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Articles by Diana Beechener

On summer vacation, Peter Parker finds his place in the world

 

WARNING: This review contains spoilers for Infinity War, which you should have seen by now. 

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Woody discovers his purpose in this hilarious sequel

 

      After spending his life as the favorite toy, Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) is in for a rude awakening. His new charge, Bonnie, is a spunky little girl with boundless imagination who loves to play. But she’s not that interested in playing with Woody. 

     Now, Woody’s left in the closet to watch others have fun. 

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Zombie movies get a quirky comedy sendup 

 

      In the sleepy town of Centerville, everything seems routine. Police Chief Cliff Robertson (Bill Murray) and his Deputy Ronnie (Adam Driver) ride lazily through the streets, stopping at the local diner for coffee and checking on a farmer’s missing chicken.

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Women make a charming challenge to the boys’ comedy club

 

      The only woman in a field of men, Katherine Newberry (Emma Thompson) is at the top of the late-night game. She has countless awards, uncompromising standards and a massive legacy. She doesn’t have ratings, however.

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The herb is a balm for many senses

 

      Once you learn how to grow lavender (covered in last week’s column) you’ll want to use it. The French put lavender in everything. They use it decoratively, for fragrance, in medicine, in cooking, in making liquers, in landscaping and for repelling moths. When you purchase a woolen product in France, it usually comes with a small bag of lavender to keep moths out....

It's gonna be a long, long time before you see another biopic this good

     Reginald Dwight (Taron Egerton) is a lonely little boy saved by his ear. Neglected by his mother and spurned by his father, little Reg turns to music. When his grandmother realizes he can copy music from the radio on the piano, she suggests lessons.
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A street rat wishes his way to a crown in this entertaining but flawed remake

 

     Street kid Aladdin (Mena Massoud) dreams of a better life. His encounter with disguised princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) motivates him to seek a higher station in life and make himself marriageable. 

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A former hitman fights for his life in this ­fantastic action romp
      Semi-retired assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is having a bad run. Declared excommunicado for making a hit at a hotel where hitmen find refuge, Wick is under contract. With $14 million on his head tempting his former colleagues, he has one hour to get out of town.
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An unlikely duo looks for love in a fraught political climate

      Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is a secretary of state seeking to climb higher. The president, a former TV star uninterested in running the country, has grown bored with his job and will not seek reelection. 
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A talking critter helps a boy search for his father in this charming family film
     When detective Harry Goodman goes missing, his estranged son Tim (Justice Smith) journeys to Ryme City to look into the disappearance. 
      Ryme City is a rare place in the world of Pokémon. Founded by billionaire Howard Clifford (Bill Nighy), who cherishes the Pokémon-human relationship, the city is populated by exotic creatures that accompany their humans everywhere they go.
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