ALONG FOR THE RIDE – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

What is it about a summer beach romance? The young adult drama Along for the Ride hits some familiar beats but has a charming old-fashioned sweetness, like the fried dough or waffles and ice cream treats along the shore. Making her feature directing debut, writer Sofia Alvarez adapts best-selling author Sarah Dessen’s novel about a bright high school graduate during the summer before college. Along for the Ride is an enjoyable trip.

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MAID – Review by Martha K Baker

The creator of Maid, Molly Smith Metzler, wrought fiction from Maid, a good book of facts about poverty in America. Although it’s best to remember that the television series is not the book (kind of like Nomadland“, the Netflix series sincerely studies poverty — especially its burden on women.

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READY OR NOT – Brandy McDonnell reviews

Writers Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy clearly want to take on the self-centered entitlement of the rich with the same horror-comedy ferocity that Jordan Peele smacked down racism in his Oscar-winning hit “Get Out.” But “Ready or Not” isn’t nearly as smart or sharply written, coming up short on both consistent laughs and true scares.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 29 – July 5: MAGIC MIKE XXL

Opening July 1, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Magic Mike XXL, the follow-up to Steven Soderbergh’s surprise 2012 hit about a troupe of male strippers. Channing Tatum is back as the eponymous lead dancer, with thrilling dance moves, smooth charm and an admirable attention to friendship. Director Gregory Jacobs drives the film to one last blow-out performance. Read on…

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