[FILM REVIEW] Juno (Jason Reitman, 2007)

A sixteen-year-old high-school student named Juno MacGuff has just discovered she is pregnant. The father is a good friend of hers – Paulie Bleeker, though she didn’t count on this to result from his first time. Realizing she wouldn’t be fit to raise this child, she initially considers an abortion. When she reaches the clinic, however, she changes her mind and decides to put the baby up for adoption instead. Juno manages to find a couple – Mark and Vanessa – willing to agree to a closed adoption.

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[FILM REVIEW] Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Rob Letterman, 2019)

Tim Goodman is a 21-year-old insurance salesman who once aspired to become a Pokémon Trainer. These dreams came to an end when his mother died. Because his father was never around, he distanced himself from the creatures that inhabit his world. One day, he receives terrible news. His father died in an automotive accident. Upon visiting his father’s apartment in Ryme City, he meets an individual who may prove instrumental in investigating the circumstances of his father’s fate.

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[FILM REVIEW] John Wick: Chapter 2 (Chad Stahelski, 2017)

WARNING: The very premise of this film contains spoilers for the series thus far.

Four days have passed since the famed, widely feared assassin John Wick took revenge on a young criminal named Iosef Tarasov and his father, Viggo. The hitman has unfinished business with Viggo’s next of kin, for his prized 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 remains in the possession of the crime lord’s brother, Abram. John carves a bloody swath through Abram’s henchman, though he spares him when he is allowed to leave with the vehicle in peace. With his task at last complete, he cements his weapons into the ground once more. However, he is about to learn that retirement is not in his future.

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[FILM REVIEW] Rocketman (Dexter Fletcher, 2019)

Reginald “Reggie” Dwight, better known as Elton John, has checked into rehab. He admits to his various vices, being addicted to cocaine, prescription drugs, sex, and excessive shopping. To get a clear understanding of what brought him to where he is now, he reflects on his life. Before he became Elton John, Reggie was an ordinary child living in the United Kingdom. One day, he showed a knack for playing the piano. Despite his father wishing his son to pursue more practical career paths, Reggie is eventually allowed to study at the Royal Academy of Music. The instructors couldn’t possibly have known they were about to witness the birth of a rock legend.

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[FILM REVIEW] John Wick (Chad Stahelski, 2014)

The wife of a man named John Wick has succumbed to a terminal illness. Just before she died, she had given John a gift to help him with the grieving process: a beagle puppy named Daisy. Over the next few days, he bonds with the puppy, driving her around in his vintage 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1. Trouble brews when at a gas station, a trio of hoodlums led by a young Russian gangster named Iosef Tarasov insists on buying his car. John assures him the car is not for sale, but Iosef refuses to take “no” for an answer. He makes his frustrations known when he and his cohorts follow John to his house, knock him unconscious, kill Daisy, and steal his car.

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[FILM REVIEW] Booksmart (Olivia Wilde, 2019)

Two close childhood friends, Amy and Molly, are about to graduate from high school. After graduating, Amy plans to travel to Botswana for a few months while Molly has been admitted to a prestigious school. The two of them have a reputation for being overachievers, choosing not to party and instead focusing on their studies. While using a restroom, Molly overhears her peers making fun of her. Molly then realizes that she and Amy didn’t have enough fun in high school and should use the remaining time before graduation and go to an end-of-year party being held by a popular kid named Nick.

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[FILM REVIEW] Legion (Scott Stewart, 2010)

A winged being descends onto Earth in Los Angeles. He then raids a weapons warehouse and steals a police car, traveling towards the edge of the Mojave Desert. Elsewhere, a single father named Kyle stops at the Paradise Falls Diner. There, he meets the owner, Bob Hanson. Also at the diner is Bob’s son, Jeep, a short-order cook named Percy, Charlie, a pregnant waitress, Howard and Sandra Anderson, a married couple, and Audrey, their teenage daughter. Though it appears to be an ordinary day, things take a turn for the strange when the diner’s communications equipment fails and an anomalously hostile elderly woman steps inside.

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[FILM REVIEW] Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955)

In the rural Bengal village of Nischindipur, Harihar Roy does whatever he can to provide for his family. He lives with his wife, daughter, and an elderly cousin – Sarbajaya, Durga, and Indir. Indir and Sarbajaya cannot stand one another, though Durga has a fondness for the former, often stealing fruit from a wealthy neighbor’s orchid for her. Harihar is especially determined to find work because his wife is pregnant with their second child. When he is born, they name him Apurba – or Apu.

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[FILM REVIEW] Thor: The Dark World (Alan Taylor, 2013)

In the distant past, Bor, the father of Odin, faced off against Malekith. The leader of the Dark Elves sought to unleash a weapon called the Aether on the Nine Realms before Bor handed him a crushing defeat. Following his victory, Bor secured the Aether in a stone column, though Malekith and a portion of his forces manage to escape.

It is now the year 2013 and Loki, the adopted son of Odin, stands trial for instigating a coordinated attack with the Chitauri in New York City one year prior. Meanwhile, the Bifröst has been recently reconstructed, causing no shortage of turmoil in the Nine Realms. Thor, along with Frandral, Volstagg, and Sif, repel an invading army on Vanaheim. After achieving victory, Thor and his comrades learn of the Convergence – a rare event in which the Nine Realms align. This causes interdimensional portals to appear at random. One such portal happens to be in London, England on Earth, drawing the attention of Dr. Jane Foster.

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[FILM REVIEW] Thor (Kenneth Branagh, 2011)

In the year 965 A.D., a fierce battle was waged between Odin, the king of Asgard, and the Frost Giants of Jotunheim. The Frost Giants’ leader, Laufey, would stop at nothing to conquer the nine realms, intending to start with Earth. Before his ambitions came to pass, the Asgardian warriors defeated the Frost Giants in in Tønsberg, Norway. In doing so, they seized the source of the Frost Giants’ power: the Casket of Ancient Winters. It is now the year 2011 and Odin’s son, Thor is prepared to ascend to the throne of Asgard. However, after hearing about the Frost Giants’ desire to reclaim the Casket, he, without Odin’s knowledge, travels to Jotunheim to confront Laufey. Assisting him are his brother, Loki, childhood friend, Sif, and the Warriors Three:  Fandral, Volstagg, and Hogun. Though he is doubtlessly brave for his efforts, Thor may suffer a dire consequence for his rash actions.

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