SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS – Review by Susan Kamyab

DC has always struggled to make solid, coherent superhero movies. One of the few times they got it right was with the first Shazam. Sadly, lightening fails to strike twice in Shazam! Fury of the Gods. The first 45 minutes starts off strong, but as usual, DC doesn’t seem to learn that less is more. They quickly try to jam so much action and detail into the last half that the storylines get muddled, so you lose interest in the characters, and worst of all, the movie begins to drag.

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SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS – Review by Nadine Whitney

David F. Sandberg’s 2019 Shazam! felt like a breath of fresh air in the grim, dark world of the DC Extended Universe. The tale is about Billy Batson (Asher Angel/Zachary Levi), a kid rejected by his family, the foster system, and the world in general. He finds a family and gets superpowers from a mysterious wizard (Djimon Hounsou) who gives him a quick rundown on what to do and then disappears into dust. It was rife with humour and pathos. Sandberg described the projects as Big with superpowers, and to an extent it was, but it was also about Billy coming to terms with his past and seeing how he had an opportunity to shape his future.

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THE KING’S MAN – Review by Susan Granger

This prequel to writer/director Matthew Vaughn’s previous comedy/action/adventure reveals the origins of the super-secret British agency headquartered in a discreet tailor’s shop on London’s fashionable Savile Row. Set during World War I, the irreverent story revolves around Orlando, Duke of Oxford (Ralph Fiennes), who is determined to prevent a nefarious cabal, led by The Shepherd, from annihilating Europe’s ruling class and creating anarchy.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 28-Aug. 3: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Opening Aug. 1, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Guardians of the Galaxy, the Marvel Studios franchise, with its 2017 sequel recently announced at Comic-Con. Directed by James Gunn and co-written by Nicole Perlman, the film is filled with eye-popping CGI and spectacle. It has just the right mix of action, comedy and heart that makes for a super successful superhero movie. The cast is led by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro, and features the voice talents of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. Read on…

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