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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WEEK IN WOMEN: Lucy Liu’s UNSUNG HEROES to Spotlight Overlooked Women – Brandy McDonnell reports

Lucy Liu’s Unsung Heroes, a scripted series currently in development at her Moonvision Entertainment, will profile women who were highly accomplished in their fields but did not receive acknowledgment for their achievements and how their stories have affected history.

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