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    The Lone Screenplay Nominee: Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’

    Writers are an odd bunch. Every year we get a movie (or two) that earns a screenplay nomination… and nothing else. These deviations from the pack mentality of the Oscars (where we see a few movies dominate in all categories) are what make for a fun and delightful nomination morning. In fact, many times the […] More

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    Interview: Aneesh Chaganty and Natalie Qasabian on Their New Thriller ‘Run’

    Writer/director Aneesh Chaganty (right) works with newcomer Kiera Allen (left), the star of his new movie, Run. It’s stressful making one’s second film. The pressure is only heightened when the first was a sleeper hit. In 2018, Searching grossed $75 million worldwide off a budget that was less than $1 million dollars. Director Aneesh Chaganty […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Run’ Knows How To Keep Its Story Moving

    There’s a reason thrillers have “thrill” in the word. The best entries in this genre know how to get in and get out, providing a thrill ride for the viewer. Certain things can be forgiven in a good thriller as long it feels like your hair has been blown back by the end. Director Aneesh […] More

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    The Lone Screenplay Nominee: Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’

    Writers are an odd bunch. Every year we get a movie (or two) that earns a screenplay nomination… and nothing else. These deviations from the pack mentality of the Oscars (where we see a few movies dominate in all categories) are what make for a fun and delightful nomination morning. In fact, many times the […] More

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    Film Review: ‘The Life Ahead’ Welcomes Sophia Loren Back to Screens

    There’s no substitute for star power. Sophia Loren has always been a one of a kind talent. The legendary actress won an Oscar for Two Women, the first win for an actor in a foreign language film. Her filmography is filled with many Italian classics (my favorites being Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow and Marriage: Italian […] More

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    TV Review: ‘The Undoing’ is Undone by its Toothless Nature

    On paper, The Undoing, based on the Jean Hanff Korelitz novel You Should Have Known, has all the makings of a hit. It re-teams Nicole Kidman with her Big Little Lies writer David E. Kelly. Hugh Grant and director Susanna Bier join the project to elevate its level of prestige. Kelly gets to write grand […] More

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    TV Review: ‘Social Distance’ Could’ve Used More Distance From the Pandemic

    Are we ready for a show about the early days of the pandemic? That’s going to be left up to the individual viewer. Netflix’s new anthology series Social Distance looks at many different quarantine experiences, particularly during the March – May period. Many of the segments are well-observed and interesting. Executive producer Jenji Kohan always […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Over the Moon’ Soars to New Animated Heights

    Though the Netflix credits may start the film, one could easily mistake Over the Moon for a Disney film. Start with a heartwarming turned tear jerking opening. Follow that up with a grand adventure to a faraway kingdom. Throw in some songs and some adorable sidekicks and you have yourself a classic Disney narrative. Thankfully, […] More

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    Save Room for ‘Pen15’ at the 2021 Emmys

    Middle school may have only gotten worse, but Pen15 continues to get better. The seven-episode second season doubles down on cringe, but it makes viewers squirm out of relatability. Creators Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle and Sam Zvibleman have managed to generate empathy from the lowest moments of middle school. Our central duo must navigate bullies, […] More

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    ‘Ted Lasso’ is the Ultimate Quarantine Salve

    Times are tough. Between a worldwide pandemic, police brutality, natural disasters, and a contentious election, it takes a lot to keep one sane. For 30-minutes every Friday, Apple TV+’s new comedy Ted Lasso provides the perfect salve for the 2020 blues. The fish-out-of-water comedy uses positivity in the face of obstacles to soothe and delight, […] More

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