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We’ll Never “Let It Go!” “Frozen 2” (@DisneyFrozen) Takes Us To Arendelle & BEYOND!

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Like many other curious movie-goers, I saw Frozen in theaters only after being relentlessly pelted with hype. I found, despite its rather half-baked storyline, it was thoroughly enjoyable. Idina Menzel’s soaring Broadway vocals were as genuinely as thrilling as Kristen Bell’s delicate melodies. The finale of true love saving the day being the familial bond between sisters subverted the dozens of Disney animated antecedents and was legitimately refreshing.

However, even after my many, many sessions of trying my best to “Let It Go” as the soundtrack played in my car, I still could not get over the plot holes. Why did Elsa have magic? Why didn’t Anna? Why did their parents leave? Why did they go to the trolls only to completely ignore their advice and purposefully traumatize their own children?

Like any respectable sequel, “Frozen 2,” not only attempts answers some of these questions, but also expands on the world of Arendelle. We’re treated to more magical lore and a deepening of Arendelle history, and storylines with character development for our three favorite humans and singular magical snowman. We are witness as each of our main cast begins to experience growing pains.

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Grade: A-

Like many other curious movie-goers, I saw Frozen in theaters only after being relentlessly pelted with hype. I found, despite its rather half-baked storyline, it was thoroughly enjoyable. Idina Menzel’s soaring Broadway vocals were as genuinely as thrilling as Kristen Bell’s delicate melodies. The finale of true love saving the day being the familial bond between sisters subverted the dozens of Disney animated antecedents and was legitimately refreshing.

However, even after my many, many sessions of trying my best to “Let It Go” as the soundtrack played in my car, I still could not get over the plot holes. Why did Elsa have magic? Why didn’t Anna? Why did their parents leave? Why did they go to the trolls only to completely ignore their advice and purposefully traumatize their own children?

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Like any respectable sequel, “Frozen 2,” not only attempts answers some of these questions, but also expands on the world of Arendelle. We’re treated to more magical lore and a deepening of Arendelle history, and storylines with character development for our three favorite humans and singular magical snowman. We are witness as each of our main cast begins to experience growing pains.

Elsa (Idina Menzel) is a ball of nerves, always trying to what is best for the kingdom, but ignoring what is best for her. She hears a call of magic and does everything she can to deny the pull. Anna (Kristen Bell) is so constantly worried for her sister and her powers she’s afraid to have her own life away from Elsa. Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) is coming to the realization that his feelings for Anna are something more and he struggles to find the right way and time to propose marriage. Olaf (Jonathan Groff), the closest to any child character, begins to wonder about the permanence of things and if any of what he’s experiencing will make sense when he’s older.

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While many of the questions from “Frozen” are answered, “Frozen 2″ presents us with a new avalanche of questions and themes. What do you do when you find out your ancestors committed horrific acts of betrayal? How do you handle new, negative emotions in the confusion of growing up? How do you push through the grief after a devastating loss? How do you deal with the vulnerabilities of being in love and how can you be a good partner and model healthy behavior when your loved one needs help with a situation that doesn’t center you? These themes and questions are undoubtedly more mature than than those presented in “Frozen,” but in the six years since its release the audience has matured as well. And as I’m sure all parents are very aware of, there will be repeat viewings, during which these themes and answers will hopefully stick.

Much like the themes and characters, the music of “Frozen 2″ is more complex than that of its predecessor. These songs do far more with melody, lyric, humor, and heart. Elsa’s duet with the forest spirits on “Into the Unknown,” is nothing short of magical. Kristoff’s “Lost in the Woods,” a send up of 80’s rock ballads, complete with hair tossing and guitar riffs had the audience in stitches and “The Next Right Thing” will definitely make it on to more than a few adults’ playlists. As a whole and as separate pieces they’re all much stronger and more satisfying, but there isn’t one clear, immediate stand out that could dethrone “Let It Go.”

We may need a “Frozen 3” just to give our favorite set of sisters a proper send off! Catch “Frozen 2” in theaters everywhere this Friday, November 22nd!

Written By: Maria Jackson

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First Love. Last Letter. | TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU Final Trailer!!

It is sequel time! Just when we thought “To All The Boys I Loved” was neatly wrapped a done, Netflix blesses us with a sequel–“To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You?”

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It is sequel time! Just when we thought “To All The Boys I Loved” was neatly wrapped a done, Netflix blesses us with a sequel–“To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You!”

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To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You – Noah Centineo, Lana Condor, Anna Cathcart, John Corbett – Photo Credit: Netflix / Bettina Strauss

It’s a new year and Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) are no longer pretending to be a couple. They ARE a couple. And, as Lara Jean navigates a trove of official firsts with Peter — her first real kiss, her first real date, her first Valentine’s Day — she finds herself leaning more on Kitty and Margot (Anna Cathcart and Janel Parrish), Chris (Madeleine Arthur), and an unexpected new confidant, Stormy (Holland Taylor), to help her manage the complex emotions that come with this new chapter of balancing a relationship and figuring out her authentic self.

