JUNGLE CRUISE – Review by Leslie Combemale

Whoever pitched Disney’s new feature Jungle Cruise must have been a master of hyperbole. “It’s The Mummy meets Pirates of the Caribbean meets African Queen, but imagine Katherine Hepburn as a younger, smokin’ yet independent English hottie, and add the highest paid actor in the world.” If there were ever a final argument for ‘there’s nothing new under the sun’, Jungle Cruise would be it.

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JUNGLE CRUISE – Review by Martha K Baker

Erase all thoughts of Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in African Queen from your mind. Delete scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Pretend you’re back at Disneyland on the Jungle Cruise because it lasts eight minutes compared to the film’s 127. The film version equals a theme park ride in fake-itude. Jungle Cruise, loud and long, is about as solid as the floating vegetation on the Amazon River.

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JUNGLE CRUISE – Review by Susan Granger

Encouraged by the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Disney launches this fantasy/adventure, based on the theme park attraction. It begins in 1916 London, where intrepid botanist/explorer Lily Houghton sneaks into a snobbish science society to steal an arrowhead thought to be the key to finding the Tears of the Moon, a sacred tree hidden in the Amazon jungle whose petals have miraculous healing powers.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander women in the lead – Brandy McDonnel reports

Despite promising signs of improved representation, the movie business clearly has plenty of work to do on behalf of Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. With the exception of blockbusters starring Dwayne Johnson, a new study found that Hollywood’s most popular movies have rarely featured Asians or Pacific Islanders in leading roles.

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HOBBS & SHAW – Review by Susan Granger

After 18 years and eight feature films in the Fast and Furious franchise, this macho-men fantasia has become known for its goofy bickering banter, explosive car chases and gratuitous violence. Not surprisingly, screenwriters Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce and director David Leitch continue the lunacy, noting Shaw’s short “Hobbit legs” and Hobbs’ looking like “a giant tattooed baby.”

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HOBBS & SHAW – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

In Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw the new spin-off drama from the Fast & Furious franchise, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) reluctantly join forces to take down a cybernetically enhanced villain (Idris Elba) who is hellbent on obtaining a super virus so he can develop mean, lean fighting hybrid machines like him that will rule the world.

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FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY – Review by Susan Granger

Since I don’t watch pro wrestling on TV, I was unfamiliar with World Wrestling Entertainment’s Diva champion Paige who inspired this shamelessly self-promoting real-life biopic. Saraya-Jade Bevis was raised by parents, Ricky (Nick Frost) and Julia (Lena Headley) Knight, who run a minor-league wrestling league in Norwich, England.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 25-31: SAN ANDREAS

Opening May 22, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Tomorrowland, this summer’s big-budget disaster extravaganza from director Brad Peyton, starring Dwayne Johnson as a helicopter pilot struggling to reach his daughter after a massive earthquake devastates California. Read on…

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