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‘Encanto’s’ Charm and Meaning Make it One of Disney’s Best

By Janie Walenda I’m a distractible person, which generally interferes with my movie watching. My mind will often wander, even when I’m watching something I love. “Encanto” is the first film in a while where I was invested the whole time.  Not only is it entertaining, but "Encanto" contains some great messages about giftedness and family that stuck with me. From a technical standpoint, the film is nearly flawless. While the animation isn't groundbreaking, the visualization of the ...

The Season Premiere of “Hawkeye” Is Right on Target

By Janie Walenda This review contains minor spoilers for the first two episodes of “Hawkeye,” as well as spoilers for the comics. I should probably begin by apologizing to anyone who’s listened to me talk about “Hawkeye” within the past year. This was my most anticipated show from the initial MCU Disney+ lineup, and I had high expectations, and so far, “Hawkeye” has not disappointed. One of the more surprising elements of “Hawkeye” is how heavily the show focuses on Kate ...

Disney+ and Spiderman and Ghostbusters! Oh My!

By Janie Walenda It is nearly impossible to keep up with movies and TV shows nowadays, so let me help by recapping the past few weeks of Hollywood news, including the latest box office figures, “Spiderman: No Way Home” leaks, recent casting announcements, and Disney+ Day. While the box office is still nowhere close to the state it was in 2019, it is gradually returning back to normal. After just two weekends, “Eternals” has already earned 118.7 million dollars, surpassing “Dune.  ...

‘Black Widow’ Completes Her Arc in Long Overdue Solo Film

By Noah Tang Like many other Marvel fans, I eagerly awaited the release of “Black Widow,” faithfully waiting through the pandemic-related delays. This solo film for the MCU’s first female Avenger was long overdue, having been desired by fans ever since her first appearance in “Iron Man 2” all the way back in 2010. In-universe, “Black Widow” takes place after most of the events of “Captain America: Civil War” and before “Avengers: Infinity War.” The movie opens in 1995, ...

‘Muppets: Haunted Mansion’ Is A Fun Halloween Watch

By Janie Walenda The Muppets are back, or at least they are trying to be.  There have been several attempts to relaunch the Muppet franchise, with varying degrees of success.  So far, the movies “Muppets” and “Muppets: Most Wanted” have been the most successful, with the recent Disney Plus series “Muppets Now” receiving a lukewarm reception.  On paper, “Muppets: Haunted Mansion” is a perfect fusion of Disney properties.  For the most part, the newest Muppet holiday special ...

‘What If…?’ Sticks the Landing to Deliver An Epic Finale

By Janie Walenda In true MCU fashion, “What If… The Watcher Broke His Oath?” is not only a continuation of last week’s episode, but it also brings in characters from each of the previous episodes for an epic team-up. Similar to the zombie episode, the best part of this episode is the team.  The Guardians of the Multiverse have great comedic and dramatic chemistry, and I would love to see them team up again in the future.  The initial team that the Watcher and Strange Supreme put ...

A Phenomenal Anime Project: Ranking the ‘Star Wars: Visions’ Episodes

By Nick Ratliff “Star Wars: Visions” is a new anime anthology series consisting of nine episodes, each made by a different animation studio. I recommend watching these episodes in Japanese with English subtitles, as the English voice acting gets a little choppy and awkward at times. Some episodes have better animation than others but overall, most of them were well-realized and aesthetically pleasing. It’s important to note these stories are not canon in the “Star Wars” universe. ...

‘What If…?’ Retrospective: Episode Three Tells a Dark but Hopeful Tale

by Noah Tang The third episode of “What If…?” pivots from the relatively light and cheerful tone of the first two episodes. It tells the story of how five of the six original Avengers are brutally murdered during the events of Fury’s Big Week, the seven-day period in which the films “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” and “The Incredible Hulk” all take place. In the original timeline, this week was crucial in that it encompassed the formation of the Avengers. However, this alternate ...

‘What If…?’ Retrospective: Episode Two Honors Chadwick Boseman’s Legacy

By Noah Tang Episode two achieves a pleasantly surprising mixture of the “Black Panther” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchises, exploring what would have happened if T’Challa became Star-Lord instead of Peter Quill. In this timeline, Yondu Udonta delegates the task of finding Peter Quill to Kraglin and Taserface, who botch the job and take a young T’Challa by mistake. Surprisingly, the young Wakandan prince is not at all frightened by this experience and takes up Yondu’s offer ...

The Multiverse Unravels in ‘What If…?’ Episode Eight

By Janie Walenda Full disclosure: I’ve never seen “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”  I remember the Pinocchio song in the trailer, and I’ve seen maybe twenty minutes of the film total.  That being said, I was excited to see Ultron return in “What If…Ultron Won?”  He proves to be an intimidating villain, just as capable as Thanos of carrying more than one movie.  This episode brings us a true age of Ultron, instead of the three days we got in “Age of Ultron.” We open the ...