HAUNTED MANSION – Review by Emma Badame

Disney’s first attempt at turning their popular, gothic Haunted Mansion ride into a film gave them a hit at the box office, but was widely panned by critics. Cut to 20 years later and the House of Mouse has decided to revisit the idea – clearly hoping to recreate that movie-goer mojo but this time, capture the goodwill of the critics, too. It’s truly a delightful surprise that Haunted Mansion is as enjoyable as it is. Particularly in light of its predecessor. It’s truly the perfect summer-movie fare and a great way to spend an overheated afternoon or evening for film fans of all ages. For lovers of the spooky and supernatural, it delivers there, too.

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CARS ON THE ROAD – Review by Martha K Baker

Moving on from their star turns in Cars, that most delightful film, the animated vehicular actors, ‘Mater and Lightning McQueen, head to a wedding. It takes nine episodes for the cars to arrive finally at ‘Mater’s home for his sister’s nuptials because they have to drive from Radiator Springs to the East Coast, down south. The series runs eight minutes an episode. Although the series isn’t nearly so charming as the original film and nowhere near as much fun as the ride at Disneyland, it moves pretty darn slap-happily on the highway of ha-ha’s.

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MARRY ME – Review by Brandy McDonnell

As sparkling and sweet as a glass of bubbly, the new romantic comedy Marry Me pours out an entertaining – if not earth-shattering – cinematic experience perfect for a lightweight date night or girls’ night. In an art-reflects-life role, J.Lo plays a self-made music superstar and mogul who has practically every waking moment sponsored, filmed and posted to social media. To go with their new hit duet “Marry Me,” she and her fellow pop luminary beau are planning to get married onstage during a sold-out New York City concert that will be live-streamed to millions worldwide.

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THE POST DISPATCH – Review by Susan Granger

Deftly scripted as an absurdly fanciful anthology, filled with piquant caricatures, The French Dispatch is meticulously crafted by Wes Anderson as an inventive, whimsical tribute to several generations of mannered storytellers who enriched the American literary landscape

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LOKI – Review by Susan Granger

Picking up right after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the new Disney+ series Loki follows the Norse God of Mischief when he’s summoned by the intergalactic Time Variance Authority to right the transgressions that the Avengers’ interference – particularly the utilization of the Tesseract – caused to the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Aug 10 – Aug. 16: SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY

Opening August 14, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is She’s Funny That Way, the new film from actor/writer/director Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show). Described as a screwball comedy in the same vein as Bogdanovich’s 1972 classic What’s Up Doc?, it follows the interconnected lives of the cast and crew of a Broadway show. The all-star ensemble features Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn, Owen Wilson and Will Forte, among others. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Dec. 8-14: INHERENT VICE

Opening Dec. 12, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson’s (There Will Be Blood, The Master) adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel starring Joaquin Phoenix as a cop investigating the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend in LA, 1970. And it’s nowhere near as straightforward as it sounds…Read on…

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