I FEEL PRETTY

Amy Schumer is the shit. Loud and clear. Perfect timing, clean-cut delivery, immediate chemistry and a fearless voice. And that’s only in her solo acts. Movies —be it alongside Goldie Hawn, Aidy Bryant or LeBron friggin’ James— have proven to be a vehicle she naturally steals, serving her as a platform to speak a necessary truth. In this case, self-acceptance equating to power.

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“I’m beautiful!!” exclaims —a reminiscent of Madeline Ashton— Renee Bennett, much to Tasha’s (former SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata) confusion

Written and directed by Abby Kohn (Valentine’s Day, He’s Just Not That into You), I Feel Pretty (2018) stars Schumer as Renee, a midtown Manhattan girl whose body image keeps coming back to haunt her on a daily basis. Until one day she hits her head on a soul cycle machine and magically stars seeing herself as a supermodel. 

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LOVE, SIMON

The Guardian is wrong to deem Love, Simon (2018) “perky, clean-cut and unashamedly accessible.” It is also imbued with fearless originality, infectious idealism and the right dose of cheesy. The Greg Berlanti-directed teen roomcom is a necessary production that shines a light on the awkwardness, shame, fear, unexpected support and ultimate relief that defines the coming out process. Nick Robinson is a young Jacob Tremblay in the making. Or old? You get it: that name won’t go away anytime soon.

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Simon (centre left) and friends Nick, Abby and Leah

This sweet (teen romcom) production would have made many gay men who took bullets as youngsters proud.