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“Detective Pikachu”


“Detective Pikachu”
Director: Rob Letterman
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton

Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before. After ace detective Harry Goodman (Paul Kitson) goes mysteriously missing, his 21-year-old son Tim (Justice Smith) takes up the case to find out what happened. But he’s not the only one diving into the disappearance. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds): a Ryan Reynolds-type, hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is an enigma even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on an adventure to unravel their tangled mystery.

“The Hustle”
Director: Chris Addison
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Tim Blake Nelson

For those unaware, “The Hustle,” written by Jac Schaeffer and directed by Chris Addison, is a gender-swapped remake of Frank Oz’s Steve Martin/Michael Caine hit “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” (which — full disclosure — was actually a remake of a 1964 Marlon Brando/David Niven film called “Bedtime Stories.” So it’s getting the “A Star Is Born” treatment). In this film, two con women (Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson) with different styles — one low rent and the other high class — end up competing to see who can seduce and rob a 20-something tech billionaire (Alex Sharp). The pair very much appear to be channeling Martin and Caine in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” with Hathaway playing the straight woman to Wilson’s far less sophisticated and slapstick-heavy character. The loser has to leave town for good. The new comedy is director Chris Addison’s feature directorial debut, although he has much experience directing comedies, having helmed 13 episodes of HBO’s Emmy winner “Veep.”

“All Is True”
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Judy Dench, Ian McKellen

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Kenneth Branagh’s “All Is True” is a portrait of William Shakespeare during the last three years of his life. In 1613, after a devastating fire destroys the Globe Theatre during the first production of Shakespeare’s play “All Is True” (“Life of Henry VIII”), a distraught Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh) returns to Stratford, England. His wife Anne (Judi Dench) and daughters Judith (Kathryn Wilder) and Susanna (Lydia Wilson) are surprised to hear he now intends to stay in Stratford, considering he saw his family so infrequently during his two decades working in London. Shakespeare, haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet (Sam Ellis), attempts to ease his grief by planting a memorial garden for his son. In struggling to mend his family relationships, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war. ♦

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