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“Don’t Worry Darling” Leaves Me Wary

Caption: (L-R) FLORENCE PUGH, HARRY STYLES and director/producer/actor OLIVIA WILDE (blue dress) on the set of New Line Cinema’s “DON’T WORRY DARLING,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

I wanted so badly to be able to say “despite on-set messiness and the PR tour disaster (that was entertaining for all of the wrong reasons) Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling is a triumph! And it almost was!

Almost. 

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Review: Michael Bay’s ‘Ambulance’ Serves as an Unintentional Love Letter to Los Angeles

The film revolves around an unlikely pair of brothers thrown together by the foster system. Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) is fresh from the military and trying to find stability and financial security for his new son and ailing wife. Danny Sharp (Jake Gyllenhaal) stayed home and picked up the family business of robbing banks and vandalism.

Michael Bay’s Ambulance is a thrill per minute! Too bad there are 135 of them. Excepting about 15 minutes of setup, the action gets going and never stops until about 20 minutes before the end. That’s when there’s a ton of slow motion. While this hectic action can be maintained in a 90-minute property, 2 hours and 15 minutes is a lot of adrenaline to spend. 

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Season 2 of ‘Woke’ Doesn’t Sleep on Character Development

Caption: Cartoonist Keef Knight is now a popular activist on the rise, but he’s facing a world where “woke” has become big business. Can Keef and his friends bring about real change, or is it just about the dollar$? And can Keef navigate this new world without destroying what he’s become? Inspired by the life and work of artist Keith Knight, Woke continues to upend Black nerd and activist culture, deftly satirizing with a wink and a smile. Keef (Lamorne Morris), Gunther (Blake Anderson), Ayana (Sasheer Zamata) and Clovis (T. Murph), shown. (Courtesy of Hulu)

Last Season on Hulu’s Woke, we met Keef Knight (Lamorne Morris) as he tries to navigate life after a brutal encounter with San Francisco PD. As a cartoonist of the locally famous comic strip, Toast and Butter, Keef is excited for his comic to be syndicated nationally. He’s planning on getting a luxury apartment with his girlfriend of two years and finally raising his stock. He’s played the game for years and is finally seeing his efforts pay off. 

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‘Official Competition’ Takes Home the Gold

Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, Oscar Martinez

Starring Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martinez, Official Competition serves as a send-up of the vapid and profit-hungry nature of the entertainment industry mixed with a cautionary tale.

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I Want ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once” All of the Time

Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Wang

I’m all for a comforting and predictable film. With the stresses of the last couple of years, watching a Marvel film or a rom-com speaks to me. I told myself I wasn’t in the mood for something too original so I sat down to Everything Everywhere All at Once thinking it would be a fun Matrix knock-off where I could see Michelle Yeoh kick butt. 

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I’ve Got a Crush on ‘Crush’

Crush — When an aspiring young artist is forced to join her high school track team, she uses it as an opportunity to pursue the girl she’s been harboring a long-time crush on. But she soon finds herself falling for an unexpected teammate and discovers what real love feels like. Paige Evans (Rowan Blanchard) and AJ Campos (Auli’i Cravalho), shown. (Photo by: Hulu)

Hulu’s new original film Crush is a coming of age highschool rom-com with a queer twist. The film is directed by Sammi Cohen and was written by Kirsten King and Casey Rackham – all identify as queer women. 

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SY’s Short on Shorts: Please Hold (2020)

Imagine you’re on your way to work and a drone tells you that you’re under arrest. While trying to figure out what’s happening, you are given the offer to plead guilty. At no point are you able to tell what exactly the crime is, or ask an actual human person for assistance!

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SY’s Short on Shorts: Muy Gay Too Mexicano (2020)

Muy Gay Too Mexicano is a fun short that explores how two different, seemingly opposite identities can inhabit one person. Abel Benitez plays Juan Daniel aka JD. JD was born in Mexico City but raised in a small town just outside. He is the only one in his family in America and has completely adapted to the American way of life.

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‘The Lost City’ Finds Some Fun!

Sandra Bullock in a rapidly depleting purple sequin onesie, Daniel Radcliffe being an evil mastermind, Channing Tatus with leeches on his pert bum, Brad Pitt being a yogi, parkour badass? These are all things you needed, but never knew you could have. Well, now you can in Paramount Pictures The Lost City.

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Review: ‘The Outfit’ Fits Just Right

Dylan O’Brien (left) stars as “Richie” and Zoey Deutch (right) stars as “Mable” in director Graham Moore’s THE OUTFIT, a Focus Features release. Courtesy of Nick Wall / Focus Features

In the age of extensive effects, massive budgets, and huge names, The Outfit director Graham Moore chose a quieter approach that is no less thrilling. The Outfit is a period gangster movie set in mid-’50s gangland Chicago. Filled with twists and turns, The Outfit will leave you guessing until the very end and keep you enthralled with capable performances from a plethora of talent… 

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