Shazam! (2019)

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Everyone dreams of being a superhero. But what does it take to actually become one? Well, in the case of Billy Batson, a 14-year-old foster kid looking for his mom, all it takes is uttering a single word: Shazam! Doing so transforms him into a grown man, with flight, super strength, hyper speed, and the ability to shoot lightning from his fingers. And yet this grown-up version of Billy retains his childlike mind, so, naturally, he does all the things a teenager with superpowers would actually do. Namely, show off for girls and make money. But he’ll have to grow up fast because there’s a villain on the loose, and he’s looking to take Billy’s powers, and use them for things far less innocent and fun. Can Billy and his foster family stop him in time? Watch the movie to find out. Continue reading

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The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)

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One night, while running away from bullies, young Alex Elliot stumbles into a construction yard. There, he finds a sword lodged in a stone, and being a curious 12-year-old, decides to pull it out. Upon doing so, he discovers some Latin written on the hilt, which, when entered into Google Translate, reads “Sword of Arthur.” Alex is skeptical at first, thinking it impossible for this to be the real Excalibur, but when demonic warriors try to kill him, and an eccentric young man, claiming to be Merlin, tells him that he must assemble a group of knights to stop the evil Morgan Le Fay, or else the world will end, he starts to reconsider. Continue reading

Inside Out

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Imaginative, moving, and in many cases, very, very funny, Pixar’s latest feature, Inside Out, is a magnificent movie, well worth the price of a ticket. Regardless of whether you’re old or young, black or white, straight or gay, I guarantee that you’ll walk out of this film with a huge smile on your face. It’s that good, loved ones! It’s that good!

Now, I realize that that’s a pretty bold assertion to make, and that I might be the slightest bit biased in this matter. After all, I grew up on Pixar movies. Toy Story, The Incredibles, Monster’s Inc–these films were my childhood. Still, I’m more than a little convinced that my adoration of this picture has nothing to do with my own nostalgic love of the company that made it. The movie currently holds a 98% approval rating on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. It’s made more than $400 million at the box office. I saw it in a movie theater packed with people–most of them adults–who were laughing just as hard, if not harder, than myself. So, yeah, I think it’s safe to say that the movie’s objectively good.

But what is the movie about? Well, it’s essentially the story of what goes on inside a little girl’s head. Her brain is a massive city. Her emotions are people with differing personalities. Her memories are these little glowing orbs that form the foundations of all the buildings. And if they get lost, oh boy, bad things happen! And that, in essence, is what this story is about–the little girl, RIley, loses her core memories, and two of her emotions, Joy and Sadness, have to go retrieve them in a wacky, colorful, and downright beautiful adventure.

As I’ve said before, there’s a lot to admire about this film. The animation is amazing. The writing is brilliant. The humor is spot on. And the creativity with which the filmmakers crafted this world is nothing short of spectacular. I don’t want to waste anyone else’s time by being redundant, so I’ll just say this. Inside Out is a near-perfect movie that I’m sure you’ll all enjoy if you choose to go see it. It’s a 9 out of 10. Watch it, love it, and watch it again!

 

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