WEEK IN WOMEN: Elizabeth Banks’ Live Action on THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS – Brandy McDonnell reports

Elizabeth Banks is jumping on board Universal’s live-action adaptation of The Magic School Bus, and she will produce the movie as well as star as adventurous teacher Ms. Frizzle. Ryan Christians from Marc Platt Productions will oversee production with Sara Scott and Lexi Barta from Universal Pictures.

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ATHLETE A – Review by Martha K Baker

Tension defines this terrific documentary about the sexual and emotional abuse rampant in Olympic gymnastics. Tension abounds among the female women gymnasts, eager for fun and medals. Tension also defines the efforts by investigative reporters at the Indianapolis Star, who uncovered the whole story two years ago.

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EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA – Review by Martha K Baker

The actual Eurovision Song Contest has provoked many a joke, so why shouldn’t Will Ferrell pile on? This fluffy little film, streaming on Netflix, provides just the distraction needed in annus horribilis. It has music and romance, irony and silliness plus several energetic choruses of Ya Ya Ding Dong.

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THE OLD GUARD – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

For the first time this summer, I’m not missing all the big loud comic-book movies we’re being bombarded with in an alt-timeline. I like those movies, but they do tend to dominate the pop-culture conversation. With them off the radar this year, there’s room to breathe for a fantastic little pulp comic-book movie like The Old Guard.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 10, 2020: THE OLD GUARD

Anyone who enjoys watching Charlize Theron kick ass is going to get a kick out of The Old Guard, director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s adaptation of Greg Rucka’s graphic novels about a squad of immortal mercenaries who fight for the good of humanity. Not only is it full of popcorn action, but it raises interesting questions about duty, loyalty, and chosen families.

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Gina Prince-Bythewood: Action=Story+Emotion in THE OLD GUARD – Leslie Combemale interviews

Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Old Guard brings a new level of diverse representation to the sci-fi action genre, and a sense of authenticity that comes from action that’s so strongly based in characterization and character motivation.

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THE OLD GUARD – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

As superhero action movies based on a series of comic books go, Netflix’s The Old Guard manages to spin a few new tricks on an overdone genre as it takes its cues from Peter Parker’s motto, “With great power comes great responsibility,” but with a twist at its center. The main quartet of crusaders vanquishing evil in this adventure are centuries-old immortal mercenaries who have the ability to magically heal their own wounds and live to see many more days of do-gooding.

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THE OLD GUARD – Review by Loren King

Filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood brings human drama to the superhero characters of The Old Guard, staging many action and fight scenes with lightening-quick finesse while getting dynamic performances from her e cast. But the heart and soul of the movie is Charlize Theron, gleefully believable as a 6,000-year-old warrior who’s saddled with a ghost that will no doubt figure in the next installment of this franchise.

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THE OLD GUARD – Review by Nikki Baughan

In the hands of director Gina Prince-Bythewood, The Old Guard is a far more subtle and introspective superhero movie than we’re used to seeing. That may have something to do with the fact that it’s a straight-to-streaming Netflix original, but its focus on the emotional and physical toll of saving the world offers a welcome change from the consequence-free carnage that usually heralds the arrival of the summer blockbuster season.

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