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Movie Review: Wonder Woman 1984

  As superhero sequels go, Wonder Woman 1984 is pretty epic, but it’s not without its flaws. Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) lives quietly among mortals in the vibrant, sleek 1980s ‑‑ an era of excess driven by the pursuit of having it all. Though she's come into her full powers, she maintains a low profile by curating ancient artifacts and only performing heroic acts incognito. But soon, Diana will have to muster all of her strength, wisdom, and courage as she finds herself squaring off against Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and the Cheetah (Kristen Wigg), a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility. Now, I’m not the only one who has been waiting for this movie. I loved the first Wonder Woman film, not just because Gal Gadot was breathtaking in the title role but by its brilliant execution (which the DCEU was clearly lacking) and that was enough to get me excited for the sequel. And now that I’ve finally gotten to watch it, thanks to HBO Max, I’m so happy. With a runtime of

Ocean's 8 Review

Sandra Bullock headlines a heist caper that’s clever enough to be sly and entertaining in Ocean’s 8, now playing in theaters.

Five years, eight months, 12 days and counting -- that's how long Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) has been devising the biggest heist of her life. She knows what it's going to take -- a team of the best people in the field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller (Cate Blanchett). Together, they recruit a crew of specialists, including jeweler Amita (Mindy Kaling), street con Constance (Awkwafina), suburban mom Tammy (Sarah Paulson), hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna), and fashion designer Rose (Helena Bonham Carter). Their target -- a necklace that's worth more than $150 million.

It’s not the most outrageous or insane heist you’ve ever seen, but it's still amusing to get by. It still has that “Ocean’s” feeling, even when your head stops spinning enough to make you realize that what you just saw is an enjoyable comical mission impossible.

The first thing to say is that Ocean’s 8 takes the lousy mojo that - unfairly - the Ghostbusters remake left behind and throws it away. This gender-swapped sequel not only works but still maintains what audiences loved about the original “Ocean’s” films. Bullock and her crew come together and come up with a jigsaw puzzle of a heist with a levelheadedness that feels natural and will please the audience.

Sandra Bullock is just brilliant as she strides through the film with the promiscuous insolence of a hungry criminal who has raised thievery into an ideology. She doesn’t want to be rich; she wants to be spiritually sprung, under no one’s control. Cate Blanchett keeps her performance low-key and relaxed, shrouding her character in just enough mystery to keep you interested. All the other women -Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, and Awkwafina -have one or two moments, but then the film is mainly the Cate and Sandy show until Anne Hathaway shows up. Hathaway shines her beautiful smile and is commanding at every moment. Hathaway’s role is one all the women in Ocean’s 8 know well, but Hathaway is the one who gets to turn it into blissful, slyly comedy gold.


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