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“Booksmart” Is The Best Film Of The Year So Far

Stand at attention, ladies and gentlemen. Believe the hype. Actress turned filmmaker Olivia Wilde is here to dominate Hollywood with her directorial debut. Opening this week, after a much heralded debut at SXSW, Booksmart is not just the funniest movie of 2019, it’s the best overall too. Wilde and company make magic with a premise that could have seemed utterly rote. Instead, it’s fresh, lively, and full of spirit that delights from start to finish. The comedy, the relationship building, the character work, it’s all top notch. Seeing is believing here. However wonderful you think this flick is, I can assure you that it’s even better than that.

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“Avengers: Endgame” Is An Emotional And Epic Culmination For Marvel

I have seen the Endgame and it is amazing. This is the best Marvel has ever done. Truly. Avengers: Endgame brings the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a worthy conclusion, eliciting more emotion than any superhero movie yet. I laughed, I cried, and I was filled to the brim with joy. This is a triumph for anyone who has invested a decade and over 20 films worth of material into one giant story. Over three hours long but paced perfectly, you won’t want it to end. Somehow, Marvel, Kevin Feige, and the creative forces have exceeded expectations. Believe the hype, as it’s quite real. It’s the best cinematic release of the year so far.

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“Knock Down The House” Is An Inspirational Documentary

It’s almost impossible not to know who Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is if you pay even a little attention to politics. She’s a force of nature and a rock star. One day, a film may be made about her, biopic style. For the moment, we just have a stunning new documentary in Knock Down the House, which played to raves earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Rightly so, too, as this is non fiction cinema at its finest. You don’t have to be a hardcore political aficionado or a left wing liberal to appreciate this. It’s far more about diversity, representation, and the middle class rising up than any political ideology.

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Zac Efron Becomes Ted Bundy In “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile”

What is the fascination with Ted Bundy? The infamous serial killer has long captured the attention of the masses, largely due to his charisma and attractiveness. So, it does make sense that a movie star would want to play Bundy. Coming as a companion piece to the Netflix documentary series Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, this week brought a narrative take on the man with Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile. Both are on the streaming service and both are helmed by Joe Berlinger. Unfortunately, while there’s a compelling lead turn here, there’s ultimately nothing to be learned about the killer, making for an empty experience.

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