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Emmet Asher-Perrin

There’s No Better Time to Watch Bedknobs and Broomsticks

So, you know how at the start of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a family of British kids are sent into the country to stay with an old recluse, which ultimately leads them to all sorts of magic shenanigans? Imagine that same story, but this time, instead of Jadis being the villain, she’s the aforementioned recluse and the hero—and she fights Nazis.

That’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

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The Craft: Legacy Focuses on the Wrong Villain

1996’s The Craft became a beloved cult classic acknowledging that nearly every girl—or person raised as one—has gone through a “witch” phase. (Indeed, some never leave it.) But while the dangers of that film felt very real to your average American teenager, its ending was always an awkward thing that forewent the bonds of female fellowship and solidarity in favor of punishing one of their own for overstepping with her power.

Blumhouse’s sequel, The Craft: Legacy, was poised to be an answer to that error, a chance to show what young women can truly accomplish when they trust in each other. Sadly, the film is being dragged in far too many directions to answer for a decades-long slight.

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