HCA Gradebook: “The Black Phone”

Movie: The Black Phone Plot: After being abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, a 13-year-old boy starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer’s previous victims. Cast: Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, and Ethan Hawke Director: Scott Derrickson Release Date: June 24, 2022 Studio: Universal Pictures HCA Overall Grade: […]

HCA Gradebook: “Elvis”

Movie: Elvis Plot: From his childhood in Tupelo, Mississippi to his rise to stardom starting in Memphis, Tennessee, and his conquering of Las Vegas, Nevada, Elvis Presley becomes the first rock ‘n roll star and changes the world with his music. Cast: Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, Olivia DeJonge, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Dacre […]

HCA Gradebook: “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande”

Movie: Good Luck to You, Leo Grande Plot: Nancy Stokes, a 55-year-old widow, is yearning for some adventure, human connection, and some sex–some good sex. Cast: Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack Director: Sophie Hyde Release Date: June 17, 2022 Studio: Hulu HCA Overall Grade: A- Sara Clements says, “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is […]

HCA Gradebook: “Cha Cha Real Smooth”

Movie: Cha Cha Real Smooth Plot: A young man who works as a Bar Mitzvah party host strikes up a friendship with a mother and her autistic daughter. Cast: Cooper Raiff, Dakota Johnson, Vanessa Burghardt, Leslie Mann, Raúl Castillo and Brad Garrett Director: Cooper Raiff Release Date: June 17, 2022 Studio: Apple TV+ HCA Overall […]

HCA Gradebook: “Lightyear”

Movie: Lightyear Plot: While spending years attempting to return home, marooned Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear encounters an army of ruthless robots commanded by Zurg who are attempting to steal his fuel source. Cast: Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi, Uzo Aduba, and James Brolin Director: Angus MacLane Release Date: June 17, 2022 Studio: Pixar Animation […]

HCA Gradebook: “Hustle”

Movie: Hustle Plot: A basketball scout discovers a phenomenal street ball player while in Spain and sees the prospect as his opportunity to get back into the NBA. Cast: Adam Sandler, Queen Latifah, Juancho Hernangomez, and Ben Foster Release Date: June 8, 2022 Studio: Netflix HCA Overall Grade: B David Gonzalez says, “Yes, Hustle contains […]

HCA Gradebook: “Fire Island”

Tom O’Brien says, “If Clueless was a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma with ’90s Valley girls, Fire Island successfully sets Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in the world of queer Asian men in New York’s gay beach paradise. Writer/star Joel Kim Booster has found ingenious modern ways of retelling Austen’s story with lovers in Speedos, […]

HCA Gradebook: “Jurassic World Dominion”

Movie: Jurassic World Dominion Plot: Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, dinosaurs now live–and hunt–alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures […]

HCA Gradebook: “Ms. Marvel”

TV Show: Ms. Marvel Plot: New Jersey-raised Kamala Khan learns she has polymorphous powers. Cast: Iman Vellani, Matt Lintz, Zenobia Shroff, Zenobia Shroff and Alysia Reiner Creator: Bisha K. Ali Release Date: June 8, 2022 Studio: Marvel Studios HCA Overall Grade: B+ Daniel Howat says, “Ms. Marvel is a big blast of energy. It’s a coming-of-age […]

HCA Gradebook: “The Boys” Season 3

TV Show: The Boys  Plot: A group of vigilantes set out to take down corrupt superheroes who abuse their superpowers. Cast: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jensen Ackles, Dominique McElligott, and Karen Fukuhara Creator: Eric Kripke Release Date: June 2, 2022 Network: Prime Video  HCA Overall Grade: A- Number of Grades: 11 […]