Ashley Pauls

I’m a movie buff, and I love anything to do with entertainment (especially science fiction and British dramas!) I write about current and upcoming films and other entertainment-related news. I currently work as a communications coordinator, and I’m an aspiring novelist. – Ashley Marie Pauls

What if…Disney+ released a Star Wars themed “What If…?” animated series?

So far, the animated Marvel Cinematic Universe series “What If…?” on Disney+ has been a fascinating playground for creators to experiment with storytelling and explore possibilities outside of what we’ve already seen in the live-action films.  I would love to see Disney+ release a similar animated show set in the

Movie review: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Perhaps it’s too soon to say this, but I’m going to go ahead and do it anyway: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is one of my favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe films, definitely in my top 5 and maybe even in my top 3. I really, really, really

Movie review: Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’

When I first heard that Disney was making a movie version of the theme park ride “Jungle Cruise,” my initial response was a skeptical, “Really?” And then I actually watched the trailer and my skepticism transformed into, “Well, this actually looks quite delightful.” The historical setting, over-the-top action/adventure sequences, and

Why you should be paying attention to Star Wars: The High Republic

There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the release of all the upcoming Star Wars projects on Disney+ — and understandably so. Longtime fan favorite Boba Fett is back (and better than ever) thanks to The Mandalorian, and he’s appearing in his own spinoff series later this year. Ewan McGregor is

Movie review: The MCU returns to the big screen with ‘Black Widow’

Marvel Cinematic Universe fans have been waiting a long time for a Black Widow solo film — and I’m not just talking about how this film’s release date was pushed back a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Black Widow made her first appearance in the MCU back in 2010

Why ‘Loki’ shouldn’t answer all the questions it raises

I thought WandaVision on Disney+ was really trippy, but it’s got nothing on Loki. So far the show has delved into time travel, cosmic beings who control events throughout history, and variant copies of the same people from multiple realities — and this is just the first two episodes.  The

Coming back to the movies

Over Memorial Day weekend, I had a chance to go to my local theater to watch the Disney live action Cruella movie. While this was not the first movie I’ve seen in a theater since the COVID shutdown in March 2020, it was a special moment, because this was the

After all this waiting, will the Black Widow solo film feel underwhelming?

On July 9, 2021, Marvel Cinematic Universe fans will (presumably) get a chance to watch the new Black Widow movie. I use the word “presumably” because this poor movie has been through quite a convoluted journey on its way to theaters.  This movie was originally slated for a May 2020

Movie review: ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ offers monster mayhem and giddy fun

I love movies with rich character development, that dive deeply into the characters’ emotions and motivations. If I’m going to criticize a movie, the first things that usually come up are how the characterization is too shallow and the film focuses too much on action sequences or special effects at

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