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To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You – Jordan Fisher, Lana Condor – Photo Credit: Netflix / Bettina Strauss

But when John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher), another recipient of one of Lara Jean’s old love letters, enters her life again she must rely on herself more than ever as she’s confronted with her first real dilemma: Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

We have to say we cannot wait for this film. The last film was so heartwarming and had all the angst and hi-jinks we love from a teen romantic comedy. It really looks like Lara Jean has her work cut out for her as she navigates these new challenges in her love life.

What do you guys think about the trailer for “To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You?” Are you #TeamJohn or #TeamPeter?Sound off in the comments’ section below!

 

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Meek Mill, Jahi Winston, Teyonah Parris & More Star in “CHARM CITY KINGS” Trailer!

 Growing up in West Baltimore, teenage Mouse (JAHI DI’ALLO WINSTON, Queen & Slim, Proud Mary, The Upside) feels the fierce pull of different forces: Between notorious ex-con Blax (Grammy-nominated best-selling artist MEEK MILL) and concerned Detective Rivers (WILLIAM CATLETT, TV’s “Black Lightning”), and between the straight path set for Mouse by his concerned mother (TEYONAH PARRIS, If Beale Street Could Talk, Dear White People, TV’s “Empire”) and the dangers of gang life, which took his brother’s life.

The one truth Mouse knows is that he loves the power, artistry and energy of “The Ride” — the exhilarating motorized-dirt-bike scene that is both pastime and passion on the streets of Baltimore.

During one eventful summer, Mouse steers his way through two father figures, a first girlfriend, the pull of illegal choices and the thrill of stunt-riding that makes him and his friends feel like “CHARM CITY KINGS.”

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 Growing up in West Baltimore, teenage Mouse (JAHI DI’ALLO WINSTON, Queen & Slim, Proud Mary, The Upside) feels the fierce pull of different forces: Between notorious ex-con Blax (Grammy-nominated best-selling artist MEEK MILL) and concerned Detective Rivers (WILLIAM CATLETT, TV’s “Black Lightning”), and between the straight path set for Mouse by his concerned mother (TEYONAH PARRIS, If Beale Street Could Talk, Dear White People, TV’s “Empire”) and the dangers of gang life, which took his brother’s life.

The one truth Mouse knows is that he loves the power, artistry and energy of “The Ride” — the exhilarating motorized-dirt-bike scene that is both pastime and passion on the streets of Baltimore.

During one eventful summer, Mouse steers his way through two father figures, a first girlfriend, the pull of illegal choices and the thrill of stunt-riding that makes him and his friends feel like “CHARM CITY KINGS.”

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Meek in “Charm City Kings”

We are really excited to see “Charm City Kings!” We personally know Jahi and he is one amazing young actor. Did you catch him in “Queen & Slim?” The film is reminiscent of “Biker Boyz” (2003), with the motorcycle motif. We have no doubt this film is going to amazing. Besides we want to see if Meek Mill has any real acting chops!

CHARM CITY KINGS will debut at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, followed by a release in NY/LA/Baltimore on April 10thand nationwide April 17th 2020.

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[TRAILER] Taskmaster Shows His Skills in 2nd “Black Widow” Movie Trailer!

We are a little less than four months away from the debut of Marvel’s standalone “Black Widow” movie. The film is definitely one of the most anticipated features of 2020. Thankfully, Marvel Studios has now dropped the second official trailer for the film!

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We are a little less than four months away from the debut of Marvel’s standalone “Black Widow” movie. The film is definitely one of the most anticipated features of 2020. Thankfully, Marvel Studios has now dropped the second official trailer for the film!

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As you may already know the film is a prequel, to the Avengers Infinity War and Endgame movies, set shortly after the events of “Captain America: Civil War.Black Widow returns to Russia and reunites with her “family,” Yelena Belenova (another Black Widow), Iron Maiden, and the Red Guardian. With their help she dares to take on The Red Room, the secret organization that creates female spies like herself and the mysterious assassin, Taskmaster!

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Taskmaster (comic book version [left], movie version [right])

The first “Black Widow” trailer focused on Natasha’s [Romanoff] “family” as aforementioned, but this second one gives us a clear look at Taskmaster and hints at his skills. As you can see he an expert swordsman, fighter, gymnast, and has shield throwing skills similar to Captain America’s. In the comics, Taskmaster has “photographic reflexes, the ability to copy and mimic the fighting style of any person he sees granting him limited super speed, Olympic level conditioning, and allows him to predict movements from his opponents. Thus, at this point in the MCU, he possibly has mimicked the fighting styles of multiple Avengers, including Cap, Black Widow, Winter Soldier, and perhaps even Hawkeye. and Black Panther. Needless to Widow has her work cut out for her.

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This new trailer only leaves us feening for the actual film. We really hate Black Widow has not gotten her own film earlier. She is seemingly dead as of “Avengers: Endgame,” and Scarlet Johansson’s contract with Marvel Studios is up. The trailer continues to play on the bond between Natasha and Yelena, forcing us to believe she will completely believe will assume the mantle of Black Widow.

What do you all think of the second official trailer for “Black Widow” and Taskmaster? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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