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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
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
DIRECTOR’S CUT: ‘Roma’ Dazzles With Deceptively Simple Portrait of Mexico City

DIRECTOR’S CUT: ‘Roma’ Dazzles With Deceptively Simple Portrait of Mexico City

Viewers rarely get to see a film that feels as simple as it does enriching. Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” not only offers this experience, but also creates a quiet, humble sadness whose climax erupts in raw heartbreak. I had heard mixed reviews from friends — while some praised the film as[Read More…]

by February 4, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, 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
Amblin Partners | The heart of “On the Basis of Sex” comes from the biopic’s fusion of Ruth Bader Gisburg’s professional and personal lives. Despite the prominence of the relationship between Ruth, right, and her husband Marty, left, in the film, the love story does not distract from but rather complements the powerful narrative tracing Ruth’s legal fight against gender discrimination.

‘On the Basis of Sex’ Artfully Traces RBG’s Ascent to the Court

★★★★★ As Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrates her 25th year on the nation’s highest court, “On the Basis of Sex” focuses on the court case that launched her battle to dismantle legal barriers for women, presenting the origin story of the Supreme Court justice we now know as the Notorious R.B.G.[Read More…]

by January 24, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
Olivia Simon

DIRECTOR’S CUT: ‘Green Book’ Offers Moving but Imperfectly Crafted Story

I became aware of “Green Book” just before the holidays, when a couple of my friends mentioned it was worth catching at the theater. While I was surprised to learn the film was directed by Peter Farrelly of the Farrelly Brothers — known for comedies such as “Dumb and Dumber”[Read More…]

by January 22, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, Movies
Lantern Entertainment | “The Upside” is a fairly successful attempt to adapt the hit French film for U.S. audiences, featuring a standout performance from Bryan Cranston, right.

Cranston Shines in Remake of ‘The Upside’

★★★☆☆ In 2012, the film “Les Intouchables,” a French box-office hit, played on screens across the United States, quickly stealing hearts and becoming the highest-ranking non-English-language movie ever released. Seven years later, an American remake of the film called “The Upside” attempted to capture the same success. Starring Bryan Cranston[Read More…]

by January 18, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
Warner Bros

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Lacks Substance, Disappoints Fans

★★☆☆☆ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” originally excited “Harry Potter” fans with its promise to bring audiences back to their favorite fictional place: Hogwarts. Yet, viewers anticipating an exhilarating return to the magical world of the famed school will be disappointed by the second installation of J.K. Rowling’s spin-off[Read More…]

by December 7, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
Period Piece ‘The Favourite’ Offers a New Perspective

Period Piece ‘The Favourite’ Offers a New Perspective

If you are looking for the stale pomp and majesty that films like “Elizabeth” and “The Young Victoria” bring to the historic British monarchy, you will leave “The Favourite” severely disappointed. Instead, director Yorgos Lanthimos delivers a historical romp that blows up the patriarchy and monarchical grandeur in equal parts,[Read More…]

by December 6, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, The Guide
‘Becoming Astrid’ Reveals Iconic Writer’s Hidden Struggle

‘Becoming Astrid’ Reveals Iconic Writer’s Hidden Struggle

★★★★☆ Presented by Nordisk Film Production and Avanti Film, “Becoming Astrid” acquaints audiences with the personal history of beloved author Astrid Lindgren and provides a window into the life that inspired many of her stories. With a thoughtful performance by Alba August in the titular role and evocative cinematography punctuated[Read More…]

by December 6, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, The Guide