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Movie Review: The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales * Have You Ever Wondered If The Cast Members At The “Happiest Place On Earth” Are Happy Themselves?

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Movie Review: The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales * Have You Ever Wondered If The Cast Members At The “Happiest Place On Earth” Are Happy Themselves?

Abigail Disney looks at America’s dysfunctional and unequal economy and asks why the American Dream has worked for the wealthy, yet is a nightmare for people born with less. Using her family’s story, Disney explores how this systemic injustice took hold and imagines a way toward a more equitable future.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Tiana S. comments, “Have you ever wondered if the cast members and staff at the “happiest place on Earth” are actually happy themselves? Well, The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales is … eye-opening, and shocking, and exposes the wealth inequality among employees at Disneyland and other companies in the United States.” See her full review and interview with the filmmakers below.

The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales By Tiana S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Have you ever wondered if the cast members and staff at the “happiest place on Earth” are actually happy themselves? Well, The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales is the documentary you need to watch! It’s eye-opening, and shocking, and exposes the wealth inequality among employees at Disneyland and other companies in the United States.

The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales follows philanthropist and co-director, Dr. Abigail Disney, the great-niece of Walt Disney and the granddaughter of Roy O. Disney, as she embarks on a journey to bring awareness to pay gaps between the rich and poor workers at companies such as Disney. The story starts in 2018 when Dr. Disney is contacted by Disneyland employees for help because they are struggling to afford food, housing, and even cover medical expenses.

This documentary uses videos of protests, court proceedings, cast member interviews, and experiences to tell the stories of how employees that help create the magic at Disneyland don’t have fair and equal pay and how that needs to change. My favorite part of this documentary is seeing how all the workers featured were willing to share their stories, rally, protest, and even host food drives for workers to help make a difference. While most would be scared to make a film like this, I love the bravery it took for Dr. Disney to speak up and make these issues public, especially since the fight is against the company that bears her name and family legacy. It’s a documentary that is sure to stun its audience.

The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales highlights how companies must have fair and equal pay for all employees. It’s not right for people to work hard to make CEOs and others rich at a company and still have to be on food stamps and homeless. While there isn’t anything for parents to look out for, I wouldn’t recommend showing it to young viewers to avoid ruining the magic of Disney for them.

While the topics covered in The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales are very serious, somehow Dr. Disney and co-director Kathleen Hughes courageously deliver this bold film in a very easy-to-understand and entertaining format. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. This inspiring documentary will debut first in Orlando, Florida, starting on September 16, 2022. It will be available in additional markets and video-on-demand on September 23.

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Movie Review: Railway Children * An Epic Combination Of Emotion And Action That Pulls You In And Then Slams You With Grief

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Movie Review: Railway Children * An Epic Combination Of Emotion And Action That Pulls You In And Then Slams You With Grief

Inspired by one of the most beloved British family films of all time, Railway Children is an enchanting, moving, and heart-warming adventure for a new generation. 1944 — As life in Britain’s cities becomes increasingly perilous, three evacuee children — Lily (Beau Gadsdon), Pattie (Eden Hamilton) and Ted (Zac Cudby) Watts — are sent by their mother from Salford to the Yorkshire village of Oakworth. There to meet them on the train station platform are Bobbie Waterbury (Jenny Agutter, reprising her iconic role in the original film), her daughter, Annie (Sheridan Smith), and grandson Thomas (Austin Haynes), and with their help the evacuees are soon settling into their new life in the countryside. When the children discover injured American soldier Abe (KJ Aikens), hiding out in the railyard at Oakworth Station, they are thrust into a dangerous quest to assist their new friend who, like them, is a long way from home.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Kyla C. comments, “Railway Children is an epic combination of emotion and action. It pulls you in and keeps you watching and then slams you with grief. All of the actors who play the five leading kids, Lily, Pattie, Ted, Thomas (Austin Haynes) and Abe, are fantastic at conveying the sadness to the audience.” See her full review and interviews below.

Railway Children

By Kyla C, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 13

A heart-wrenching and adventurous new film set partway through World War II, Railway Children is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. The excellent acting highlights the emotional plot twists in the well-written script, and the time period is clearly depicted through costumes and props. Grab some popcorn, grab some tissues and get watching!

