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Full disclosure: Having really enjoyed 2019's Captain Marvel, it was disappointing at first to hear that Carol Danvers would not get her own solo sequel. Instead, she was to be paired with Kamala Khan and Monica Rambeau in a buddy film. It felt like a lack of confidence from Marvel that was unjustified. However, despite misgivings about that decision, yours truly promises that what follows is an objective review of The Marvels, which is now available on Disney+. While this wasn't our first preference, it turns out that these three women team up in one of the more entertaining Marvel... Read more →

 

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There aren't many actors who can hold that sad/funny intersection as well as Paul Giamatti. He can pull you in to his character's depression until it weighs on you like it's your own, and then he can make you laugh on a dime with a simple look or small gesture. That ability has served him well in his 30+ year career, and his abilities are as strong as ever. Giamatti once again walks that line with expert finesse in director Alexander Payne's The Holdovers, a sweet and kind comedy about loneliness, which is now available on NBC's Peacock streaming service.... Read more →

 

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Full Disclosure: I am a middle-age, heterosexual, white guy who never owned a Barbie or Ken doll when I was a little kid. I'm also generally neutral about Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. They're both fine actors, but neither one has pulled me to a movie theater. In that case, why did I go to see Barbie? 1) I wanted to see incoming Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa on the big screen as one of the Kens. 2) Wolfgang Van Halen played on the soundtrack. 3) The angrier conservatives get about anything, the more interesting it becomes. Now that we've... Read more →

 

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Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher team up for the new Netflix romantic comedy, Your Place or Mine (out now). They play a pair of best friends who hooked up once 20 years ago, and have been close ever since. Witherspoon plays Debbie, a single mom in Los Angeles who needs to take a class in New York City to finish an accounting program. Peter is a former wannabe author/now consultant living in NYC, who offers to take care of Debbie's teenage son Jack (played by Wesley Kimmel) in Los Angeles for a week so she can get her degree. The... Read more →

 

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There was a stretch from about 1989-1997 when Pamela Anderson seemed to be everywhere. It started with her 1989 debut in Playboy, built some momentum with her appearance on Home Improvement, and then her career exploded as lifeguard C.J. Parker on Baywatch. She was a regular guest on talk shows and the constant focus of the tabloids. Her career was eventually derailed with the release of the stolen sex tape featuring her and ex-husband Tommy Lee in 1995. After that, she seemed to largely fall off the radar, except for her string of high-profile husbands, and her support of the... Read more →

 

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We wanted to be excited about the new movie, You People, which just came out on Netflix. It has a talented cast (including Eddie Murphy, Jonah Hill, Lauren London, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David Duchovny and Nia Long, among others,) and it was directed by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris (who also co-wrote the movie with Hill.) The film is an updated version of Look Who's Coming to Dinner. There's plenty of material to work with here regarding race, religion, and other differences. However, the final product falls flat. Hill and London play Ezra Cohen and Amira Mohammed, a couple who meet thanks... Read more →

 

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The late Chadwick Boseman thrilled audiences around the world in 2018 in the first Black Panther film, with his portrayal of T'Challa, the ruler of Wakanda. It was perfect casting, as the actor's own nobility, charm, grace, and charisma poured through in every scene. The rest of the cast was also tremendous with stellar performances from Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, and Angela Bassett, among others. The movie was directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler, and when you added it all together, the result is one of the biggest highlights of the MCU. It was a movie that had... Read more →

 

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We haven't had much luck finding anything to watch on NBC's Peacock streaming service this year. That's fine, because we're not paying extra for it as part of our cable package. However, the trailer for Meet Cute seemed like it might be a mindlessly entertaining way to pass the time on a rainy afternoon. After all, it stars Kaley Cuoco, whom we enjoyed in The Big Bang Theory and The Flight Attendant, as well as SNL alum Pete Davidson, who always seems oddly watchable, although we're still not sure if he's funny. Besides, the movie is only 89 minutes long,... Read more →

 

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Our crew has been eagerly awaiting Marvel's big three movies for this year (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) for what seems like ages. Doctor Strange was a disappointing mess, but we had faith that Thor would be a nice rebound. Were we right? Let's discuss... (We'll try to keep this as spoiler-free as possible.) Plot: Thor is looking to retire and focus on finding the inner peace that continues to elude him. His quest for tranquility is interrupted by the arrival of Gorr the God Butcher. (You can probably... Read more →

 

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Doctor Stephen Strange has been busy the last few years. He helped the Avengers save the universe from Thanos, and then he and Spider-Man got into a little trouble with the multiverse last year. Now the sorcerer is back with his first solo adventure since 2016, with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Star Benedict Cumberbatch can do little wrong around here, but this movie is a disappointing mess. Disclaimer: We'll do our best to keep this review spoiler-free. Plot: The movie finds Doctor Strange having to save a mysterious girl named America Chavez, who is currently being chased... Read more →

 

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