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Is there a lack of originality in Hollywood Movies? A List of film titles would confirm!

Is Hollywood running out of movie titlesm or just trying to confuse everyone? Judging from a spate of similarly named films this year and next, the answer seems to be both. Consider a few examples:

“The Price of Everything,” “The Price of Fame”

“Free Solo,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

“Outlaw King,” “Philosopher King,” “The King”

“Overboard,” “Overlord”

“American Animals,” “We the Animals,” “Social Animals,” “Animal Crackers,” “Eating Animals” (all that’s missing is a 40th anniversary re-release of “National Lampoon’s Animal House”)

“Cold War,” “A Private War,” “Private Life”

“Early Man,” “First Man”

“Searching,” “Searching for Ingmar Bergman,” “In Search of Greatness”

“Mary Queen of Scots,” “Mary Poppins Returns”

At this rate, it may be hard to keep things straight on Oscars night. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had nothing on this. Gone, apparently, are the days of distinctive, memorable movie titles like “Casablanca,” “Jaws,” “The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?”

Instead, we’re subjected to a copycat cornucopia of “Dark” films, including “Dark Crimes,” “Dark Money,” “Dark River,” “Down a Dark Hall,” “The Dark,” “The Darkest Minds” and “In Darkness.”

Sadly, things are about to get worse. Coming soon to a theater near you are even more new movies that sound suspiciously like existing films.

First up, on the heels of “Black Panther” and “BlacKkKlansman” …

“Black Panther Klansman”
After ingesting a heart-of-stone-shaped herb, Donald Trump’s first African American Supreme Court nominee develops superhuman originalism, an uncanny ability to see any case as if it’s happening in 1789.

“There’s Something About Mary Poppins, Queen of Scots”
The tale of a magical but ruthless nanny who overthrows Elizabeth I with help from a kilt-wearing chimney sweep. The bagpipe-heavy soundtrack includes “A Spoonful of Sugar (Helps the Haggis Go Down)” and “Supercalifragilistic-Loch-Ness-alidocious.”

“Beautiful Boy Erased”
A transgender teen is defined out of existence by regulations that say a person’s sex is fixed at birth by whatever genitals he or she is born with.

“A Starship Trooper Is Born”
In the distant future, film critics go to war against the 1,000th remake of “A Star Is Born.” Possible sequel: “Throw ‘Mamma Mia’ from the Train.”

“Stir Crazy Rich Asians”
Returning to the U.S. from a friend’s wedding in Singapore, a wealthy young couple is thrown into jail by immigration agents. Comedy ensues.

“Ben-Hur Is Back”
The tale of a magical but ruthless nanny who overthrows Elizabeth I with help from a kilt-wearing chimney sweep. The bagpipe-heavy soundtrack includes “A Spoonful of Sugar (Helps the Haggis Go Down)” and “Supercalifragilistic-Loch-Ness-alidocious.”

“Beautiful Boy Erased”
A transgender teen is defined out of existence by regulations that say a person’s sex is fixed at birth by whatever genitals he or she is born with.

“A Starship Trooper Is Born”
In the distant future, film critics go to war against the 1,000th remake of “A Star Is Born.” Possible sequel: “Throw ‘Mamma Mia’ from the Train.”

“Stir Crazy Rich Asians”
Returning to the U.S. from a friend’s wedding in Singapore, a wealthy young couple is thrown into jail by immigration agents. Comedy ensues.

“Ben-Hur Is Back”

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