Railway Children follows three kids, Lily (Beau Gadsdon), Pattie (Eden Hamilton) and Ted (Zac Cudby) who are sent away to the countryside in England for safety during the war. There, although missing their mom immensely, they live happily with a temporary family. One day, while playing hide and seek in a train station, they discover a person living in one of the abandoned train carts. At first, they believe it is a German spy, but they later come to learn a lot about the boy, Abe (KJ Aikens), and his story. However, when Lily receives news that Abe could be more than he’s let on, they have to decide whether to help him illegally or turn him in.

Railway Children is an epic combination of emotion and action. It pulls you in and keeps you watching and then slams you with grief. All of the actors who play the five leading kids, Lily, Pattie, Ted, Thomas (Austin Haynes) and Abe, are fantastic at conveying the sadness to the audience. Beau Gadson as Lily stands out as being a strong and emotional actress. In addition, the costumes, props and accents help express the settings and develop the characters. One example is the school uniform. Although they are all basically the same, each character has a spark in their outfit that matches their personality. This could be the hairstyle, headpiece, belt, scarf or shoes. The kids’ costumes look absolutely adorable on screen, especially on the little siblings.

The message of Railway Children is that you can always make a stand and fight for what’s right. Lily is a strong-willed older sister who is determined to help Abe no matter the cost. Teamwork is also encouraged in this film. What seemed like life or death disputes at school quickly dissolve when another kid is in need of their help. There is some minor inappropriate language and violence.

I give Railway Children 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18 plus adults. You can watch Railway Children in theaters only on September 23, 2022.

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Review: Heathers: The Musical * A Front Row Seat To Witness The Witty And Creative Production That Continues To Revolutionize Theater And Lives

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Review: Heathers: The Musical * A Front Row Seat To Witness The Witty And Creative Production That Continues To Revolutionize Theater And Lives

Welcome to Westerberg High, where Veronica Sawyer is just another one of the nobodies dreaming of a better day. But when she’s unexpectedly taken under the wings of the three beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers, her dreams of popularity finally start to come true. Until JD shows up — the mysterious teen rebel who teaches her that everyone fears being a nobody, but its murder being a somebody…

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Heather S., comments, “Bring Broadway to the small screen with Heathers: The Musical! Sit in the front row and witness the musical that took the world by storm. The witty and creative production continues to revolutionize theater and lives.” See her full review and interview with director Andy Finkman below.

Heathers: The Musical

By Heather S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Bring Broadway to the small screen with Heathers: The Musical! Sit in the front row and witness the musical that took the world by storm. The witty and creative production continues to revolutionize theater and lives.

Heathers: The Musical is a musical theater adaptation of the 1988 film Heathers. When Veronica (Ailsa Davidson) wants to fit in with the cool crew at her new school, the most popular girls, the Heathers, (Madison Firth, Vanka Panka, Teleri Hughes) take her under their wing. As Veronica realizes that being popular isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, she tries to escape the clique she’s become a part of, and soon finds that it’ll be much more difficult than she thought.

Heathers: The Musical brings the off-Broadway production to audience’s homes. The recording of the musical makes it easy for theater fans of all ages to re-watch their favorite play. The film really captures the magic of the theater and hits every mark. The live audience reaction adds to the feeling that viewers are in an opera house, watching the production live. The acting is colorful and easily defines the characters’ personalities. Veronica dangles in the morally gray character. She’s awkward and funny, but will cross the line between innocence and murder. Meanwhile J.D. (Simon Gordon) is someone who may not be the best boyfriend, but he’s a character we can’t help but love. All of the actors’ performances are outstanding; they emphasize character development, belt out high notes and dance to difficult choreography. It’s clear that every actor is a triple threat and enjoys performing for live audiences. The standout performance is Ailsa Davidson, as Veronica. She is a star and captures every scene she is in. Each musical number is fantastic and gives insight to each character and their life. The most recognizable song is “Candy Store.” This performance upholds its reputation and proves why it is the most famous song of the soundtrack.

The message of the film is a reminder to be yourself. Veronica craved to be popular and, once she thought she had good friends and changes her entire personality, she realizes that what she really wants is to be herself. This film is inappropriate for younger audiences due to crude language, partial nudity, heavy sexual innuendo, murder and suicide.

