A movie review written by: Dorotea Blažinčić

The whole world of today is living in a digital world, due to incredible technological
advancements, but also to the worldwide pandemic. This technical revolution has affected
people’s everyday lives, and while it may appear that life has become easier for us because
everything is available to us at all times, the issue is if this means we have forgotten what real life is and how to live in real life when the gadgets are switched off.

The movie Unplugging is a 2022 American comedy directed by Debra Neil-Fisher and
written by Brad Morris and Matt Walsh. It stars Matt Walsh, Eva Longoria, Lea Thompson,
Keith David, Nicole Byer, and Al Madrigal. The movie was released on April 22, 2022, by
Vertical Entertainment. The premise centers around Jeanine and Dan (Longoria and Walsh), a happily married couple raising their teenage daughter (Finley) in Chicago. Jeanine is a busy commercial leasing director and former attorney who is tied to her iPhone 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while Dan operates a hot sauce micro-business out of the family garage. Unfortunately, the “happily” aspect of their marriage is at risk of collapsing thanks to familial technocracy. When Jeanine’s supervisor forces her to take a two-week “mandatory vacation” after one too many office emails, Dan decides what this relationship needs is a digital detox: a three-day weekend in the countryside with no phones, tablets, or other distracting gadgetry. It’s just the two of them in a rustic cabin in the woods, with no mobile service to complicate matters. The escape appears to be working for a moment, but they’ve both snuck into their phones, resulting in an anxious quest for a signal.

I decided to watch this film because I wanted to see how life works when we entirely
disengage from social media, which is something I deal with daily. I had high hopes, but was
disappointed. The narrative of the film is very predictable, if not quite dull. Although the
movie was labeled as a romantic comedy, it was neither romantic nor humorous. The main
characters, portrayed by Longoria and Walsh, are good enough to keep things interesting, but Unplugging seems to lose its way. This is especially obvious at the end when things slow down and focus on conveying a deeper point. It puts Unplugging in an awkward position. The film has no issue bringing the absurdity (the most notable example being a sequence featuring a chicken taking aspirin), yet it also appears to have something to say. As a result, the plot is totally inconsistent and more confusing than anything else.

To summarize, I would not recommend this film. Although the film’s concept was good and
likely worth discussing further, the production was disastrous. Instead of the storyline
focusing on something specific and developing it until the end, we get a few different
interpretations of many things, none of which are completed. The film is unfinished, and after 94 minutes, all I can say is, “I should have been the one doing the unplugging.”


A review written by: Dorotea Blažinčić

Shrek the Musical is a Broadway musical that debuted on September 10, 2008, but it is also
available to us now mainly due to modern technologies and the media. Shrek The Musical is
written and directed by David Lindsay-Abaire, with music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by
David Lindsay-Abaire. The musical is based on the DreamWorks animated feature from

The musical is based on a well-known narrative. Shrek, the sensitive but grumpy ogre,
embarks on a journey with the assistance of a donkey to rescue the lovely princess Fiona
from the castle of the fearsome dragon and bring her to her prince, who would return his
swamp to him. But, in this well-thought-out scheme, love enters the picture, complicating
everything even more.

The musical remained, in every way, absolutely consistent with the film that came before it.
The screenplay, costumes, and scenery are generally identical to those shown in the film.
The characters in the musical gained a deeper meaning as they conveyed their deepest
sentiments via their songs (particularly Shrek and Fiona’s song about being abandoned as
young kids), and so the performance became even stronger.

When I compare the musical to the film, I don’t notice any glaring flaws. Unlike in the film, the
characters in the musical became three-dimensional, and everyone was given the
opportunity to tell their tale. Every character has both qualities and flaws, exactly like in the
real world. What I miss about the musical is definitely more vitality in the songs because,
while they were extremely lovely and sung at a high level quality, they are not songs that I
will remember the next day.

To summarize, I would suggest this musical to every Shrek fan. If you’re willing to set aside
two hours of your time, it’s funny, engaging, instructive, and enjoyable for the entire family.
It’s well worth it!

Movie review by Jovana Vuković


Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is an adventure fantasy directed by David Yates in 2022. The screenplay for the movie is written by J. K. Rowling and Steve Kloves. It is the third instalment in the Fantastic Beasts spinoff movie franchise. The film involves some star actors and actresses, including Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Katherine Waterston, and Mads Mikkelsen.[1] According to BoxOfficeMojo[2], Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore has grossed $86 million domestic, $287 thousand in Croatia, for a worldwide total of $363.7 million against a budget of $200 million, becoming the 6th highest-grossing film in 2022 so far[3].

The story takes place several years after the events of its predecessor, continuing the everlasting altercation between Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen), the dark wizard wanting to seize control over the wizarding world and eradicate the non-wizarding one. Due to a blood troth, Dumbledore is unable to counteract Grindelwald, which causes him to entrust the Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead a courageous team of wizards, witches and the intrepid Muggle baker on a treacherous mission of confronting Grindelwald’s proponents, as well as encountering some fantastic beasts.[4]   

In comparison to the previous two instalments, this movie is superior to the Crimes of Grindelwald, but inferior to the Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. The movie abounds with characters who, unfortunately, remain undeveloped. It also lacks magical creatures and magic itself. However, we do see the ever-resourceful Pickett, as well as the hilarious Teddy who always contributes to the comedic elements of the movie. The scorpion-like creatures’ and Newt’s dance sequence is one of the funniest scenes in the movie. When it comes to the visuals, they are well done, but aren’t as breath-taking as in the Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them where we are astonished by the beauty of Scamander’s suitcase world and the spectacular beasts. However, I really like the setting where the battle plan is elaborated, i.e. the train, as well as Bhutan, the place where the election is held. The sound effects mainly contribute to the overall suspense. I especially like the piece of Hedwig’s Theme as the game of Quidditch is played.

In conclusion, this movie is good! I might have had big expectations, but it is not a disappointment at all and is certainly worth watching. The film manages to answer some of the questions, such as Credence’s origin, Dumbledore’s and Grindelwald’s connection, but also has potential for further plot and character development. Grindelwald’s character has been played by three different actors – Colin Farrell (disguised as Graves), Johnny Depp and finally Mads Mikkelsen, which all have shown great success and talent. Although Depp is a brilliant artist, Mikkelsen is rather convincing in his performance. All in all, I am looking forward to new releases, Mikkelsen’s performances, and, of course, some new fantastic beasts!

[1] https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4123432/?ref_=tt_urv

[2] https://www.boxofficemojo.com/release/rl842826497/weekend/?sort=date&ref_=bo_rl__resort#table

[3] https://www.boxofficemojo.com/year/2022/

[4] https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/fantastic-beasts-the-secrets-of-dumbledore