We do get detailed portrait of our central character and some insight into what would cause her actions but almost all of the other supporting characters are given short shrift.
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As usual, Linklater has assembled an excellent cast of talented performers that make the most of their roles. Ready or Not , starring Samara Weaving and Adam Brody, is a dark comedy thriller about a newlywed who joins her husband and his well-to-do family in a high-stakes version of hide-and-seek. Angel Has Fallen , starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, is the third installment in the action-packed series about a Secret Service agent once again protecting the President from terrorist attacks.
Overcomer , starring Alex Kendrick and Priscilla Shirer, is a faith-based drama about a high school basketball coach whose championship dreams vanish when he receives unexpected news.
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After Scar leads his brother into a deadly trap, Simba flees his home out of guilt and finds comfort in a new friendship with the carefree duo Timon Billy Eichner and Pumbaa Seth Rogen. Unlike the live-action reimagining of Dumbo from earlier this year, whose animated companion was made in , there are only 25 years separating the original Lion King and this photorealistic update. Every detail, from the way the animals move to the shadows they cast and even down the veins in their paws, is impeccably visualized. This literal-minded update frequently looks like a nature documentary, albeit one where the animals break into song at random intervals.
Disney is clearly capable of making original films with new characters and exciting stories Moana would be a recent example but as long as regurgitating old material is profitable, then what is the incentive for them to stop?
The Lion King is as lazy as a lion laying in the sun, assured and confident of the dominance it holds over its kingdom. Coming to theaters this weekend: Once Upon a Time In Hollywood , starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, is the latest film from Quentin Tarantino about a television actor and his stunt double striving to achieve fame and fortune in Los Angeles.
The story this time is focused on the telekinetic mutant Jean Grey Sophie Turner , who is taken in at a young age by Professor Charles Xavier James McAvoy after her powers result in the accidental death of her parents. Years later, while working on a space mission with her X-Men crew, Jean absorbs a mass of dark energy in order to save members of the Endeavour space shuttle. The character development is entirely too rushed across the board but especially so for Jean Grey, who was barely introduced in Apocalypse and is now the focal point for this massively abridged version of her story.
As the film centers around an underwritten female protagonist discovering herself while also on the run from shape-shifting aliens, the comparisons between Dark Phoenix and the recently released Captain Marvel are inevitable.
Neither film features particularly captivating action sequences, although the space mission scene from Phoenix succeeds mainly on the chemistry between the stellar cast. Despite the shaky script, most of the actors do their level best to make this story work.
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Turner does a fine job in a challenging lead role that requires a large range of emotion and McAvoy continues to fill out his Xavier character nicely. Now that Fox is done with this franchise following their acquisition from Disney, we can at least hold out hope that a better X-Men series will rise from the ashes. Coming to theaters this weekend: Men in Black: International , starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, reboots the sci-fi comedy franchise with two new MIB agents who are sent to London to investigate alien attacks.
Shaft , starring Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher, brings a third generation to the Shaft series as an FBI agent turns to his father and grandfather for help on a new case. Opening at Cinema Center is The Souvenir , a new romantic drama from A24 about a young film student who becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man. The two set out to uncover clues which point to a cover-up that suggests Harry could still be alive.
His ability to create powerful psychic blasts unexpectedly when he gets overwhelmed is a subject of my favorite gag in the film.
Less successful from a comedic standpoint is woefully miscast Reynolds as Pikachu, who quickly wears out his welcome with tiresome riffing and snarky injections that come at a non-stop pace. Coming to theaters this weekend: John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum , starring Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry, pits the unstoppable hitman against a legion of trained assassins after he is excommunicated from their guild.
Director David F. Sandberg is working hard to emulate the tone of kid-centric s Spielberg productions like E. Traveling on the subway on day, Billy is suddenly transported to a magical realm where a weakened wizard named Shazam Djimon Hounsou bestows Billy with the ability to transform into an adult superhero Zachary Levi. Along with his newest foster brother Freddy Jack Dylan Grazer , Billy learns how to harness his newfound powers in order to stop the villainous Dr.
Thaddeus Sivana Mark Strong.
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I applaud Shazam! Also coming to theaters this weekend: Pet Sematary , starring Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz, is the latest Stephen King adaptation about a family who summons evil forces after meddling with a mysterious burial ground. The Best of Enemies , starring Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell, tells the true story of a civil rights activist and a Ku Klux Klan leader who debate school segregation in s North Carolina. Christian Bale once again undergoes an astonishing transformation for the new Dick Cheney biopic Vice , the latest from The Big Short director Adam McKay that almost entirely misses the mark.
The politically charged film is knowingly divisive and meant to be controversial in its depiction of the former Vice President but for all of its empty provocation, it fails to capture its subject on the most fundamental level.
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