Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin

This cute new Peanuts short serves as the origin story of Franklin Armstrong, the first African-American character in the Charlie Brown universe. It’s a perfectly pleasant offering (executive produced by Charles Schulz’s son and grandson) that breezily moves along, telling the tale of how Franklin came to town and struggled […]

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The Family Plan

It’s certainly not a novel idea by any means, but this ‘True Lies’ redux about a schlubby suburban dad who’s actually a government-trained assassin kinda works, more or less. Mark Wahlberg leads the way as the schlub in question, who clicks into full Jason Bourne mode when the bad guys […]

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Your Christmas or Mine 2

The follow-up to last year’s surprisingly delightful Brit bit of fa-la-la finds James (Asa Butterfield) and Hayley (Cora Kirk) and their entire families once again in an all-too-predictable mix-up, this time on a ski holiday in Austria. Though it lacks some of the charm of the original, there’s still plenty […]

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The Marvels

The thirty-third MCU movie (in the past 15 years) brings together Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), and Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani) in a so-so flick that works nicely for Marvel fans but probably has little appeal to anyone else. Director and co-writer Nia DeCosta crafted an efficient […]

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It’s a Wonderful Knife

What do you get when you mash up ‘Scream’ with the 1947 Frank Capra holiday classic? Believe it or not—a better-than-expected slasher flick that somehow feels perfect for the holidays. Justin Long and Joel McHale are the headliners in this surprisingly entertaining romp, but Jane Widdop (as the George Bailey-ish […]

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Strays

If you’ve ever wondered what it’d be like if Benji, Lassie, and Rin-Tin-Tin were foul-mouthed, raunchy mutts who set off on an incredible journey, hell-bent on revenge against a jackass human, well… you’re in luck. Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx, Randall Park, and Isla Fisher (among others) voice the pooches in […]

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Who Done It: The Clue Documentary

Despite looking like a sixth-grade school project made on a VHS camcorder, this love letter to 1985’s ‘Clue’ still manages to offer plenty of insight into the making of (and legacy of) the cult-classic film. Featuring interviews with writer/director Jonathan Lynn, along with stars Michael McKean, Lesley Ann Warren, and […]

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Haunted Mansion

The latest Disney-fueled ‘Let’s turn this ride into a movie’ effort stars Lakeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson, and Rosario Dawson as a team working to rid a rickety New Orleans mansion of its (not terribly terrible) ghosts. Along with the handful of nifty references to the ride itself, there’s a decent […]

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Happiness for Beginners

Playing a little like Reece Witherspon’s ‘Wild’ for the Hallmark Channel crowd, this light and frothy ensemble rom-com stars Ellie Kemper as a recent divorcee who decides to hike her issues away with a motley crew of fellow lost souls, including ‘Yellowstone’ star Luke Grimes. Yes, she gets blisters on […]

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Fast X

After 22 years and now 11 movies, the Fast and the Furious franchise keeps on careening down the road with the latest installment, a slam-bang, car-chase, fist-fight, guns-blazin’ flick that will more than satisfy fans. The usual cast of characters is back for the ride (plus a handful of long-forgotten […]

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