Fantasy

Onward

Onward’s backdrop is the idea that magic, which once saturated the world with wonder and spectacle, has been siphoned away over the centuries by technology and, well, general apathy. Unicorns are the new feral cats, centaurs take cars instead of galloping across town, and sprites have traded in whimsy to become perpetually peeved pint-sized biker …

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Cats (2019)

You remember that trailer, right? The one that instantly set the Internet a’blaze with gasps of horror, hilarious memes and near-unanimous “what were they THINKING?!?!”s as the world caught its first confusing, terrifying glimpse of Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper’s big-name big-screen adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway musical. “Bup, bup,” the filmmakers replied, “Cool …

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Dark Phoenix

Clearly trying to capitalize on the “end of an era” marketing that helped propel Avengers: Endgame into the box-office – and favorable-review – stratosphere, but instead making the problems found in X-Men: Apocalypse even worse, this final, quasi-origins installment of the mutant franchise is sorely lacking in heart, humor, depth and, ultimately, viewer satisfaction. It’s …

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Aquaman

[Executive speaks, dominating the meeting] Aquaman has been kind of a joke in the superhero world, so we need to reclaim him, and, you know, make him AWESOME. We need to get a beefy, manly guy, you know, no more blond wussy guy in spandex. Be sure he is naturally funny… you know, like that …

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Venom

Tom Hardy stars as Eddie Brock, a recently fired, renegade investigative reporter who’s known for thumbing his nose at authority and who’s probing the medical research being conducted by billionaire entrepreneur Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed). As Eddie quickly discovers, that research includes a covert study aiming to merge an alien “Symbiote” – think: angry, sentient …

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Glass

To prepare to see Glass, I watched Split over the weekend. I found it to be a tight film with a fantastic performance by James McAvoy as a psychopath with 23 personalities (plus a potentially super-human one called The Beast). When the final scene (a Marvel-type Easter egg) showed Bruce Willis as Unbreakable‘s David Dunn, …

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