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‘Wonder Woman’ Resuscitates the DC Extended Universe

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(2017—Director: Patty Jenkins) ★★★ 1/2 (out of 5 stars) In 2016, Warner Bros. released Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (BVS) and Suicide Squad to get the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) underway. An intense storm of division between audiences and critics followed both films. Great pressure began to precede the next DCEU installment—the solo debut …

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The Greatest Story Ever Told: Review of ‘Supernatural’

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An Objective, One-Hundred Percent Unbiased Review of Supernatural By Carly Twehous At first glance, Supernatural, now going on its thirteenth season, is a fairly standard genre show. “Star Wars in truck-stop America,” creator Eric Kripke said in his first pitch. Two brothers—one Han Solo and the other Luke Skywalker—brought up by their father as hunters …

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The Times They Are A-Changin’ in ‘Cars 3’

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(2017—Director: Brian Fee) ★★★ 1/2 (out of 5 stars) Pixar released the first Cars in 2006. While it achieved financial success, many noted the subdued critical reception and suspected that the film served only to sell toys. In those same minds, the film’s 2011 sequel Cars 2 confirmed that suspicion. Since then, Pixar and their …

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War & Animal Companionship in ‘Megan Leavey’

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(2017—Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite) High ★★★ (out of 5 stars) At first glance, combining the friendship of a human and a dog with the harsh realities of war end up manipulating the emotions in an unnatural way. Fortunately, the true story of Megan Leavey and her war dog Rex steers clear of sentimental overload. Their chemistry matches …

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‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’—A Rough But Overall Positive U-Turn for the Franchise

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(2017—Directors: Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg) Low ★★★ (out of 5 stars) Six years removed from the last installment of Pirates of the Caribbean and with another directorial shift (this time to the directorial team behind the 2012 Oscar-nominated historical drama Kon-Tiki), Disney, Johnny Depp, and company return for the fifth time to this fantasy swashbuckling …

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‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’—Legend Meets Excessive Style

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(2017—Director: Guy Ritchie) ★★ 1/2 (out of 5 stars) Director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) tends to emphasize style over substance in his films. This remains the case with his latest work—Warner Bros.’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Ritchie tries to combine the classical nature of Arthurian legends with his trademark …

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Defeat and Victory Synchronize in ‘Dunkirk’

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(2017—Director: Christopher Nolan) ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) “He’s shell-shocked, George. He’s not himself. He may never be himself again.” — Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance) on Shivering Soldier (Cillian Murphy) Potential spoilers below Since the start of this millennium, few filmmakers have earned the widespread critical praise and commercial success as British-American writer, producer, and director …

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Marvel’s Cage Match: Netflix’s ‘Luke Cage’ Review

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— By Carly Twehous — In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years or in case you’re one of the four remaining American citizens without a Netflix account, Marvel has been creating an empire for the small screen, starring everyone’s favorite vigilantes of Hell’s Kitchen. Luke Cage and the preceding …

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A Wounded Soldier Enters the Lionesses’ Den in ‘The Beguiled’

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(2017—Director: Sofia Coppola) High ★★★ 1/2 (out of 5 stars) Sofia Coppola, daughter of the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now director Francis Ford Coppola, continues to be a formidable female voice in modern cinema. With her adaptation of Thomas P. Cullinan’s 1966 novel, she boldly and brilliantly stripped the Southern Gothic story down to an …