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Screener Squad: Cruella

Cruella Movie Review


The mouse house once again tries to go dark with “Cruella”, a new spin on the iconic Disney character. Set in the 1970s, this version of Cruella stars Emma Stone as Estella, a petty thief with dreams of becoming a fashion designer. When her low-level job at a London department store accidentally leads to her catching the eye of the industry’s preeminent fashion designer The Baroness (Emma Thompson), and she gets a position at her design house, Estella believes her dreams are slowly coming true. Although everyone loathes and fears the formidable Baroness, Estella finds herself fascinated by her. When The Baroness recognizes Estella’s talent, she soon begins to adopt her as a sort of protege/minion. This soon leads to the discovery of a link between The Baroness and Estella’s own dark past, which inspires in her the creation of a wild alter ego named Cruella. Frank, Harmoni, Melina and Dogget break down the fashion, 70s jams, adorable puppies and discuss why calling Cruella “Joker for girls” is perhaps the most inaccurate and slightly offensive way to describe this hugely entertaining movie.

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DIRECTED BY: Craig Gillespie

STARRING: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Billie Gadson, Tipper Seifert-Cleveland, Ziggy Gardner, Paul Walter Hauser, Joseph MacDonald, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Florisa Kamara, Mark Strong, John McCrea, Kayvan Novak, Jamie Demetriou, Andrew Leung




Frank Calvillo (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.



Harmoni Anderson (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Unstabletop Gaming)

Harmoni is a mermaid-haired, millennial, rum drinking, Section 31, Slytherin (who’s divorced J.K. Rowling) preschool/nursery teacher and multi genre geek who also loves all things film, tv, fashion, makeup, and an embarrassingly huge BTS stan. Like really embarrassing. As in, mention them and then sit back and watch the insanity. Harmoni likes being able to game and talk movies/TV with people that aren’t 3 feet tall or all that demanding of her. Plus she can curse at us and not get fired….so bonus!



Melina Eames (Screener Squad)

Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.



Danny Dogget (Screener Squad)

Hey persons, it’s your favorite canine Dogget! As many of you know, I don’t identify as a critic as much as a classy shock jock. That being said, I do my best to give all of you a well-balanced review filled with my true opinions and hopefully a few laughs. You can occasionally find me on other persons podcast like Mission Impodible (that’ll be 10 dollars Nathan). For the most part, you can find me doing reviews on



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