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At the Movies: July 19

“The Lion King”, “The Art of Self Defense”


The Lion King
Set on the African savannah, the story told of a young lion named Simba who is is cast out into the wilderness after his father, Mufasa, is killed by his evil uncle Scar. Years later, Simba returns to reclaim his throne.

PG. Adventure/Family. Directed by Jon Favreau. 1h 58m.

What the Internet is Saying: “Jon Favreau’s 'live-action' remake of the 1994 cartoon classic leans on the strength of the original story while pushing the animation to photo-realistic new extremes.” – Variety

Our Take: Ah, a classic made even better by Beyonce, Donald Glover, and more. A hit for kids and adults alike!

The Art of Self Defense
After he’s attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang, timid bookkeeper Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) joins a neighborhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself. Under the watchful eye of a charismatic instructor, Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), and hardcore brown belt Anna (Imogen Poots), Casey gains a newfound sense of confidence for the first time in his life. But when he attends Sensei’s mysterious night classes, he discovers a sinister world of fraternity, brutality and hyper-masculinity, presenting a journey that places him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor.

R. Comedy/Drama. Directed by Riley Stearns. 1h 45m.

What the Internet is Saying: “Once you’ve discovered “The Art of Self-Defense,” you won’t be the same...” – Variety

Our Take: We wouldn’t miss Jesse Eisenberg become 2019’s karate kid.