WONDER WOMAN 1984 – Review by Susan Granger

When Wonder Woman (2017) debuted, the origin story of the Amazonian Princess was sensational! It detailed her background, childhood and how she fell in love with a dashing-but-doomed W.W.I pilot. Director Patty Jenkins proved female super-heroes were just as mighty as men. Its sequel, beginning on the island of Themyscira, recalls how fearless, young demi-goddess Diana learned tough lessons about truth and honesty That’s the best part of the entire movie.

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WONDER WOMAN 1984 – Review by Carol Cling

Anyone who thinks 2020 has been a fiasco should be grateful to escape to Wonder Woman 1984’s Orwellian year. Despite its “Me Decade” setting, the long-delayed sequel to the character’s 2017 introduction proves strikingly timely. WW84 may take place in the greed-is-good Reagan era, but its central villain — a con-artist TV personality turned megalomaniac — may remind you of a certain contemporary figure. (Any similarities are, we’re sure, hardly coincidental.)

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THE MANDALORIAN – Review by Susan Granger

The second season of Jon Favreau’s blockbuster live-action Disney+ series, a sci-fi spin-off from George Lucas’ Star Wars, is set five years after Return of the Jedi – meaning the Empire has fallen and the New Republic is in its ascendancy – this intergalactic adventure revolves around the mysterious, perpetually helmeted bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), an orphan who was rescued and raised by Mandalorian warriors.

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PROSPECT – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

Smart, gritty-stylish indie sci-fi that is actually about ideas, and about building a future world that is authentic and lived-in. It has a really memorable teen-girl protagonist, too, who is badass but still a real kid. Upstart distributor Gunpowder & Sky is debuting its science-fiction label, Dust, with Prospect, and this is how you do it.

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