WONKA – Review by Susan Kamyab

Wonka tells the colorful tale of how the world’s greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today. In the film a young and poor Willy dreams of opening a shop in a city renowned for its chocolate, but soon discovers that the industry is run by a cartel of greedy chocolatiers. The film features an all-star cast including Timothee Chalamet, Olivia Coleman, Hugh Grant, and Keegan-Michael Key.

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WONKA – Review by Cortland Jacoby

The moment I knew Warner Bros.’ Wonka was in good hands was during the rousing opening number. As Timothée Chalamet sings of all the chocolate and opportunity he will create when he settles in this new city, there is a moment where the music slows down. Donned in Wonka’s iconic top hat, he starts walking down the stairs before taking two quick steps back up. It’s an early nod to the beloved and brilliant Gene Wilder performance of the original. Wonka is full of these small little references meant to reassure you as you venture further into this new story.

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WONKA – Review by T.J. Callahan

If you can’t wait until Christmas to open your gifts, Wonka is a big box of sweet dreams. It’s the origin story of the creative confectioner who was concocted from the mind of iconic children’s author, Roald Dahl and now brought back to life by writer/director Paul King (Paddington). The ever-charming Timothee Chalamet dons the magical top hat to tell the tale of how a poor young man with a love of chocolate and a dream became the beloved candyman, Willy Wonka. He sings. He dances. And he does it well. He’s the Mary Poppins of cocoa beans.

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SCHMIGADOON! Season Two (SCHMICAG0!)- Review by Susan Granger

If you loved the first Emmy-winning season of the inventive musical comedy parody Schmigadoon! – which premiered in the summer of 2022 – don’t miss the second season, titled “Schmicago! Created by Don Kaurio and Cinco Paul, the team behind the Despicable Me franchise with a score by composer Christopher Willis, it follows the misadventures of Melissa Gimble (Cecily Strong) and Josh Skinner (Keegan-Michael Key) who – after leaving wholesome, candy-colored Schmigadoon – are transplanted into Bob Fosse’s debauched Schmicago.

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THE PROM – Review by Martha K Baker

The operative word is “fun.” F. U. N. fun. From the perspective of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland’s “let’s-put-on-a-show” fun. And where those old teens of the Forties added a skosh of patriotism to their hi- and lo-jinks, “The Prom” promotes sexual politics, for the theme depends from intolerance toward homosexuality.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, April 25 – May 1: KEANU

Opening April 29, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Keanu, the new comedy from director Peter Antencio (TV’s Key and Peele about two friends who attempt to recover a stolen kitten by posing as drug dealers for a street gang. Read on…

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