MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL – Review by Brandy McDonnell

But “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is at its best when it lets its two powerhouse leading ladies – Jolie, who is a force of nature as the misunderstood Maleficent, and Pfeiffer, who chews the fantastical scenery with villainous glee – dominate the fairy story.

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ANGEL HAS FALLEN – Brandy McDonnell reviews

The screenplay by Robert Mark Kamen, Matt Cook and director Ric Roman Waugh telegraphs every plot point so obviously that even a schoolchild will know whodunnit and why – not that any child should see this movie since Waugh’s leans into the R rating, violently racking up a stunning body count.

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THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART – Review by Brandy McDonnell

For fans who have waited through five years and two spinoffs to find out what happened after aliens made of Duplo blocks landed in Bricksburg and declared “we are here to destwoy you,” the sequel picks up right where the first film left off and quickly constructs a whole new universe of possibilities.

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HALLOWEEN (2018) – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The imminently watchable Curtis (“True Lies,” “A Fish Called Wanda”) got her big break playing Laurie Strode, a teenage babysitter who manages to survive the rampage of stoic masked serial killer Michael Myers, in John Carpenter’s original “Halloween.” A direct sequel to the first film, the new “Halloween” smartly ignores the plethora of dull and convoluted entries in between and picks up 40 years later.

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