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Sarah Knight Adamson

“Despicable Me 4” (PG) ★★★½

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“Despicable Me 4” (2024), the newest installment in Illumination’s fan-favorite franchise, continues its predecessors’ fun, fast-paced, and visually appealing structure. The film’s stunning animation, vibrant colors, and attention to detail are sure to captivate fans of the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise. Beginning with a high-stakes brawl at Gru’s school reunion, the…

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Inside Out 2 (PG) ★★★½

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“Inside Out 2” not only maintains its predecessor’s core inner balance theme but also delves into the realm of teen anxiety with a unique twist of ‘imperfection ‘. The movie is a visual treat, showcasing the trademark eye-popping, spontaneous, and innovative animation of Disney PIXAR. The movie Fast-forwards to Riley,…

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IF (PG) ★★

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“IF” tells the story of Bea (Cailey Fleming), a 12-year-old girl who is spending time with her grandmother (Fiona Shaw) while her single father (John Krasinski) prepares for heart surgery. Bea, whose mother died a few years ago due to cancer, insists that she is no longer a child, which…

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The Fall Guy (PG-13)

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Ryan Gosling stars as a Hollywood stuntman and Emily Blunt portrays a film director, in “The Fall Guy” the movie is playing now in theaters. Before the film started there is a short introduction by director David Leitch who was actually a stunt man for Matt Damon and Brad Pitt,…

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One Life (PG) ★★★★

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“One Life” is a heartwarming film I screened during the Toronto Film Festival; it stars Anthony Hopkins as Nicholas Winton, an English stockbroker in a true story. In 1938 he helped save over 600 children during the holocaust by transporting them mainly by trains from Prague to London to escape…

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Shirley (PG-13) ★★★★

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Here’s the best component of the movie “Shirley”—Regina King, the star who portrays Shirley Chisholm. Hands down, she embodies her actions, timing, and subtle nuances. Think Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth in her Oscar-winning performance in “The Queen.” Yes, she’s that good. And honestly, in a biopic, the subject has…

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Dune: Part Two (R) ★★★★

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Once in a while, a sweeping saga masterpiece comes along, such as 1977’s “Star Wars,” retroactively retitled “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” by George Lucas or Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings trilogy” 2001-2003 or James Cameron’s (2009) “Avatar”— “Dune: Part 2” is most definitely in…

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Ordinary Angels (PG) ★★★½

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Set in 1993, with flashbacks, Ed (Alan Ritchson), a hard-working roofer’s treasured wife, Theresa (Amy Acker), has died of a congenital liver disease, biliary atresia, which their youngest daughter Michelle (Emily Mitchell) also has; she’s in desperate need of a lung transplant. Her medical bills keep adding up, and her…

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