoon, starring Gary Cooper and Audrey Hepburn, is Billy Wilder’s best attempt at making a film in the spirit of his late mentor, Ernst Lubitsch. Ariane Chavasse (Audrey Hepburn) is a cello student and overhears a conversation between her private detective father, Claude Chavasse (Maurice Chevalier), and a client, Monsieur X (John McGiver). Claude’s specialty is going after the spouses who are unfaithful. Anyway, Monsieur X insists that he will kill American…

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings makes its long-delayed arrival as the second post-blip feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Before you read any further, the film features both a mid-credits scene and an end-credits scene. In theory, this is the second feature film of Phase 4. However, Black Widow was first but it takes place during the Phase 3 era. This film is noticeably post-blip with its references (signs or a line…

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Witness for the Prosecution: A Billy Wilder Classic

The Oscar-nominated and Billy Wilder-directed Witness for the Prosecution is one of the best courtroom dramas in cinematic history. Let’s discuss the ending first. The film concludes with the following voiceover narration: “The management of this theater suggests that, for the greater entertainment of your friends who have not yet seen the picture, you will not divulge to anyone the secret of the ending of Witness for the Prosecution.” For this reason, I certainly will not…

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Bringing Up Baby Is Still Funny Over 80 Years Later

Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant bring the hysterics when they team up together in the classic 1938 screwball comedy, Bringing Up Baby. Initially a flop, Bringing Up Baby‘s reputation wouldn’t change until it made its way to television. If not for the film’s initial failure, Hepburn wouldn’t take to the stage in The Philadelphia Story. As we all know, the play would become a film starring Hepburn, Grant, and James Stewart and the rest is…

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Sweet Girl: A Quest for Vengeance

Jason Momoa and Isabela Merced star in the Pittsburgh-set thriller, Sweet Girl, in which a man seeks justice for his wife’s death. Ray Cooper (Jason Momoa) is dead-set on getting justice after his wife, Amanda (Adria Arjona), dies from cancer. The only fight chance she had went out the window when the life-saving drug got pulled by the pharmaceutical company. Ray’s search for the truth only consistently puts him and his daughter, Rachel (Isabela Merced),…

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