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Articles by Diana beechener

See the tense reality behind America’s ­successful moon landing 

      President John F. Kennedy promised that America would send a man to the moon by the end of the 1960s. To reach that goal, breaching the heavens and exploring the universe beyond, America made a massive investment: $23 billion. NASA was born, and its astronauts became the stars of American pop culture. 

A feminist superhero makes a strong debut 

      Long before Thanos snapped his fingers to eradicate half the universe, a female soldier in an intergalactic war was seeking her destiny. Vers (Brie Larson) has great power, in the form of powerful photon beams that shoot from her hands. But is the newest member of the Kree army ready for battle?

A family wedding leads to disaster in this tense drama

     Laura (Penélope Cruz) and her children fly to Spain from Argentina to celebrate her niece’s wedding. Everyone in the small village is curious about a woman they see as glamorous and rich. Increasing the intrigue is her husband’s absence. 
It’s man against nature in this gripping drama
     Overgård (Mads Mikkelsen) has timed his survival to the second. The only survivor of an Arctic plane crash, he’s created a strict regimen ruled by the beeps of his wristwatch. Mornings he visits the burial site of his co-pilot to maintain the massive SOS he has carved in frozen snow. Afternoons he grapples up to the highest point he can to hand-crank an emergency transponder in hopes someone will hear him....

A college student fights killers, science and time loops in this fun sequel

     Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) escaped from a time loop of death and resurrection, her lives and deaths controlled by a killer in a baby mask. Her slow evolution to goodness eventually ended her repeating day. 
       Or so she thought.
Everything isn’t awesome in this lackluster sequel
      LEGO master builder Emmet (voiced by Christ Pratt) expects a prompt return to awesome after saving his world from evil President Business. Instead, a new and possibly more dangerous threat emerges as a new species invades the LEGO world.
Peter Jackson uses technology to breathe life into 100-year-old history
      In 1914, the men of the United Kingdom were called to war. They signed up by the thousands, men and boys as young as 14 joining the British armed forces with hopes of distinguishing themselves. 
     They thought it would be an adventure: their chance to become like the heroes they read about in books.
     The reality, however, was different.

A story too ridiculous to miss — once it streams

     Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) has carved out a sun-soaked life on the idyllic island of Plymouth. When not hunting a fish he’s named Justice, he runs charter-fishing trips for rich clients.
Two modern comedy greats take on two legends in this fantastic biopic
      In the 1930s, Laurel & Hardy were the movies’ most famous duo. Beloved by the masses, their comedy shorts raked in cash. However, Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly) missed out on the wealth. 
      Signed into an unfair contract, they earned little more than union rates and were forced to work nonstop.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a legend and a feminist icon; Which makes this middling biopic more the shame

      On paper, Ruth Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) seemed a rising lawyer marked for success. One of the first women accepted into Harvard Law School, she was the head of her class and made Law Review. But in the 1950s’ legal climate, Ginsburg ranked as either a nasty know-it-all the men wouldn’t like or a pretty lady the lawyer-wives would see as a threat....