LISA FRANKENSTEIN – Review by T.J. Callahan

Very loosely based on the Mary Shelley novel, Frankenstein and a parody of the graphic design company “Lisa Frank”, Lisa Frankenstein is described as a coming of RAGE love story between a teenage social outcast and the corpse she has a crush on. After a crazy graveyard lightning storm brings The Creature back to life, the two embark on a murderous journey to find happiness and a few missing body parts.

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LISA FRANKENSTEIN – Review by Beth Accomando

The whole thing feels like a wannabee Tim Burton film with Kathryn Newton doing her best to channel Helena Bonham Carter as a teenager. The film tries exceedingly hard to be gothy, macabre, hip and rebellious but only succeeds on the most superficial levels. When Lisa transforms from nearly mute, socially awkward introvert to school hottie, it’s like Hot Topic did her makeover. Lisa Frankenstein is like its reanimated creature, with parts cobbled from various sources and none of them stitching together very neatly. There’s the Frankenstein story created by Mary Shelley, there’s a Mean Girls thread, an angsty teen suicide angle, a family drama, a slasher comedy – and those are just the major limbs.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Zelda Williams’ LISA FRANKENSTEIN opens for Valentine’s Day – Brandy McDonnell reports

Focus Features plans to release the eagerly awaited horror-comedy Lisa Frankenstein, the feature film directorial debut for Zelda Williams, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Set in 1989, the highly anticipated film is billed as a “coming-of-rage love story” about a misunderstood teenager and her high school crush, who happens to be a handsome corpse. After a set of playfully horrific circumstances brings him back to life, the two embark on a murderous journey to find love, happiness – and a few missing body parts along the way.

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ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA – Review by Susan Granger

Just be thankful you didn’t squander your money at the box-office for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, one of the most worthless entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Paul Rudd’s third Ant-Man escapade is basically a family vacation gone wrong. His ex-con alter-ego Scott Lang, who was once fired from Baskin Robbins, is living it up in San Francisco as a minor celebrity who now has a best-selling memoir Look Out for the Little Guy! about his Avengers adventure.

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ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA – Review by Susan Kamyab

Even though the newest Ant-Man didn’t quite meet my expectations, I did manage to have fun with it. These newer phases aren’t capturing the same Marvel magic we experienced before Endgame, but I think we should hold out hope for Guardians of the Galaxay 3. In the meantime, we can enjoy the continuation of some beloved Avengers and the introduction to the franchise of a new “big bad” villain.

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ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania sends Marvel’s size-defying heroes on their biggest adventure beyond assisting the Avengers. Yet by teeing up another giant villain for Marvel’s ongoing cinematic universe, the film shrinks some of the duo’s quirky charm and relatable, everyday appeal. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania leaves some unanswered questions, and its action scenes rely more on fisticuffs than clever size-shifting props and fight choreography. It’s still a fun outing with likable characters, just not a fantastic voyage.

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FREAKY – Review by Leslie Combemale

The new horror comedy Freaky lands in time to splash cinematic blood all over Thanksgiving, and there will be lots of homebound horror fans who will be 100% there for it. Directed by Christopher Landon, the film is a twist on Freaky Friday, with the supernatural switch happening not between mother and daughter, but middle-aged serial killer and grieving high school cheerleader.

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