I give Heathers: The Musical 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. It launches on the Roku Channel September 16, 2022.

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Book Review: Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiara * Gives Insight Into These Characters Beyond The Ball Gowns, Princes And Tiaras

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Book Review: Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiara * Gives Insight Into These Characters Beyond The Ball Gowns, Princes And Tiaras

Everyone knows the Disney Princess characters, but how did they become the cultural icons we know today? From the Princesses Walt Disney and his artists brought to the screen in the 20th century, such as Snow White and Aurora, to the recent additions such as Moana, Tiana and Rapunzel, each Disney Princess character’s influence has expanded beyond their original film. Each of their unique, individual stories create a fabric with the power to inspire our imaginations, spark social conversations, and empower us. Featured Disney Princesses include Moana, Merida, Rapunzel, Tiana, Mulan, Pocahontas, Jasmine, Belle, Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White. Organized by themes of origins and inspirations, re-imaginings, toys and collectibles, fashion, music, parks, fandom, and more, the book features memorabilia and interviews with Disney historians, directors, voice talent and fans. Explore the different eras, influences, and legacies of the Princesses with Disney Legends such as Jodi Benson (voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid and author of the book’s foreword), Lea Salonga (the singing voice behind two Princesses, Jasmine and Mulan) and composer Alan Menken.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Nyara A. comments, “Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiara is an enlightening book that gives you true insight into character design and animation beyond the ball gowns, princes, and tiaras. The reader learns about the process of Disney filmmaking from the steps of animating the characters to the fashion designers behind the classic “princess dresses.” See her full review and interview with the author below.

Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiara

By Nyara A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiara is an enlightening book that gives you true insight into character design and animation beyond the ball gowns, princes, and tiaras. The reader learns about the process of Disney filmmaking from the steps of animating the characters to the fashion designers behind the classic “princess dresses.”

Author Emily Zemler engages the reader with an abundance of colorful and appealing photos. These images help you recognize the immense amount of work you never knew was necessary to create your favorite princesses. My favorite part of this book is the chapter on the fashion designers and artists who worked tirelessly to create perfect dresses that matched each character and their personality.

This book would be a fascinating read for Disney-loving families or teens and adults. Each chapter of Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiara describes a different element of this process including animation, music, fashion, marketing, and merchandising, as well as its famous theme park, Disneyland. Readers will enjoy learning about the development of animation from the early 1930s with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the early twenty-first century with popular films such as Moana and Encanto. It even offers the reader insight into how classic animated films have been adapted into modern live-action movies, many with actors we all know and love.

By including pictures, quotes, illustrations and memoirs written firsthand by Disney voice stars, every type and age of reader can easily engage in the storytelling. Although this book contains positive information about the Disney Princess franchise, it does not address the issues the company faced with complaints such as princesses having an unrealistic body image or the lack of diversity.

I give Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiara 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Kids under 12 would benefit from reading it with their parents. It will be available starting September 20, 2022, at online retailers and in bookstores.

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Movie Review: Andor * Perhaps The Best Star Wars Spin-Off Series So Far, It’s Superb Script, Visuals And Performances Will Grip You Throughout Its Duration

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Movie Review: Andor * Perhaps The Best Star Wars Spin-Off Series So Far, It’s Superb Script, Visuals And Performances Will Grip You Throughout Its Duration

The series explores a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved. It’s an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Eshaan M. comments, “Perhaps the best Star Wars spin-off series so far, Andor’s superb script, visuals and performances will grip you throughout its duration. The force is indeed strong with this dark, grounded show, which comfortably departs from the Star Wars formula in significant ways.” Heather S. adds, “The theme of the show is to fight for what you believe in. In the early days of the Rebellion, there weren’t many fighters for the cause, and it was a risky gamble to join up against the Empire. Cassian takes the risk to fight against oppression and to take a stand.” See their complete reviews below.

Andor

By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Perhaps the best Star Wars spin-off series so far, Andor’s superb script, visuals and performances will grip you throughout its duration. The force is indeed strong with this dark, grounded show, which comfortably departs from the Star Wars formula in significant ways.

