Rocketman Has the Glitter, But Lacks the Gold

The astronomical success of Bohemian Rhapsody means more rock & roll biopics tumbling down the pipeline, an exciting trend for music fans. But Hollywood likes a sure thing, so when a film finds a winning formula, they don’t veer off course. The new Elton John biopic/musical, Rocketman, does veer off — way off — which should be a good thing, but it also discarded the most important ingredients for this kind …

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Aladdin Conjures a Chaotic Yet Joyful Spirit

After the misfire of turning King Arthur into some kind of cockney hipster in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, director Guy Ritchie returns, helming the live action version of Disney’s 1992 animated hit, Aladdin. Ritchie’s knee-jerk, rapid-fire tone, as seen in capers like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, finds an unlikely home in Disney’s wide-eyed, family-friendly fantastical realm. Your senses almost crack from CGI overload and an …

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Abracadabra, Alakazam! Comics and Cards in the Palm of Your Hand

If you’re in your 20s and living in Orange County, I’m probably not the first person to tell you that options are limited if you’re trying to go out on weekends. For all I know, you might not want to go out anyway, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to connect with new people. As you’ve spent more and more time in the house, you’ve probably been thinking of …

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The Sun Is Also a Star Is For Young Romance Fans, Not Old White Men

Following Jamaican-born Natasha Kingsley (Yara Shahidi of Black-ish and Grown-ish) and first-generation Korean-American Daniel Bae (Charles Melton of Riverdale) as they fall into an ill-fated whirlwind 24-hour romance in New York (Natasha’s family is set to be deported back to Jamaica just after they meet), The Sun is Also A Star isn’t out for realism; it’s a young adult fairy tale aimed at tugging adolescent heart-strings. So the substantial amount …

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Irvine Weekly Movie Pick: Getting Playful with Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Welcome to Irvine Weekly‘s Movie Picks, your look at the hottest films in SoCal theaters this week — from indie art house gems and classics to popcorn-perfect blockbusters and new movies garnering buzz. Check here every week before you make your big screen plans. Pokémon Detective Pikachu, based on a video game based on the bestselling media franchise, takes place in a world where humans capture and train cute monsters …

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Irvine Weekly Movie Pick: The Ladies of Poms Prove They Still Have Pep

Welcome to Irvine Weekly‘s Movie Picks, your look at the hottest films in SoCal theaters this week — from indie art house gems and classics to popcorn-perfect blockbusters and new movies garnering buzz. Check here every week before you make your big screen plans. Poms collects a cast of venerable actresses for a rollicking comedy about a group of retirees who start a female cheerleading squad. Diane Keaton, still graceful and …

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Irvine Weekly Movie Pick: Tolkien as Teen Heartthrob

Welcome to Irvine Weekly‘s Movie Picks, your look at the hottest films in SoCal theaters this week — from indie art house gems and classics to popcorn-perfect blockbusters and new movies garnering buzz. Check here every week before you make your big screen plans. In Tolkien, the fusty Oxford philologist who penned The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings finds screen representation as a teen heartthrob (Nicholas Hoult). The …

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Review: “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”

For whatever upsetting, deep psychological reason, there’s no questioning that American audiences are currently fascinated with the serial killer. Films and documentaries have been cropping up across every platform for the last year featuring the worst and most unforgiving true crimes of our nation’s history. It’s no wonder, then, that Netflix would embrace the cultural trend (that they may have very well restarted in the first place) with not one, …

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ScreenX Has Landed at Irvine Spectrum

When you’re going to the movies, your choices begin long before you reach the cinema: Do you want to reserve your seat in advance? Which online service do you use to make your reservation? Which row would you like to sit in? Would you like extra carry-on luggage? Oh wait! Wrong industry. You get the idea, though. From combination snack choices at the concession area to theatrical membership services, there …

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