THE MORNING SHOW Season 3 – Review by Susan Granger

With 16 Emmy nominations, The Morning Show has finally become a major contender in the 2024 Drama Series race as showrunner Charlotte Stoudt catapulted it into the modern-day media crisis era with its 10-episode third season. New York City-based anchorwomen Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) and Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon) are now on very different paths. What will become of compelling former UBA CEO Cory Ellison (Billy Crudup) who over-leveraged the company but was fired because of his questionable romantic relationship with Bradley? And will there be a place for Bradley’s now-ex, NBN anchor Laura Peterson (Julianna Margulies)?

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FARGO Season 5 – Review by Diane Carson

Fans of the 1996 film Fargo and the television series of the same title know that calm, understated, traditional fare will never dominate the narrative. This pattern holds true in Fargo’s fifth season set in 2019 Minnesota and North Dakota, as titles repeatedly remind us. This iteration blissfully delivers the desired off-beat humor and distinctive, inimitable violence. Very serious issues undergird the entire series, most significantly domestic abuse cloaked as the divine-directed dominance of wives by husbands. Creator Noah Hawley manages to entertain and inject humor into the weighty content.

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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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WEEK IN WOMEN: Aniston/Witherspoon’s MORNING SHOW sets Season Three Premiere – Brandy McDonnell reports

Apple TV+ will premiere next month the highly anticipated third season of The Morning Show, starring and executive produced by Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. In Season 3, the future of the network is thrown into question and loyalties are pushed to the brink when a tech titan takes an interest in UBA. Unexpected alliances form, private truths are weaponized, and everyone is forced to confront their core values both in and out of the newsroom. The Emmy-, SAG- and Critics Choice Award-winning drama, which has already received an early renewal for Season 4, is directed and executive produced by Mimi Leder.

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CONFESS FLETCH – Review by Martha K Baker

Get ready to experience a Fletch film sans Chevy Chase. Get ready to give Jon Hamm a chance at the grail that is Fletch, a charming, discombobulated detective and, most interesting –and to him significant — a former investigative reporter. That life provided expertise for being an investigative detective, he insists. To wit: When interrogated whether he has income from unsavory sources, he responds, “Writing for in-flight magazines is as unsavory as it gets.”

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 6-12: MINIONS

Opening July 10, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Minions, the spin-off from hit animations Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, which gives the eponymous yellow critters the spotlight to themselves as they search for the perfect evil boss. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Aug. 25-31: THE CONGRESS

Opening Aug. 29, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is The Congress, from writer-director Ari Folman and starring Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Paul Giamatti, and Jon Hamm. The unusual film combines live action and animation to present a unique premise set in a world in the not-too-distant future where Wright gives a studio control over her digital likeness for use in perpetuity. Read on…

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