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‘Long Shot’: Fair Rom-Com Chemistry Soon Gives Way to Lazy Vulgarity

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(2019—Director: Jonathan Levine) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★½ (out of 5 stars) “Is he high?” … “He is wasted, and he’s also just stupid.” — U.S. Secretary of State Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron), to staffer Maggie Millikin (June Diane Raphael), regarding Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen)  Potential spoilers below Director Jonathan Levine spent …

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Confronting Loss With Kindness & Service to Others in ‘Okko’s Inn’

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(2019—Director: Kitarō Kōsaka) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) “Hananoyu’s hot spring water rejects no one.” — Grandmother/Obā-chan Mineko Seki (Harumi Ichiryûsai, dubbed by Glynis Ellis) to granddaughter Oriko “Okko” Seki (Seiran Kobayashi, dubbed by Madigan Kacmar) Potential spoilers below In the list of directors perceived as “the next …

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Gradually Accelerates to Deliver Glorious MCU Nostalgia

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(2019—Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★½ (out of 5 stars) “I am…inevitable.” Potential spoilers below Wow, has it already been one year? As a matter of fact, it has been exactly one year since my Avengers: Infinity War review was published here at Impacting Culture. Back then, …

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‘Missing Link’: Laika’s Near-Great Latest Is Rousing & Exquisite

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(2019—Director: Chris Butler) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★½ (out of 5 stars) “The ‘word’, my dear fellow, is ‘trust’.” — Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) to Mr. Link/Susan (Zach Galifianakis)  Potential spoilers below 2016 was a remarkably diverse year for animation, and it culminated with Disney’s Zootopia winning the Best Animated Feature …

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‘Shazam!’ Enlivens the DCEU With Jolly Abandon

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(2019—Director: David F. Sandberg) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★ (out of 5 stars) “If a superhero can’t save his family, he’s not much of a hero.” — William “Billy” Batson (Asher Angel) to Frederick “Freddy” Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer) and their other foster siblings Potential spoilers below When it comes to superhero …

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Wheels Up for Disney in 2019 With ‘Dumbo’ a la Burton

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(2019—Director: Tim Burton) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “Your children don’t need you to be perfect. They just need you to believe in them.” — Colette Marchant (Eva Green) to Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) Potential spoilers below (Also, following their initial mentions, I shall distinguish between the two …

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‘Us’: Jordan Peele Elevates Modern Horror Cinema Again

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(2019—Director: Jordan Peele) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “Once upon a time, there was a girl…and the girl had a shadow.” — Red (Lupita Nyong’o) to Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) “What are you people?” … “We’re Americans.” — Gabriel “Gabe” Wilson (Winston Duke) and Red (Lupita Nyong’o) Potential …

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‘Captive State’: A Hazy & Fragmented Update on Alien Invasion Sci-Fi

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(2019—Director: Rupert Wyatt)  — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “Strike the closed zone. Light a match. Ignite a war.” “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.”  Potential spoilers below Aliens exist, and they wish to conquer our world. Resist, and the last thing you see before they cause you to burst …

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‘Captain Marvel’: An Engaging, If Somewhat Fleeting MCU Throwback Prequel

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(2019—Directors: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)     “Name a detail so bizarre a Skrull could never fabricate it.” … “If toast is cut diagonally, I can’t eat it.” — Carol Danvers/Vers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Agt. Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Samuel L. Jackson) Potential …

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‘The Hidden World’: A Sturdy & Rousing Trilogy Finale

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(2018—Director: Dean DeBlois) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)     “They don’t have a leader—just a boy.” — Grimmel the Grisly (F. Murray Abraham) on Hiccup, Chief of Berk (Jay Baruchel)  Potential spoilers below Greetings, cinema of 2019! Back in my review for Incredibles 2, I mentioned how the 2008 …