A gritty, layered prequel to the highly popular (and also prequel) movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Andor follows Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) on a five-year journey as he grows from a revolution-averse, shifty, cynical con man to a selfless, Empire-defying rebel against the Galactic Empire. When confronted with enemy after enemy, Andor continually proves himself to be the perfect sort of spy, revolutionary and killer.

Thank you, Tony Gilroy, for creating this series. It’s simply incredible. Driven by mood, Andor seems more like a crime drama or a Ridley Scott sci-fi film than a true Star Wars film. Though the first two episodes are a bit slow and offer pretty low-stakes, with lots and lots of exposition, Luna pushes the series, one of his best performances yet, to excellence. Episode three, especially, is WOW. His power to add nuance to what starts as a one-dimensional personality — surly dude disillusioned with his surroundings — is remarkable. We’re lucky he reprised his role. Adding a tiny note here, I love how Luna keeps his native Mexican accent in all his portrayals of Cassian Andor. It adds something to the role! The plot of Andor is simple enough, and this allows for both the trademark character development and world-building of the Star Wars universe and also the slow reveal of the Rebel Alliance forming. Stellan Skarsgård’s portrayal of Luthen Rael is subtle without being dry, and he helps elevate the show and make it even more riveting. The production quality, much like the acting, is off the charts; every scene is engineered to be utterly stunning. Half the time the feeling of dread is offset by, “oh my goodness, look at the sky.” All of this — the new tone, new feel, new style — might be too different for some, but the utter novelty is to be appreciated. Finally, the beautiful score by Nicholas Britell adds so much to the retro-futurism of Andor and makes the performances pop even more.

Andor promotes fighting for good causes, allowing yourself to be taken by passion, and leading others for the greater good. Beyond these lessons, it’s also a master class (tonally, visually, sonically) for filmmakers playing in the sandbox. There are some sexual undertones in the first episode and violent scenes.

I give Andor 4.5 stars out of 5 and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Andor releases on Disney+ September 21, 2022.

Andor

By Heather S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Andor, a prequel to Rogue One, is the latest Star Wars-inspired series to debut to much enthusiasm from expectant fans. Despite some exciting cameos, though, the series lacks the boldness of its predecessors.

Andor follows Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), before he was known as Captain of the Rebellion. When he murders two officers and has an arrest warrant on his head, he meets Luthen (Stellan Skarsgård) who offers Cassian the opportunity of a lifetime: to join the early formations of the Rebellion against the Empire. Viewers will recognize the character of Cassian from Rogue One. In the film, he’s witty, smart and callous. In his own series, however, he’s described as being a playboy and smooth talker, though in many ways he doesn’t really live up to that description; it’s rare that we see him engaging or displaying these qualities. The series has some strong points. The CGI is extremely realistic, transporting viewers to never-before-seen planets. The fight scenes keep you on your toes, always waiting for the next blaster battle. In the past several years, Disney has produced outstanding and mind-blowing Star Wars shows like Obi Wan Kenobi and The Mandalorian. Both series have deep connections to the Star Wars universe and set the bar high for upcoming Star Wars projects. Audiences can decide if Andor meets the expectations set up by those series or not.

The theme of the show is to fight for what you believe in. In the early days of the Rebellion, there weren’t many fighters for the cause, and it was a risky gamble to join up against the Empire. Cassian takes the risk to fight against oppression and to take a stand.

I give Andor 3 out of 5 stars, and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. It begins streaming on Disney+ September 21, 2022.

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Movie Review: Fishtales: Seal World: Seal World * Smart And Subtle – Quietly Threads Life Lessons Throughout The Storyline

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Movie Review: Fishtales: Seal World: Seal World * Smart And Subtle – Quietly Threads Life Lessons Throughout The Storyline

Alba the seal is leaving Fishtale Reef to go to Seal School in the big bay! All her friends in Fishtale Reef work around the clock to prepare the best farewell party for the adorable seal in Fishtales: Seal World!

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Alma K. comments, “Fishtales: Seal World: Seal World is a very sweet show. It’s geared for a younger audience than me, but I believe it will be a favorite among younger kids. Parents will like it too as aspects of it are educational.” Avalon N. adds, “I really like the way Fishtales: Seal World: Seal World quietly sneaks in life lessons threaded throughout the storyline. It’s smart and yet subtle; perfect for a kids’ TV show. I love how vibrant and colorful the entire show is – the backgrounds and the characters — both in looks and personality.” See their full reviews below.

