DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS -Review by T.J. Callahan

Benedict Cumberbatch left his Montana ranch, tossing away his Power of the Dog, to rekindle his super powers as Stephen Strange in part of Phase 4 and the 28th film in the Marvel Comic Universe. It’s the sequel to 2016’s Doctor Strange and picks up a few months after the events of last year’s Spider-Man No Way Home.

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MORBIUS – Review by Susan Granger

Just how bad is the Marvel origin story of Dr. Michael Morbius, the conflicted scientist with a rare blood disorder who mixes his plasma with that of vampire bats? Pretty bad… Michael (Jared Leto) and his best friend Milo (Matt Smith) share this mysterious illness which has left them debilitated, forced to walk with canes. Determined to find a cure, Mobius takes off for Cerro de la Muerte in the misty mountains of Costa Rica, where thousands of vampire bats dwell. Flimsily scripted by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, the formulaic saga is directed by Daniel Espinosa, who stages overly shadowy action sequences.

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MORBIUS – Review by T. J. Callahan

Jared Leto is in disguise again. He’s been The Joker and Paolo Gucci and now he’s part of the Marvel Comic Universe as Morbius — Dr. Michael Morbius, that is — a biochemist who is on a mission to cure a rare blood disorder with which he, himself, is afflicted. He develops a serum that’s a mix of human and bat DNA that looks like it’s going to be a miracle cure, but there’s one really noticeable side effect.

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BLACK WIDOW – Review by Leslie Combemale

There are a number of derivative story elements, but they are packaged in a new and empowering way, even as they stretch our suspension of disbelief to a near-breaking point. Who am I kidding? Marvel is fantasy. Natasha is a super soldier in a world where she’s friends with a Norse God, a man who shrinks to the size of an atom, and a dude who woke up after being frozen in ice for over 50 years.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 9, 2021: BLACK WIDOW

Fun on fairly standard action flick level. but look a little deeper, and you’ll see that Cate Shortland is telling a story about women’s agency and right to choose. Not every woman can stick up for herself with knives and acrobatic fight moves, but we can all speak up for our sisters and stand by their side when they need our help. Or a helicopter to fly.

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BLACK WIDOW – Review by Jennifer Merin

Cate Shortland’s directorial perspective and prowess are evident in every frame of Black Widow. She has not only created a beautifully crafted and technically impressive flick, she’s planted seeds for serious thought and discourse that make Black Widow meaningful and memorable. You don’t need to be an MCU aficionado to enjoy Black Widow, and it may not make an MCU devotee of you, but film has sufficient substance to maybe make you want to watch it twice.

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BLACK WIDOW -Review by Pam Grady

Aussie director Cate Shortland (Lore, Berlin Syndrome) proves a capable hand at the rock-em-sock-em action; explosive; outsized violence; and huge dollops of humor that mark the Marvel universe as she brings Black Widow‘s saga to a satisfying close and introduces a new bad-ass superheroine in Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova.

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