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He’s Big, He’s Green, and He’s Gone

TheNewYorkTimes: SOONER or later every fairy tale reaches its happily ever after. For “Shrek,” the long-running animated fantasy franchise about a curmudgeonly ogre (voiced by Mike Myers), his human-turned-ogre wife, Fiona (Cameron Diaz), and his pals Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas), that time is now. On Friday, DreamWorks Animation and Paramount will release “Shrek Forever After,” the fourth — and, the studios say, final — installment in the series, in which the titular green guy is thrown into an alternate version of his Far, Far Away kingdom where he never existed and life turned out much differently for his pals. Before the storybook shuts for good, Dave Itzkoff asked some of the “Shrek” stars about the series and what its ending means to them. These are excerpts from the conversations...

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Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard Movie Review: What happened at the end?

With Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is the surprising sequel to a surprise hit, the absurdity of which the makers are obviously much more aware of than in part one. Whether that’s good or bad, we’ll reveal in our review. OT: Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (USA/UK 2021) The plot summary They are like dog and cat, heaven and hell, …

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Confessions of Felix Krull Review: What is the end of Felix Krull?

Nine years after “Measuring the World”, the paths of director Detlev Buck and writer Daniel Kehlmann cross again – this time around Thomas Manns CONFESSIONS OF THE INVESTIGATOR FELIX KRULL to adapt. Our review reveals how successful this was. OT: Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull (DE 2021) The plot summary The good-looking and charismatic …

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Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings Movie Review

In the 25th adventure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an Asian main character takes center stage for the first time. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings represents a novelty in superhero cinema and is also an excellent introduction to a film universe that actually already has 24 films under its belt. But above all, …

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