MEAN GIRLS – Review by T. J. Callahan

Tupperware may be stodgy, but The Plastics are still in the pink, continuing to rule their school some 20 years later in an in tune Mean Girls movie for a new generation. It’s a big screen version of the best of the Broadway musical adapted from the 2004 feature film, all penned by the “grool” Tina Fey. While following the original premise, this Mean Girls is a bit edgier and darker. Mean Girls, the musical, can never replace its modern classic model, but it’s fetch enough for the next generation.

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MEAN GIRLS – Review by Leslie Combemale

Remember, humans, it’s our kindness and empathy that matter, not the meager power or pretty meat sacks what leverage in our social interactions. This update, co-directed by Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr, with a book by ’04 screenwriter Tina Fey, drives that message home far better than its predecessor. I’m not sure this Mean Girls update will become a classic, per se, but it’s certainly more than just an entertaining diversion. It’s one hell of a vehicle for the cast, and also a fun message movie about belonging, personal responsibly, sense of self, and the value of friendship. This one just happens to come dressed in pink.

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MEAN GIRLS – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

The new Mean Girls follows the same general narrative beats as the 2004 film, but it’s more an adaptation of the 2018 Broadway musical adaptation of the original film. While it has some enjoyable performances, it’s also more of an ensemble, a self-described cautionary tale with a “just be nice” message that feels more rushed than organic. This might appeal to fans of the musical, but having rewatched the original film recently, I found that one way more fetch.

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THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME – Review by Susan Granger

Adapted from Laura Dave’s 2001 best-seller, the limited series The Last Thing He Told Me finds relatively newly married Hannah (Jennifer Garner) teaming up with her 16 year-old step-daughter Bailey (Angourie Rice) to track down her husband Owen Michaels (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who has gone missing. It’s an interesting premise but lacks the kind of edgy urgency that would make it into a compelling thriller.

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MARE OF EASTTOWN – Review by Susan Granger

New season = new series to stream. Kate Winslet stars as an exhauted detective in this compelling seven-episode HBO mystery set in a small, working-class town in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Life isn’t easy for Mare Sheehan (Winslet), who is desperately trying to solve a perplexing murder case revolving a teenage girl found sprawled in a creek deep in the woods. Townspeople are wondering whether this grim discovery has anything to do with another young girl-gone-missing a year ago.

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