Fishtales: Seal World: Seal World

By Alma K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Fishtales: Seal World: Seal World is a very sweet show. It’s geared for a younger audience than me, but I believe it will be a favorite among younger kids. Parents will like it too as aspects of it are educational.

The latest in the acclaimed Fishtales: Seal World series, the storyline of Fishtales: Seal World: Seal World follows Fifi, a bubbly pink fish, and her best friend Lily, a whale, who get news about one of their friends moving away. They go visit the Magic Pearl who is the only one that can confirm if this is true and if so, why? It turns out that Alba the seal is leaving Fishtale Reef to go to Seal School in the big bay! Fifi and Lily struggle with keeping the secret, but once the secret comes out they decide that they’re going to throw Alba the best surprise farewell party ever.

I really like the way Fishtales: Seal World: Seal World quietly sneaks in life lessons threaded throughout the storyline. It’s smart and yet subtle; perfect for a kids’ TV show. I love how vibrant and colorful the entire show is – the backgrounds and the characters — both in looks and personality. I also appreciate how detailed the characters are. Fifi is a fish and, obviously, her parents are the same type of fish, but you can clearly tell who is who because of the slight changes in color, eyelashes or headpieces. I really like how they paid so much attention to these small things. The same applies to the backgrounds. There are two rooms that look almost exactly the same, but have small differences, barely noticeable, but enough so you can appreciate it.

The message is that you have to be happy for others and want the best for them. Lily and Fifi are obviously sad that Alba is leaving, but at the same time, are happy she gets to live out her dream of going to Seal School. There are some really nice lessons for young children in the film – touching topics like secrets, not getting what you want and similar.

I give Fishtales: Seal World: Seal World 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. Fishtales: Seal World: Seal World will be available on VOD and DVD beginning September 6, 2022. Go check it out!

Fishtales: Seal World

By Avalon N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

Fishtales: Seal World is a film that really shows how people, or fish, can care for each other. It really speaks to my heart; what makes it amazing is how it has so much love and support for all the characters.

This show is about a fish named Fifi and a baby whale named Lily. They find out that Alba, the seal, is leaving and plan a surprise party for her called “Operation: Secret Party.” All of this has to be kept secret from Alba the seal.

There are so many cool things to talk about in Fishtales: Seal World. First, there are so many minor characters, which is so amazing. Throughout the show the main characters, Fifi and Lily meet many diverse characters that help them out and give them advice. Second, there’s even a moment where the characters of the show break the fourth wall and address the audience. For example, it asks kids to figure out a word starting with the letter “P” that means: asking nicely. Third, the animation is quite good and differs from other animation I’ve ever seen; it really showcases the marine life in a different, more kid friendly way. The voice actors, starting with Sarah Taylor, KJ Schrock and Simon Hill, are all so impressive. It can often be hard to figure out how a sea creature might speak, yet these actors manage to pull it off. The voice actor for Tickles, a starfish, has a very bland animated face but the voice actor really brings him to life by giving him more excitement and joy than his face portrays.

The message of this film is that secrets should stay secrets, especially if they’re not yours to tell. We should always trust and care for each other.

I give Fishtales: Seal World 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8, plus adults. It releases on DVD and digital September 16, 2022.

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Movie Review: The Woman King * Scintillating Portrayal Of Powerful Women Protectors Driving Change In One Of World History’s Most Heart-Rending Times: The Era Of The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

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Movie Review: The Woman King * Scintillating Portrayal Of Powerful Women Protectors Driving Change In One Of World History’s Most Heart-Rending Times: The Era Of The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

The Woman King is the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s with skills and a fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen. Inspired by true events, The Woman King follows the emotionally epic journey of General Nanisca (Oscar®-winner Viola Davis) as she trains the next generation of recruits and readies them for battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life. Some things are worth fighting for….

