[FILM REVIEW] Spider-Man: Homecoming (Jon Watts, 2017)

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

One year ago, a high school student named Peter Parker was approached by philanthropist Tony Stark with an interesting proposition. The Avengers were in the middle of a heated internal dispute in Berlin, Germany. Around this time, a new superhero calling himself Spider-Man had appeared in Queens, New York, becoming an internet sensation in the process. Through his resources, Stark deduced that Parker and Spider-Man are one in the same, and recruited the student to help resolve the conflict. In the end, the Avengers were torn asunder and Parker returned to his studies at the Midtown School of Science and Technology after Stark told him he was not ready to become a full-time Avenger. Returning to school, he faces a challenge that may give his fight with Steve Rogers a run for its money: asking his crush to the homecoming dance.

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[FILM REVIEW] 24 Hour Party People (Michael Winterbottom, 2002)

On June 4, 1976, a television presenter named Tony Wilson watched the Sex Pistols perform at the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall. The audience for the pioneering punk band was decidedly small; fewer than fifty people attended. Nonetheless, many of these people would go on to have promising music careers of their own. To harness the energy of this new wave of music sweeping Manchester, Wilson founds a record label he dubs Factory Records, signing a promising collected called Joy Division as their first band.

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[FILM REVIEW] Midsommar (Ari Aster, 2019)

Dani Ardor is a college student in a relationship with one Christian Hughes. He is an emotionally distant man – to the point where one of his friends, Mark, suggests they break up. However, one night, he receives a particularly disturbing call from Dani. Her bipolar sister has just committed a heinous murder-suicide, stealing the lives of their parents before taking her own. The next summer, Dani, while attending a party with Christian, learns that he and his three friends, Mark, Josh, and Pelle, have been invented to attend a midsummer celebration in Hälsingland, Sweden. Pelle hails from the country and the festivities take place once every ninety years at an ancestral commune known as the Hårga. Once Dani learns of their trip, Christian hesitantly invites her to join them.

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[FILM REVIEW] Toy Story 4 (Josh Cooley, 2019)

Nine years ago, one toy belonging to a child named Andy Davis, R.C., had been caught in a fierce rainstorm. Andy’s favorite toy, Woody, led a rescue operation and managed to bring him back into the house. However, in the midst of the operation, Andy’s younger sister, Molly, entered the scene. As toys act insentient around humans, Woody could do nothing to prevent one of his friends, Bo Peep, from being donated along with her sheep. Woody tried to convince her to stay, but Bo reminded him that all toys must leave their owners one day. Realizing Andy still needed him, Woody stayed behind.

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[FILM REVIEW] Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich, 2010)

With Andy Davis heading for college, his toys begin to worriedly reflect on their own future. They have not been played with in years, and a majority of them are gone. The army men, declaring their job done, parachute out the window. All hope isn’t lost, for Andy decides to take Woody with him to college and intends to place the rest of his toys in the attic. However, through a series of misunderstandings, Ms. Davis believes the bag containing the toys for a normal trash bag and places it on the curb. Saddened that Andy would throw them away, they climb into a donation box along with Molly’s old Barbie doll en route to Sunnyside Daycare. Knowing Andy has not abandoned them, Woody attempts to convince his fellow toys of the truth, though he will find the task more difficult than he ever could have imagined.

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[FILM REVIEW] Toy Story 2 (John Lasseter, 1999)

Andy Davis is preparing to go to summer camp. He intends to bring his favorite toy – a cowboy figure named Woody. However, while playing with him, he inadvertently tears the figure. Andy’s mother tells her son to leave Woody behind out of fear of damaging him further. Woody is now highly afraid of being thrown out – a fear that has come to pass for one of his peers. Wheezy, a squeeze toy penguin, has not seen the light of day for several months upon breaking his squeaker. Andy’s mother then sets Wheezy up at a yard sale. Determined to rescue his friend, Woody leaps into action.

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[FILM REVIEW] Toy Story (John Lasseter, 1995)

Andy Davis is an ordinary boy growing up in a suburban home. Like many kids, he loves playing with toys. His favorite toy is a cowboy figure named Woody. However, the world in which Andy lives has a secret. Toys are living beings that simply pretend to be lifeless whenever humans are present. Because Andy’s family intends to move soon, his parents decide to celebrate his birthday a week early. Little does he know that one toy he receives will end up disrupting the dynamic between the ones he currently owns.

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[FILM REVIEW] F for Fake (Orson Welles, 1973)

After the Second World War ended, a man hailing from Ibiza, Spain named Elmyr de Hory arrived in Paris and attempted to make a living as an artist. Through his endeavors, he discovered he had an uncanny ability to copy styles of famous painters. In 1946, he sold a pen-and-ink drawing to a British woman who believed it to be an original work by Picasso. Having little money to his name, he went against his scruples and sold his forgery as the genuine article. Nearly three decades later, the French filmmaker François Reichenbach hired Orson Welles to edit and narrate a documentary about de Hory. However, as the project blossomed, more and more narratives became intertwined. When all was said and done, the result would be the final film of Orson Welles’s released in his lifetime: F for Fake.

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[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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