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First Reactions for The Lion King Call It Disney’s Best Adaptation Yet

Hakuna Matata!

The Lion King is the third Disney "live-action" adaptation released this year, following Dumbo and Aladdin, but while those films received mixed reviews, the buzz around The Lion King has been mostly positive.

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Midsommar Review: A Sunlight-Soaked Nightmare Gives You Nowhere to Hide

4/5 stars

It’s hard to even call 'Midsommar' a horror movie, really, in the traditional sense. Is Gruesome Existential Terror a genre? Because that’s what this is.

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Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home Is a Fun, Sweet Epilogue to Marvel’s Phase Three

Four out of five new Spider-Man suits.

After the universe-shattering stakes of Avengers: Endgame, Marvel goes back to the intimate character-focused solo film model for Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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Review: Toy Story 4 Is a Worthy and Tearjerking Addition to the Franchise

Four out of five Forkys.

There was plenty of hesitation going into Toy Story 4. After a near-perfect finale with Toy Story 3, was a fourth film in the franchise really necessary? Would it hold up to the standards of the franchise or would it be a less-than-stellar note to end the series on?

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Late Night Review: Mindy Kaling Manages to Make a Classic Comedy Out of Exceptionally Modern Problems

3.5/5 stars.

For a movie that tackles such big ideas, Late Night ends up feeling pretty lightweight. Still, it's a super enjoyable watch.

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Charlie Says Brings the Pitfalls of Idolization to Life

3.5 out of 5 middle parts.

Charlie Says might not be the best depiction of the time in which Charles Manson terrorized the west coast, but it does bring a new light to the women that fell victim to his "charms."

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Movie Review: Fast Color Gives Us What Other Movies Won’t

3 out of 5 stars.

Marvel and DC have dished out film after film over the past 10 years, hoping to achieve billion-dollar success. However, neither film house had given fans a substantial representation of women and people of color until Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. Julia Hart’s new film, Fast Color, aims to change that with actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw as super powered woman on the run in the west, thus giving moviegoers something no film is giving us right now: superpowered Black women.

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SXSW Movie Review: Jezebel’s True Story Does Sex Work Justice

4 out of 5 stars.

Jezebel is a sparkling debut for director/screenwriter Numa Perrier, which its SXSW premiere crowd acknowledged enthusiastically. The film deals with themes many will find unsettling. That’s unfortunate, because there's no reason to be uncomfortable with sex work.

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SXSW Movie Review: Booksmart Is One of the Year’s Best Comedies

3.5 out of 5 stars.

This wickedly smart breakout hit of SXSW proves you don’t need to reinvent the wheel to create honest, sincere cinema.

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SXSW Review: Teen Spirit Doesn’t Know What It Wants to Be

2 out of 5 stars.

Teen Spirit, Max Minghella’s debut feature at SXSW, isn’t unlike anything you’ve seen before, narratively or aesthetically. Themes of youth and fame come up, wrapped in visuals akin to Nicholas Windin Refn’s The Neon Demon, and while Elle Fanning pours her heart into every performance, neither that, the film’s stylish visuals, nor boisterous pop songs could save it from ultimately being hollow.

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LEGO Movie 2 Review: How Do You Stay Awesome in a Less-Than-Awesome World?

4/5 bricks

It was always going to be difficult for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part to live up to the original, if for no other reason than that the first movie took us by total surprise, setting our expectations high for the sequel. And while this movie may not be as smart or subversive as its predecessor, it does still have those qualities in abundance. (It's also, arguably, just as funny.)

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Velvet Buzzsaw Is a Clunky, Bonkers, Totally Mesmerizing Ride

4/5 murder paintings.

Dan Gilroy has gotten his old gang back together for Velvet Buzzsaw, now out on Netflix, and while it's definitely no Nightcrawler, it's certainly a worthwhile and wholly unique experience.

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Review: Glenn Close Delivers a Powerful, Quiet Turn in The Wife.

Four out of five Nobel Prizes for Literature.

Wives in fiction are fascinating to examine, because too often they fall into set tropes.

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Were You Hoping Glass Would Be M. Night Shyamalan’s Return to Form? Well, I’m Sorry.

Is zero stars an option?

You may have been hoping that M. Night Shyamalan would return to his former brilliance with Glass. That's not the case, and it's really disappointing.

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Review: Fantastic Beasts 2 Makes a Strong Case for Leaving the Wizarding World Behind

One out of five Nifflers.

The film functioned as a reverse Mirror of Erised, showing me only things I desperately did not want.

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Review: Widows Is a Ferociously Feminist Powerhouse Of a Film That Deserves All the Awards

Five out of five killer Viola Davis outfits.

Widows is the best film I've seen all year, hands down. It might be one of the best films I've seen period.

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Review: Can You Ever Forgive Me? Gives Us the Female Anti-Hero of Our Curmudgeonly Cat-Loving Dreams

5 out of 5 Dorothy Parkers.

Thanks to Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Melissa McCarthy, the massive void of great female anti-heroes is a little less empty.

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The Hate U Give Review: Everyone Must See This Movie

5/5 Starrs

The Hate U Give is a must-watch film for everyone.

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Review: Venom Is Weird, Dated, And A Waste Of A Perfectly Good Riz Ahmed

2.5 turds on the wind

We answer the question: Do Venom and Eddie Brock actually make out in this film?

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Review: This Generation Finally Has Its Heathers in Assassination Nation

3 out 5 Red Trench Coats.

I had no idea what to expect when I walked in to see Assassination Nation, but leaving the theater, I turned to my friend and said, "This generation finally has its Heathers."

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