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Eshaan M. comments, “The Woman King is a scintillating portrayal of powerful women protectors driving change in one of world history’s most pivotal and often heart-rending times: the era of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Yet even through the beautifully-filmed and well-choreographed battle scenes, moments of love triumph and make this film worth watching.” Zoe C. adds, “Female power at its finest! The Woman King is a vibrant celebration of the fierce determination and courage of women. This action film combines a powerful story, vibrant characters, humor and melodrama and—believe it or not—it’s inspired by true events.” See their full reviews below.

The Woman King

By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

The Woman King is a scintillating portrayal of powerful women protectors driving change in one of world history’s most pivotal and often heart-rending times: the era of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Yet even through the beautifully-filmed and well-choreographed battle scenes, moments of love triumph and make this film worth watching.

Set in the 19th century in the West African kingdom of Dahomey, The Woman King follows the all-female group of warriors, the Agojie, and their general, Nanisca (Viola Davis) as they fight, not just against the rival Oyo and Mahi tribes, but foreigners who wish to destroy their way of life and take their people. Along the way, Nanisca must grapple with her past… and Nawi (Thuso Mbedo), a young girl among the ranks of the Agojie who turns out to shape Nanisca’s future.

Director Gina Prince-Bythewood outdoes herself. Beyond being a film that does its bit to rectify historical exclusion of African narratives in Hollywood, The Woman King is a superb crowd-pleaser, with familiar thematic beats of moralism, love, and community and a fresh-enough take on the “historical war film.” The sets transport viewers to pre-colonial Benin, and the cinematography, especially the use of light (inside the palace barracks) and color (the earthy tones of Dahomey’s villages), further enhances the viewing experience. The background score by Lebo M. and Terence Blanchard draws on traditional West African music. It’s simply goosebump-inducing to watch the Agojie charge into battle accompanied by soulful singing and the djembe and marimba. Good Lord — can Viola Davis do no wrong? The highly-proclaimed actress is perfect for the role of the ruthless, defensive, protective leader; the emotional depth Davis taps into is frankly impressive. She hits all the notes — trauma survivor, bereaved mother, sister in arms — impeccably. Davis’ character’s more conservative, regimented, typically “top brass” attributes are beautifully offset by Thuso Mbedo’s portrayal of Nawi, the newest recruit who seems to challenge every rule so carefully enforced by Nanisca (and isn’t afraid to confront Nanisca as an “arrogant old woman”).

Nawi and Nanisca’s relationship flowers in a way that will make viewers say “aww” and though the two tussle every so frequently, the duo becomes the most lovable part of the film — a tough contest. A close second favorite is Izogie (Lashana Lynch), a more experienced member of the Agojie, who is equal parts hilarious, profound, and sweet. My favorite line of Izogie’s is essentially, “We all have a lot to cry about; it is better to laugh.”

The Woman King promotes liberty, staying true to yourself, standing up for what is right, keeping your head held high (but your arrogance in check), obeying authority while also making wise decisions for yourself, and protecting those you love. Nanisca fights against King Ghezo’s (John Boyega) vision to sell their prisoners of war to the Europeans for guns and other “valuable” goods, acting as a strong voice against racism and the commodification of humans.

I give The Woman King 5 stars out of 5 and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. The Woman King releases in theaters on September 16, 2022.

The Woman King

By Zoe C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

Female power at its finest! The Woman King is a vibrant celebration of the fierce determination and courage of women. This action film combines a powerful story, vibrant characters, humor and melodrama and—believe it or not—it’s inspired by true events.

In the early 1800s, an all-female military regiment battled against slave trading and protected the African kingdom of Dahomey. They were called the Agojie, and they served their king. Although they were the king’s wives, they were confined to stay celibate. Leading the group of brave warriors is General Nanisca, gracefully played by Viola Davis. A young girl, Nawi (Thusi Mbedu), decides to be part of the army and through her journey we discover how the Agojies operate. She develops an intriguing relationship with Nanisca who trains the next generation of fighters and reminds us of a mother figure to all the brave army. When the kingdom of Dahoney faces the imminent threat to their freedom of European colonialism, they must fight for their lives.

