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Review: ‘Charlie’s Angels’

New girls, same action.

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Yet another reboot has arrived, only this one comes to us from the 1976 series and early 2000 movies known as “Charlie’s Angels”, and it’s not as terrible as you would expect it to be.

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7/10

The era of spy thrillers may be long past, but a good spy movie is almost always welcomed. The Mission: Impossible franchise has maintained its force and actually gotten stronger as each movie has progressed, but long before Ethan Hunt and Jason Bourne were household names, one man owned a team of spies, or angels, to carry out the impossible tasks.

This time, the angels consist of Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska with Elizabeth Banks as Bosley, and the chemistry between these three girls is so fun.

They bounce off of one another’s quirkiness, intelligence and insanity so well. Kristen Stewart may have a bad wrap from the Twilight films, but she is not as terrible as you might expect. Banks plays the team’s boss, Bosley, and also directs the film.

Banks had previously directed Pitch Perfect 2, and in my opinion, it was a solid movie that did well to honour the first film while moving the story forward. Here, Banks is able to better hone her craft as a filmmaker and her talents are certainly on the rise.

What the film does fall short is in suspense, alongside minor writing qualms. While it’s fine to honour the cheesiness of the 70s spy movie, it’s always a good idea to try and move past it and improve on it. Some moments in the film offer dialog that the cast cannot salvage and it is somewhat jarring.

The twists in the film were decent, if not predictable, but the execution of said twists is smooth enough that I found myself looking past how cliched and overused it was. In all fairness to Banks and writers David Auburn and Evan Spiliotopolous, there’s very little room for innovation in genres that have existed for as long as the spy movies have.

What the film also does well is not overly sexualize the main girls. Is flirtation a tool they harness to kick butt? Absolutely. Is it a point of focus for the audience? Absolutely not. It was refreshing to see for the series and helps push female characters forward more.

Now while the review may sound overly positive, make no mistake that the film is not a masterpiece. It is worth the price of general admission and is a lot of fun, but, it fails to reach the heights of other spy franchises.

I am not, however, opposed to a sequel or even two more films to make a trilogy, provided the script is good enough and not as a cash grab.

In the end, a movie with three great leading ladies and a director who is far from green makes for an entertaining time at the movies if you’re not looking for anything too deep. ■

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First trailer for 'Wonder Woman 1984' arrives

Gal Gadot returns as the Amazonian warrior.

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Set in the tubular 1980s, Diana Prince returns in her first appearance since Justice League.

With CCXP underway down in Brazil, Marvel, Star Wars and now DC have all had a presence in showcasing some of their upcoming projects, with Wonder Woman 1984 being one of the biggest pieces of media being shown off.

Set in the year 1984, Diana Prince comes into conflict with the Soviet Union and also finds a powerful adversary by the name of Cheetah (Kristen Wiig).

You check out the first trailer for the film below. ■

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Upcoming movie trailers

What movie trailers will release this week.

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The week of Dec. 2 will see a slew of movie trailers hitting the internet.

With the week now in full swing, we have three confirmed trailers hitting the internet this week with one that is strongly rumoured to be releasing tomorrow (Dec. 3).

BLACK WIDOW

The first one being the rumoured one, the teaser trailer for Marvel Studios’ Black Widow is expected to release on Dec. 3. Footage had debuted for the fans in attendance at San Diego Comic Con back in the summer, and with Star Wars hitting theatres soon, you can bet that Disney will want to promote their next big Marvel film alongside their Christmas box office behemoth.

NO TIME TO DIE

The next James Bond film, No Time To Die, brings Daneil Craig back to the role of Bond for one last outing. Director Sam Mendes has given up the directorial reigns to Cary Fukunaga after Spectre turned out to be a lacklustre film which certainly stuck out as the Bond film before that one, Skyfall, is considered one of the best Bond films. The teaser for No Time To Die premieres on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

BIRDS OF PREY, OR THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN

Having already received the teaser trailer for the film back in Sept., Warner Bros. is looking to amp up the marketing for the film since it will open in theatres in Feb. 2020. It was recently confirmed that the film will have an R-rating (as will James Gunn Suicide Squad sequel) so whether or not we’ll see any of the R-rated content in this trailer is up for debate.

WONDER WOMAN 1984

The sequel to the first Wonder Woman follows Diana Prince in the year 1984, and frankly, not much else is known about the film’s plot. We know Chris Pine is back as Steve Trevor and Kristen Wiig will play Cheetah, but a lot of the more juicy details are being kept under wraps. WW84 is the only other film to feature one of the members of the Justice League in a post-Justice League era of DC and Warner Bros. The teaser for WW84 is expected to premiere during the weekend alongside Birds of Prey at CCXP (Brazilian Comic Con) so a specific date and time is not yet locked. ■

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What's coming to Disney+ this month

What’s new this month.

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After its first and very successful month of release, Disney has released the December lineup for their streaming site.

With a number of series debuting in November, Disney is starting turn up the heat in terms of what’s becoming available. While the Marvel and Star Wars catalogs are slowly filling up, the original series are keeping viewers attached to the service. The Mandalorian has taken the world by storm as being one of the best pieces of Star Wars content since the original trilogy.

The World According to Jeff Goldblum has brought the eccentric actor around the United States in search of answers in relation to the attraction with tattoos, ice cream and sneakers, and Goldblum shows every bit of interest in these topics as you would hope he would.

Below is a list that Disney released via a YouTube video today, highlighting the coming content for the month of December.

Dec. 1:
– Glory Road
– Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts
– Garfield: The Movie

Dec. 3:
– One Day At Disney

Dec. 5:
– Thor: Ragnarok

Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27:
– One Day At Disney (Shorts); episdoes 1, 2, 3, 4
– The Mandalorian; episodes 5, 6, 7, 8
– The World According to Jeff Goldblum; episodes 5, 6, 7, 8
– Pixar in Real Life: Finding Dory Aquarium Escape
– High School Musical: The Musical: The Series; episodes 5, 6, 7, 8
– Encore!; episodes 5, 6, 7, 8
– Marvel’s Hero Project; episodes 5, 6, 7, 8
– Forky Asks A Question; New Shorts
– Disney Family Sundays; episodes 5, 6, 7, 8
– The Imagineering Story; episodes 5, 6 (Dec. 6, 13)

Dec. 11:
– Alice Through the Looking Glass

Dec. 13:
– SparkShorts: Wind

Dec. 20:
– George of the Jungle 2
– Pick of the Litter; episodes 1 and 2 (20, 27)
– Togo

Dec. 26:
– Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Dec. 31:
– Marvel’s Spider-Man ■

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