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[embedded content] The new independent drama “The Departure” launches us on a journey into relationship insecurity most contemptuous. Merland Hoxha wrote and directed this yarn of young L.A. professionals striving for solid footing amidst the ever-looming quicksand that threatens to gobble up lovers whole. Kendall Chappell is among the ensemble cast. I chatted with each
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Set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene comes the story of Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross), a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights, and Maggie (Dakota Johnson), her overworked personal assistant.  While stuck running errands, Maggie still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer. When Grace’s
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[embedded content] Talia Balsam startles as Lila, an eccentric and enigmatic woman struggling to cope with her fragile mentality and fracturing family in the new domestic drama “South Mountain”. Hilary Brougher’s main gig is professor of graduate film at Columbia University. Her side hustle, writing and directing independent movies, has, over nearly a quarter century,
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[embedded content] Iconic singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige throws down the anchor in the new supernatural crime drama “Body Cam”. Blige’s soulful characterization of a conflicted cop captures front and center in this dark and moody chronicle of police corruption and devastating loss. A couple of observations. While moments of suspense-building are certainly critical to this
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Who doesn’t recognize the Uncut Gems? The film has many critical acclaim from Best Director to Best Actor. The good news is here. The critically acclaimed film is coming to Netflix and will premiere in May. This movie hit the theatres on December 13, 2019. But, first, it premiered at Telluride Film Festival last August.
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Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is a fearless black market mercenary with nothing left to lose when his skills are solicited to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. But in the murky underworld of weapons dealers and drug traffickers, an already deadly mission approaches the impossible, forever altering the lives of Rake
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[embedded content] Ben Affleck owns the most raw role of his career in “The Way Back”. Affleck inhabits Jack, a gutted construction worker losing a desperate battle with booze and beer. Once a high school basketball phenom, he takes a job coaching his Catholic school alma mater’s motley crew of young cagers. What follows may
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From Kenya Barris, the Emmy® nominated creator of black-ish, comes #blackAF. Loosely inspired by Barris’ irreverent, highly flawed, unbelievably honest approach to parenting, relationships, race, and culture, #blackAF flips the script on what we’ve come to expect a family comedy series to be. Pulling back the curtain, #blackAF uncovers the messy, unfiltered and often hilarious
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From Kenya Barris, the Emmy® nominated creator of black-ish, comes #blackAF. Loosely inspired by Barris’ irreverent, highly flawed, unbelievably honest approach to parenting, relationships, race, and culture, #blackAF flips the script on what we’ve come to expect a family comedy series to be. Pulling back the curtain, #blackAF uncovers the messy, unfiltered and often hilarious
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[embedded content] My main measuring stick with movies of fiction, in particular horror stories, is always to consider the question, Whose to say this is not how YOU would conceivably behave if faced with similar extraordinary, life-altering and/or threatening circumstances? And so it was with such criteria that I watched the recently released creature feature
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“Shooting Heroin” is a film from writer/director/producer/editor Spencer T. Folmar of Clearfield, Pennsylvania. It features a vigilante justice approach to solving the problem of young people shooting heroin and overdosing in the state of Pennsylvania. The film is set in a  remote area  in the middle of the state, where 10 teenagers a day were
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[embedded content] “Honey Boy” is a sordid saga “loosely” based upon troubled actor Shia LaBeouf’s thoroughly sad as hell childhood. This is clearly a movie LaBeouf needed to make. But why? To offer reasons for his jarringly erratic behavior after he became a young Hollywood darling superstar? To exorcise inner demons he may even now
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As of today, Marvel Studios has pushed back their entire phase 4 slate due to the current pandemic. Black Widow is no exception with its date going from May 2020 to now November 6, 2020. Despite the delay relay, that situation isn’t really what I’m worried about. Please be advised, there may be some mild
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