In a movie industry crowded with latex-wearing super heroes, the down-to-earth tone and naturalistic cinematography encourages us to stay connected with the story. The score immerses us in an epic adventure while the audience vibrates with the sounds of the orchestra. The performances in this movie were absolutely captivating and energetic. The ensemble of actresses embodies diversity and personalities, some being more charismatic and stronger; others more vulnerable and funny. Viola Davis is the perfect actress to portray Nanisca and her mannerisms bring all the gravitas required to play this role. Thusi Mbedu plays Nawi with fragility and forcefulness, and Lashana Lynch in her role of Izogie refreshes the screen with subtle humor and flawless charisma. The script by Dana Stevens is based on a story by actress Maria Bello; together, Stevens and Bello remarkably find the most fascinating facts in the true events and deliver a powerful storyline with fictional poetic license. Director Gina Prince-Bythewood delivers an entertaining film, if somewhat overwhelming, with some crowd pleasing elements that may push the film as a big commercial success.

The Woman King shows women can serve their own passions like loyalty to their own country and principles and not focus on pleasing men. The message of the film is we can decide our own destiny, and that some things are worth fighting for. There are some strong violent scenes and brief nudity.

I give The Woman King 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 and up. The Woman King opens September 16, 2022 in theaters.

Keywords: Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, John Boyega, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Jimmy Odukoya, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Dana Stevens, Maria Bello, Cathy Schulman, Juliuss Tinnon, Terence Blachard, Polly Morgan, Masali Baduza, Jayme Lawson, Adrienne Warren, Chioma Antoinette Umeala, Siyamthanda Makakane, Shaina West, Sivuyile Ngesi, Riaan Visman, Seputle Sebogodi, Angelique Kidjo, Wanda Banda

What are the primary goals and benefits of wholesale clothing dropshippers USA?

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What are the primary goals and benefits of wholesale clothing dropshippers USA?

It is significant for a business to know this tactic and notice if it fits in the type of business they perform. Many clothing/apparel or shoe businesses utilize this strategy of US-based dropshippers clothes and bring benefits tactics around it. Therefore, one should check the newest fashion trends to suggest where the best deals may be created. The procedure has to be research-oriented, and if the choice of approving a dropshipping tactic is made, the accurate merchant should be selected.

The order procedure in this sample clothing business comprises the following steps:

  1. Customer platforms order on the merchant’s website, app, or contact number. An email verifying the order is made routinely by the store software. The payment process is also made with post look into.
  2. The outlet platforms place orders with its dealer.
  3. The wholesale shop delivers the order straight to the purchaser.
  4. The outlet alerts the buyers about the consignment by sending tracking information and other related details through mail.

This unique model offers a comprehensive range of benefits:

Advantages of Dropshipping Clothes:

Less Capital is Required

The skill to set up an online business without investment in account upfront may be the primary benefit of Wholesale clothing dropshippers US. Merchants have to give a major amount of resources to buy commodities.

With the dropshipping strategy, no need to purchase a product unless the transaction has been done and the consumer has paid off for it. It’s possible to set up an unbeaten dropshipping business with low expenditures.

The Ease and Convenience of Starting the Business

When no one is there to handle real things, starting an ecommerce business is very much more accessible. Do not worry at all with any of the following, even as dropshipping:

  1. Looking after making payments for the warehouse
  2. Arranging and mailing the goods
  3. Account tracking for accounting purposes
  4. Profits and incoming delivery management
  5. Continually providing the combination and keeping track of stocks

Overhead Costs are Low

The overhead expenses are low-priced as one no needs to worry about obtaining merchandise or maintaining a warehouse. However, most successful US based dropshippers businesses are done with proper management systems from home with the help of a laptop and a monthly budget in low budget. These expenses will undoubtedly increase as the company develops, but they will be quite cost-effective than typical businesses.

Location is Flexible

Wholesale clothing dropshippers US business might be carried out from more or less anywhere that can access to the Internet. A person can set up and handle a company with effective communication with suppliers and consumers.

A Wide Range of Products

One can offer a broad array of things to prospective consumers because one cannot pre-purchase the retail stuff. If the distributors keep products in stock, they can be sold on the website without payments.

These benefits make US-based dropshippers a very engaging tactic for beginner and experienced merchants.

