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MARVEL STUDIOS | 'Captain Marvel' follows a long line of box office smashes from Marvel Studios, but so much emphasis on the franchise keeps the film from developing on its own.

‘Captain Marvel’ Highlights New Female Superhero, Prepares for Franchise Finale

★★★★☆ After DC Comics’ overwhelmingly successful debut of “Wonder Woman” in 2017, many were anxiously awaiting the response of its rival, Marvel Comics. On International Women’s Day, Stan Lee’s brainchild debuted its leading lady, Captain Marvel, in Marvel’s first film since its creator’s passing in November 2018. While the movie[Read More…]

by March 18, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
IMAX | New documentary "Apollo 11" provides viewers an unparalleled look into the famed space mission.

‘Apollo 11’ Grants Unparalleled but Flawed Look Into Historic Mission

★★★☆☆ From when the astronauts put on their suits to their landing in the sea, “Apollo 11” allows the audience to experience the awe of space travel in a series of breathtaking shots of the mission from the perspective of those who first explored the cosmos.   Directed by Todd[Read More…]

by March 3, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
DREAMWORKS ANIMATION | “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” brings to a close the relationship between Toothless and Hiccup that captivated audiences over the last nine years. With breathtakingly detailed animation, a focus on the difficulties of growing up and brief flashes of humor interwoven throughout, this final installment of the trilogy soars.

Beloved Animated Trilogy’s Finale Does Series Justice

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is a visually stunning exploration of what it means to grow up, complete with the fire-breathing companions that made the first two films in the series so compelling. “Hidden World,” directed by Dean DeBlois, opens amid dark fog as protagonist Hiccup, voiced[Read More…]

by February 22, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
The original Lego movie charmed audiences in 2014 with an unpredictable and heartwarming plot. “The Lego Movie 2: The Sequel” mostly lives up to the standard the first set, featuring a catchy soundtrack, jokes that land for audiences young and old, and lots of plot twists. This second installment in the franchise is a must-see for Lego fans.

Everything Remains Awesome With ‘The Lego Movie 2′

“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” may not be as innovative in style as its 2014 predecessor but still captivates its audience in its own right thanks to its script, music and animation. The original “Lego Movie” managed to draw audiences in with its original format, using an animation[Read More…]

by February 20, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide, Uncategorized
BET FILMS | Ali Davis, played by Taraji P. Henson, embodies values of a hardworking, empowering and independent woman. After a shaman gives her a strong concotion to drink, Ali  obtains the ability to hear men’s thoughts, revealing their darkest secrets and true desires. “What Men Want” surpasses its predecessor by addressing gender and race.

‘What Men Want’ Highlights Humor, Diversity

“What Men Want,” the 2019 adaption of the early 2000s Mel Gibson film “What Women Want,” is a sharper, funnier, more inclusive take on the original concept. Directed by Hollywood veteran Adam Shankman, with a cast led by Taraji P. Henson, the film does the work its predecessor could not.[Read More…]

BRON STUDIOS | "Isn't It Romantic" parodies the stereotypical conventions of the romantic comedy to weave a charming tale that bolsters female empowerment and body positivity.

‘Isn’t It Romantic’ Charmingly Parodies the Romantic Comedy

★★★½ Starring comedian Rebel Wilson, “Isn’t It Romantic” delights audience members with its lighthearted satire of romantic comedies, celebrating female empowerment while revealing how negative social norms manifest themselves in cinema. This parody follows the life of New York architect Natalie, uninspired and invisible in her career while struggling to[Read More…]

by February 19, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
BET-FILMS | “What Men Want,” directed by Adam Shankman and starring Taraji P. Henson, above, details what happens when a woman suddenly gains the power to hear exactly what the men around her are thinking, with unexpected results. Henson and Shankman collaborated extensively to figure out what cast would be best for the reimagined film.

Henson, Shankman Discuss New Film, Diversity

“What Men Want” is refreshing and honest; it delves into issues that the film industry and the world have been constantly grappling with. A reimagining of the nearly 20-year-old Mel Gibson film “What Women Want,” the remake uses the premise of accidentally gaining the ability to read the opposite gender’s[Read More…]

by February 15, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
RYOT FILMS | Spanning decades and featuring communities from across the globe, the Academy Award nominees for best short-subject documentary hone in on issues of social crisis and justice. Each short documentary takes a closer look at social issues that affect millions, but “Black Sheep” appears to be the frontrunner for the Academy Award.

Oscar-Nominated Shorts Tackle Global Social Issues

The 2019 Academy Award nominees for best short-subject documentary take storytelling to new heights with eye-opening subjects, impressive camerawork and nods to unsung heroes. All  five films address past or present social crises, from pre-World War II Nazism in the United States to human trafficking in modern day Africa. This[Read More…]

by February 15, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
Even Without a Host, The Oscars Promise to Make Cinematic History

Even Without a Host, The Oscars Promise to Make Cinematic History

On Sunday, Feb. 24, the movie industry’s biggest names will gather in Los Angeles for the 91st annual Oscar Awards. Following the decade-long tradition, the Oscars will take place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. However, for the first time in almost 30 years, the awards show will be without[Read More…]

by February 6, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
GLOBAL ROAD ENTERTAINMENT | The performances of Matthew McConaughey, left, and Anne Hathaway, right, are decidedly the best part of "Serenity."

McConaughey and Hathaway Outshine Otherwise Disappointing ‘Serenity’

★★☆☆☆ Despite solid performances from Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, “Serenity” fails to meet its audience’s high expectations of a film with such big-name talent. “Serenity” offers its viewers implausible plot development, unnatural storyline twists and an easily predictable ending that creates an unsatisfying experience. Known as a director and[Read More…]

by January 28, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide