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Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Poor CGI early, slow pacing and a long story wrap up this legendary franchise with a mediocre film. Harrison Ford (The Fugitive) is back in form, but it isn’t enough to keep this film from dragging. Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Solo: A Star Wars Story) as Helena is the antithesis of Indy and makes it hard to route for her throughout the film. Fun soundtrack with familiar themes, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is a great concept, but fails to deliver like the originals.

 - Steve Titcomb

PG Score: 6.5/10

Joy Ride

Following an already established and predictable formula leaves little to the imagination for this comedy. That does not mean the film is without laughs. The first half of the film is pure hilarity and it is only when Joy Ride changes lanes in tone that it loses its ability to be a next-tier comedy. Still worth a watch, as these four ladies work well together and the fun comes across on screen.

                         

  - Steve Titcomb

PG Score: 7/10

Special Ops: Lioness, Season 1

Taylor Sheridan knocks it out of the park once again with Special Ops: Lioness. The realistic, gritty espionage action is a winning pairing with moving, layered drama. The breakneck pacing makes for compelling television without sacrificing the series’ intimate moments. Laysla De Oliveira is great as Cruz and Nicole Kidman turns in praiseworthy supporting work. Zoe Saldaña is absolutely deserving of an Emmy nod with a powerhouse lead performance.

 - Joshua Aboody

PG Score: 8.25/10

The Lincoln Lawyer, Season 2

The Netflix legal drama’s sophomore run plays it safe, settling for the same reliable methods that granted its renewal in the first place. While a few more twists would have raised the bar, there is no denying the continued appeal of The Lincoln Lawyer. Mickey Haller makes another compelling case.

 - Joshua Aboody

PG Score: 7/10

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