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The Polka King – Movie Review

The Polka King is based on the true story about local Pennsylvania polka legend, Jan Lewan, who develops get-rich quick schemes in order to enjoy the finer things in life. Starring Jack Black as Jan Lewan and Jenny Slate as his wife, Maria, the film depicts a time in Lewan’s life when his gift shop business is failing. Lewan takes it upon himself to start building investors, with himself as the brand. Using the money from unsuspecting victims, he creates, among other things, a recording label and a travel agency. Even when the government comes knocking on his door, warning him to “close up shop” on his illegal dealings, Lewan is determined to keep the money flowing.

Fans of polka music might enjoy the songs, and some of the acting, particularly that of Jack Black as an immigrant looking to make his fame and fortune in America. Black gets it down, right to the accent, the larger-than-life dreams, the big personality, and even the extensive hand gestures when he talked. Jenny Slate gave a passable performance as his wife. However, whether due to the writing or just her interpretation of her character, there seemed to be a lack of connection with her husband, both in on-screen chemistry as well as in the relationship itself.

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The Greatest Showman

Inspired by P.T. Barnum’s vision, The Greatest Showman is a musical masterpiece that delivers both in song and dance. With the Academy Award winning lyricists of LA LA Land at the helm, this is one soundtrack that is definitely worth getting.

Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, a man with big dreams looking to make his fortune with his wife Charity, played by Michelle Williams at his side, is inspired by his daughters, (Austyn Johnson and Cameron Seely) to turn his museum filled with dead things into a place filled with living “oddities” that the world would pay money to see. Among the various people who join him in his plight are midget, Tom Thumb (Sam Humphrey), a bearded woman, Lettie Lutz (Keela Settle), and beautiful trapeze artist, Anne Wheeler (Zendaya) who’s only “oddity” aside from her remarkable skill is the color of her skin.

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Movie Review

Taking place twenty years after the events of the first film, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle evolves into a video game set in a jungle complete with human-eating albino rhinos and a deadly mission for the protagonists to complete before they can return to the real world. While the film is a nod to late actor Robin Williams, who starred in the original version, the modern approach it takes by turning the game into a video game and its players into avatars feels fresh and relatable.

The film begins by introducing the four main leads in their predictable and ultra clichéd lives. The geek, Spencer Gilpin (Alex Wolf), is the smart one, always striving for approval and attention. His best friend Anthony “Fridge” Johnson (Ser’Darius Blain), is the high school football star who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. The beautiful blonde, Bethany Walker (Madison Iseman), a self-absorbed teenager obsessed with her looks and her cell phone. And of course, the nerdy red head, Martha Kaply (Morgan Turner), who thinks sports are a waste of time, and prefers to spend her days in pursuit of an Ivy League education.

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