Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, 2019)

Charlie Barber is a theater director residing in New York City. He has been highly successful, and his current production stars his wife, Nicole. However, while the couple appears to be happy on the surface, their domestic life is decidedly troubled. They are seeing a marriage counselor to rekindle the feelings of love they once had, but even this proves unhelpful. The relationship reaches a point of no return when Nicole, having been offered the starring role in a pilot in Los Angeles, leaves Charlie’s company to her mother’s residence in West Hollywood, taking their son, Henry, with her.

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Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi, 2019)

Johannes Betzler, better known as Jojo, is a boy ten years of age. Despite being considered scrawny by his peers, he is, by most accounts an ordinary kid – except for the minor detail that he has an imaginary friend named Adolf Hitler. Jojo is one of the many children indoctrinated in the mandatory Hitler Youth program. Even as the tides of conflict have turned against Nazi Germany, the jingoistic Jojo remains ever hopeful that his country will prevail.

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Avengers: Endgame (Anthony Russo & Joe Russo, 2019)

WARNING: The very premise of this film contains spoilers for the series thus far. If you intend to watch Avengers: Infinity War blind, do not read any part of this review.

The unthinkable has happened. Thanos the Mad Titan has seized every single one of the six Infinity Stones, thereby completing the Infinity Gauntlet. With a snap of his fingers, half of the universe’s population disintegrated into dust. Countless heroes lost their lives, the Guardians of the Galaxy have fallen, and those who remain face a foe of incalculable power. With the Infinity Stones at their full potential, Thanos has control over all life in the universe, time, and every single mind in existence. Even if they mounted a resistance against him, he could easily stop them before they had a chance to effect their plan. If they were to defy the odds and strike him down, he would simply erase his defeat and respond in kind with a force his assailant couldn’t even dream of standing up to. Even with a powerful reinforcement in the form of Carol Danvers, do the surviving heroes stand a chance against this omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent enemy?

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Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony Russo & Joe Russo, 2018)

Thor, Loki, Hulk, and the Asgardians have left their home world following an event known as the Twilight of the Gods – Ragnarok. However, their spaceship has been intercepted by the one who orchestrated Loki’s attack on New York City: Thanos. The Mad Titan has recently acquired the Power Stone from Planet Xandar and will stop at nothing to obtain the remaining five. The Infinity Gauntlet Thanos bears will unlock the Infinity Stones’ true potential. With them all in hand, he intends to kill off half of the universe’s population. With the Avengers divided thanks to the efforts of Colonel Helmut Zemo, Earth’s mightiest heroes will need to do everything they can to prevent Thanos’s unconscionable ambitions from coming to pass.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon, 2015)

The Avengers have been called to the Eastern European country of Sokovia. They are an all-star superhero team consisting of Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Thor, Bruce Banner, Natasha Romanoff, and Clint Barton. They have been asked to raid a facility owned by an elite terrorist organization known as Hydra. The commander’s name is Wolfgang von Stucker. There, they are besieged by two of Stucker’s test subjects: Pietro Maximoff and Wanda Maximoff. The former possesses superhuman speed while the latter is both telepathic and telekinetic. Regardless, the Avengers are able to apprehend Strucker and retrieve what they’ve been looking for: Loki’s scepter.

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The Avengers (Joss Whedon, 2012)

Nick Fury, the director of espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D., along with his lieutenant Maria Hill, arrive at a remote research facility. There, Dr. Erik Selvig is leading an investigation on an object of great power known as the Tesseract. Agent Phil Coulson explains to them that it has been radiating a strange energy as of late. The Tesseract suddenly opens a wormhole from which a being of unknown origin emerges. He identifies himself as Loki, the Asgardian god of deceit and trickery from Norse mythology. Arriving to subjugate the planet Earth and the humans who dwell upon it, Loki seizes the Tesseract and uses his scepter to enslave Dr. Selvig and various agents, including the expert marksman Clint Barton. Realizing the threat Loki poses, Fury activates a defense plan seventeen years in the making: the Avengers Initiative.

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The Prestige (Christopher Nolan, 2006)

As the nineteenth century comes to a close, Robert Angier and Alfred Borden work as shills for a famous magician in London. One trick in the magician’s repertoire involves Angier’s wife, Julia, escaping from a water tank while tied up. The act takes a tragic turn when Julia fails to escape the tank and drowns despite the shills’ best efforts. Furious over the loss of his wife, Angier blames Borden, believing that tying a double knot directly caused this tragedy. Shortly thereafter, the two launch their own careers, fiercely determined to upstage the other in a war that threatens to consume them both.

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