Green Screen and Video Studio Rental Utah

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Green Screen and Video Studio Rental Utah

When we watch a movie we will like a number of factors in the movie some might like the songs in the movie, some might like the story of the movie, some might like the actor and actress in the movie, and some might even like the scenes and the location where the movie is shot. Have ever liked a fighting scene in a movie and wondered how was the actor even able to do it? The answer is by using a green screen. With the help of a green screen, you can shoot and edit any scene of the movie. A Green screen is a great option when you are on a budget and want to shoot a movie with beautiful backgrounds and scenery. Now let us look at some of the advantages of using a green screen for shooting a movie.

  1. Cost Effective

When you want to shoot a movie scene abroad it will be quite expensive, because you have to take all the people along with the equipment to the location and bare all the traveling expenses. However, by using a green screen you can recreate the exact same location using graphics which is a much cheaper option.

  1. Time-Saving

Traveling from one location to another location just to shoot a movie scene will consume a lot of time. But you can shoot the same scene by renting a green screen and a video studio, you’ll not only be able to save time but you’ll also make the scene virtually appealing with the help of graphics.

  1. Safety of actors

There will be a number of scenes in a movie where the actors have to fight or film with fire or other harmful backgrounds. These types of scenes should be shot with most care, so the actor does not get injured while filming the scene. By using a green screen, you can edit the scene however you want and you need not worry about the actor’s safety.

  1. Scheduling

Scheduling a movie is not an easy task, there are a number of factors you need to consider one of them is climate. When you want to shoot a scene outdoors then climate plays a very important role. You can rent a green screen and a video studio and schedule your shooting whenever you want because the climate will not affect the shooting in any way.

These were some of the benefits of renting a green screen and a video studio. So if you are planning to shoot a movie in Utah then contact Creative Stream Studios as they provide a green screen and video studio for rent at a reasonable price.

 

The Five Steps of an Expert dental cleaning St Louis

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The Five Steps of an Expert dental cleaning St Louis

A lot of individuals dislike seeing the dentist. This is understandable given the strange noises, prodding, and somewhat uncomfortable jaw. However, being aware of what happens during the cleaning process can commonly make the experience less stressful for you.

Even though each dentist’s cleaning method is different, you should reasonably anticipate the following throughout a dental cleaning treatment.

  1. Oral examination

The dental hygienist will physically inspect your mouth before starting the cleaning. The dental hygienist will use a small mirror during this quick examination to look at your teeth, gums, and entire mouth.

The oral examination aims to look for indications of infection, decay, or other dental issues. If your hygienist discovers a serious issue, she will ask a dentist to determine if the dental cleaning should go on.

2. Scaling

Using a dental scalar and a small mirror to help them, your dental hygienist will then remove the tartar from between your teeth and along the gum line.

Although you will hear scraping, you can relax because this is natural. The dental hygienist will take longer to scrape a single location if there is a lot of tartar growth in your mouth.

3. Deep Cleaning and Polishing by Professionals

Your hygienist will use a strong electric toothbrush to brush your teeth after scaling to eliminate any remaining tartar after your teeth are free of it.

Prophylaxis paste is a special type of toothpaste used by dental professionals to clean teeth. The gritty texture of the toothpaste cleanses and polishes teeth. Like regular toothpaste, prophylaxis paste has a similar flavor and aroma. You can be given the option to specify the flavor of the paste by your hygienist.

This process is essential and takes the most time. Be prepared for some loud noises. You’ll experience a slow grinding motion on your teeth and hear the electrical brush grinding. The treatment is simple and painless, though.

4. Rinsing

The next step is to rinse your mouth to get rid of any leftover tartar. Your dental hygienist will either give you a solution that contains liquid fluoride to rinse your mouth or will spray water into it.

5. Flossing properly

Whether you floss or not, using professional floss has its benefits. Your dentist will floss your teeth to get rid of any remaining plaque and paste.

Your dental hygienist could also highlight any trouble spots in this stage that need further care. To assist, the hygienist could recommend particular flossing methods.

Your hygienist will also use a little brush to apply fluoride varnish to your teeth in addition to the frothy gel. After that, use water to rinse away any extra fluoride. After treatment, refrain from eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes to allow the fluoride to absorb.

Your dentist will do the final examination when the hygienist has finished the mentioned stages. Depending on what they find in your mouth, the dentist may decide to do additional operations. At least twice a year, visit your dentist for routine teeth cleaning. For more details visit: https://stallings.dental/cleanings-prevention/

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