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Michael Giacomo ’25, staff writer

Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles 

In this movie concert, Billie Eilish performs her entire Happier Than Ever album. Some of the songs this album includes are “Happier Than Ever”, “Therefore I Am”, and “Not My Responsibility”. Billie Eilish also performs with an orchestra in many of her songs.

I rate this movie 3.2 stars out of 5 stars. The movie was well produced, including high-quality animated parts and live parts, which made it feel like you were at the performance. Also, the performance was very well done, with amazing light displays and character movement. However, I did not enjoy some of the songs. Some songs I really loved, such as “Therefore I Am” and “Happier Than Ever”, but I did not enjoy other songs. These songs were not bad; I just did not find them very interesting. Many of them were slow and sounded similar to each other. However, if you really enjoy Billie Eilish’s style of singing and her music, this movie is perfect for you.

Disney’s Cruella 

This Disney movie starring Emma Stone shows the development of the character Cruella, the evil villain from the movie 101 Dalmatians. The movie starts with Estella (Cruella’s original name) losing the only person she has in her life, her mother. She runs off to London and meets two boys, Jasper and Horace. They grow up together through a life of crime. When she gets the chance, Estella gets a job working for the fashion designer, the Baroness. When she sees the Baroness has her mother’s necklace, she becomes Cruella, trespassing on the Baroness’ fashion shows, dressing in a much better fashion to grab the attention of the Baroness’s audience. She learns the Baroness is her true mother and completes her plot to get the Baroness arrested for the murder of Estella’s mother and Estella. However, Estella is dead, but Cruella is alive.

I rate this movie 3.7 stars out of 5 stars. Though this movie was quite interesting, some parts seemed to drag. The beginning, however, was well produced and helped attract the watcher’s attention. The middle was slow and the jump in character from Estella to Cruella was very abrupt and drastic. Though it felt like the end of the movie moved a bit fast, it was very enticing and well developed. The overall movie was interesting and allowed us to learn a little more about the dastardly Cruella.

Marvel’s Black Widow 

In this Marvel movie starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, Black Widow returns to her Russian past as she runs from government officials trying to arrest her for violation of the Sokovia Records (which were created in Captain America: Civil War). In an attempt to free other widows (girls under mind control) from Dreykov’s control, Black Widow teams up with her Russian “family”, though not her biological family, to stop him. They hijack Dreykov’s base, free the widows with a formula that stops mind control, and frees the Taskmaster, the daughter of Dreykov who had been chasing the family throughout the movie, from mind control. The end scene in the movie hints that there may be a coming movie or series with Black Widow’s “sister” and Hawkeye.

I rate this movie 4.3 stars out of 5 stars. This movie was filled with action and a good storyline. We learn more about Black Widow’s past, her “family”, and more about Dreykov’s project to create mind-control widows. The plot was well written, but a few parts of the movie felt rushed or dull, though it did not overly affect the movie because the rest was very good. It is exciting to see that Black Widow finally has her long-awaited movie and it is exciting to see how Marvel will continue making these movies and series.