WENDY – Review by Brandy McDonnell

But Zeitlin’s sophomore cinematic effort fails to take flight, as an unshakeable sense of having seen this story grounds an interesting film that boasts some indelible moments. Surprisingly, that “been there, done that” feeling doesn’t stem from Zeitlin’s retelling “Peter Pan” as much as from the sense that he has rebooted his memorable 2012 breakout “Beasts of the Southern Wild” with Barrie’s familiar mythology as a framework.

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I STILL BELIEVE – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Following the $86 million global haul for “I Can Only Imagine,” Lionsgate partnered with the Erwins to form a new production company, Kingdom Story, and “I Still Believe” is the first film to come down that pipeline. So, faith-based film fans can believe they will see more movies like this one coming soon to theaters.

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ONWARD – Review by Brandy McDonnell

“Onward” represents a huge leap for director/co-writer Dan Scanlon over his previous Pixar feature, the passable “Monsters University,” because it feels personal – and it is. He based the core story on his own experiences growing up without his father, who died when the filmmaker just was a baby, and those emotions resonate throughout the film.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: AFI Gala Honoring Julie Andrews Pushed Back – Brandy McDonnell reports

The American Film Institute is postponing its 48th annual AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute honoring Dame Julie Andrews in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, film festivals, other events and movie premieres, including Austin’s SXSW, Santa Clarita’s Cinequest and Bentonville Film Festival are among these that have been postponed — or cancelled.

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THE INVISIBLE MAN – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Whannell gets decent mileage out of predictable scare tactics like doors that mysteriously drift open, breathy vapor that appears out of nowhere and rain outlining a shadowy figure. Although he lets the run time get a little long, Moss’ propulsive performance keeps driving the narrative relentlessly forward.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Keaton, Midler, Hawn Reunite for FAMILY JEWELS – Brandy McDonnell reports

Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn will reunite on the big screen for the first time since 1996’s First Wives Club in the yuletide comedy Family Jewels. The dynamic trio of iconic performers will star as three women spending Christmas together, along with their kids and grandkids, after the man they were all once married to dies in a New York City department store.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Awkwafina Gambles on fact-based BACCARAT MACHINE – Brandy McDonnell reports

Awkwafina is set to star in SK Global’s upcoming The Baccarat Machine (working title), a feature inspired by the true story of the most successful female gambler in modern history, Cheung Yin “Kelly” Sun, who teamed with living legend poker player Phil Ivey to beat the system.

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