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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-11-2019

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4 ENTERTAINMENT APRIL 11-17, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION 'Shazam' is fresh and fun ★★★★ Warner Brothers may finally be learning from their mistakes. After being bested both critically and financially by rival Marvel Studios, DC Comics and WB have started to make efforts to change their films. "Wonder Woman" was their first big success followed late last year by "Aquaman." This time around, they've opted to focus on a lesser-named hero to the masses, but no less of a legend in the stable of DC characters. This new film tells the origin behind "Shazam" and it's a telltale sign that the pro- ducers and writers are learning from their mistakes and identifying what makes the Marvel fills so popular. In a casting move that was at first as head scratching to many as cast- ing Michael Keaton as Batman back in 1988, Zachary Levi plays the title role of Shazam. Now the interesting thing about this hero is that he's a 14-year-old boy who transforms into the powerful adult hero when he speaks his name. Asher Angel plays the younger Billy, a cocky foster kid searching for his birth mother who finds himself in a mysterious cave and is offered powers by a mysterious wizard. What ensues after is a comical examination of what a teenage boy would do with unlimited and as yet untested super- human powers. Aided by his foster brother Freddy ( Jack Dylan Grazer), the two embark on determining the extent of his abilities while also engaging in the kind of behavior two teenage boys would do. After thwarting a convenience store robbery, they buy beer but then real- ize it tastes horrible and instead get munchies and junk food. The cama- raderie between Freddy and Billy is humorous and packs lots of laughs. Anxious to obtain the powers of Shazam is the maniacal Dr. Sivana (Mark Strong) who has the seven deadly sins embodied within him that manifest at his will, when need- ed, as creepy monsters. As Billy learns how to handle his powers and also to accept thinking of others, he also makes a startling discovery regarding his mother. That discovery changes both the tone of the movie and its direction and helps Billy to mature. There was a very unique fresh- ness to "Shazam" because it was by far WB's lightest fare yet. DC is obviously working to shake their reputation for being too dark and depressing. "Shazam" mixed up the recipe and allowed for dread and a decent bad guy but also allowed for human interaction and some genuine chuckles. Levi definitely has charm, swagger and blatant like-ability. His portrayal of Shazam was funny, with touches of awkwardness and vulnerability. There were moments here very remi- niscent of "Big" and that's a fitting compliment and comparison to that classic Tom Hanks film. It is still worth noting, however, that DC still has many of its heroes hung up on their moms. At least Billy's mom wasn't named Martha like Batman's and Superman's moms! There was a definite feeling of exuberance and freewheeling fun throughout this movie and it was eas- ily recognizable within the theater as there were lots of big laughs, all at the appropriate times. The film is rated PG-13. ZACHARY LEVI, right, plays the title role of Shazam, a 14-year-old boy who trans- forms into the powerful adult hero when he speaks his name, and JACK DYLAN GRAZER plays his foster brother, Freddy. Film Unfiltered TOM BURKE Dining Guide Lunch: Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. • Dinner: Mon-Thurs 3 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 3 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 12:30 p.m.-10 p.m. 900 Victory Highway, Suite 3, North Smithfield, RI 401-597-0885 Steakhouse • Sushi Bar • Lounge Accepting Easter Reservations Stop by for Great Food & Great Fun Gift Certificates Always Available Please Please Please Support Support Support these Local these Local these Local Advertisers Advertisers Advertisers 1290 Mineral Spring Ave. North Providence 722-3222 Fax Orders 722-0300 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sat. 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. TOO BUSY TO CALL? E-MAIL YOUR ORDER: PP@PAULYPENTASDELI.COM Pauly Penta's G o u r m e t I t a l i a n D e l i Easter Menu Check out our Full Easter Menu online! BOAR'S HEAD HAMS ALL hams come oven ready pre- glazed, decorated with pineapple & cherries & in a foil pan • Whole Sweet Boneless Ham • Half Sweet Boneless Ham • Whole Semi Boneless Sweet Ham • Half Black Forest Ham • Whole Black Forest Ham • Whole Honey Maple Ham • Baby Black Forest & Baby Honey Maple APPETIZERS • Pizza Rustica • Frittatta's omelets • Antipasto • Stuffed Mushroom LASAGNA STUFFED SHELLS OR MANICOTTI DESSERTS • 9" Round Rice Pies • 9" Round Ricotta Pies both available with pineapple VEGETABLES • Red Bliss Mashed Potatoes • Oven Roasted Potatoes • Roasted Carrots • Glazed Carrots • String Bean Almondine •& more CHICKEN ESCAROLE SOUP STUFFED ARTICHOKES

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