THE OLD GUARD – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

For the first time this summer, I’m not missing all the big loud comic-book movies we’re being bombarded with in an alt-timeline. I like those movies, but they do tend to dominate the pop-culture conversation. With them off the radar this year, there’s room to breathe for a fantastic little pulp comic-book movie like The Old Guard.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 10, 2020: THE OLD GUARD

Anyone who enjoys watching Charlize Theron kick ass is going to get a kick out of The Old Guard, director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s adaptation of Greg Rucka’s graphic novels about a squad of immortal mercenaries who fight for the good of humanity. Not only is it full of popcorn action, but it raises interesting questions about duty, loyalty, and chosen families.

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Gina Prince-Bythewood: Action=Story+Emotion in THE OLD GUARD – Leslie Combemale interviews

Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Old Guard brings a new level of diverse representation to the sci-fi action genre, and a sense of authenticity that comes from action that’s so strongly based in characterization and character motivation.

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THE OLD GUARD – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

As superhero action movies based on a series of comic books go, Netflix’s The Old Guard manages to spin a few new tricks on an overdone genre as it takes its cues from Peter Parker’s motto, “With great power comes great responsibility,” but with a twist at its center. The main quartet of crusaders vanquishing evil in this adventure are centuries-old immortal mercenaries who have the ability to magically heal their own wounds and live to see many more days of do-gooding.

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THE OLD GUARD – Review by Nikki Baughan

In the hands of director Gina Prince-Bythewood, The Old Guard is a far more subtle and introspective superhero movie than we’re used to seeing. That may have something to do with the fact that it’s a straight-to-streaming Netflix original, but its focus on the emotional and physical toll of saving the world offers a welcome change from the consequence-free carnage that usually heralds the arrival of the summer blockbuster season.

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BOMBSHELL – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Directed by Jay Roach (HBO’s “Game Change”), there’s a cheeky playfulness to the film that’s unneeded, borderline offensive and counterintuitive. Even the movie’s title seems to winkingly marvel that a group of beautiful blondes – which was basically a requirement for a woman working at Fox News – brought down Ailes, undermining both what they suffered in his allegedly toxic workplace and what they risked in speaking out.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Palm Springs Film Fest honors Laura Dern – Brandy McDonnell reports

Laura Dern will receive the Career Achievement Award at the 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California, on January 2, 2020. Also to be honored at the ceremony are Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron and Renee Zellwegger.

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Charlize Theron’s BOMBSHELL Transformation – April Neale reports

Charlize Theron’s Bombshellstunning facial transformation for her role as Megyn Kelly is so flawless that it looks like she had plastic surgery — but she did not. It was the exceptional work of award-winning Local 706 special effects makeup artist Kazu Hiro, a devoted student of the late makeup master, Dick Smith.

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BOMBSHELL – Review by Leslie Combemale

The way Bombshell leaves viewers suggests that Ailes’ ouster left a softer, safer Fox News in his wake. That part of the film is a bit of what Fox excels in: fake news. How would you like to be a member of one of the diverse communities Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson have consistently insulted, only to see these women lionized? Watch the film for Charlize Theron’s spot-on portrayal. Let the rest go. The storyline is peak white feminism.

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