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Sofia Coppola’s ‘On the Rocks’ Too Mellow Despite Promising Premise

While high expectations may be the culprit, the trifecta of writer/director Sofia Coppola, subtle and brilliant Bill Murray and equally subtle and brilliant Rashida Jones, On the Rocks, as a whole, is just too subtle for a feature-length film. Or, maybe, viewed through the 2020 lens of a pandemic where constant noise, news and vitriol […]

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Dark Comedy ‘Spontaneous’ Provides Rare Intelligence For Teen Genre

From writer-director Brian Duffield and based on the novel by Aaron Starmer, Spontaneous is the rare teen dramedy that comes along at the perfect time. Katherine Langford and Charlie Plummer star as high school seniors whose classmates are dying in gruesome explosions for no apparent reasons. Though the filmmakers could not have foreseen opening during […]

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‘The Glorias’ Brings Humanity To The Face Of Feminism

From writer-director Julie Taymor, the ambitious new film The Glorias follows the life of iconic feminist Gloria Steinem. Based on Steinem’s writing, the film intertwines different eras of the subject’s life, connecting the dots that led her to becoming the public figure, activist and writer we know today.  Four actors play Gloria at various stages […]

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A Family Contemplates Dying With Dignity In ‘Blackbird’

Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill and Kate Winslet star in the moving family drama about the end of a life.

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‘H Is For Happiness’ A Hopeful Depiction Of Growing Up

From director John Sheedy, H is For Happiness is a delightfully lighthearted drama about finding the good in every situation. With a charming blend of realistic problems and whimsical preteen fantasy, the Australian film uses a child’s story to send a valuable message for viewers of all ages. Similarly to Bridge to Terabithia or Simon […]

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‘The Grizzlies’ A Timely, Inspiring Sports Drama

From excellent Emmy-winning writers Moira Walley-Beckett and Graham Yost comes The Grizzlies, a true sports story that is as heartbreaking as it is inspiring. Set in 2004 in the isolated Northern Canadian hamlet of Kugluktuk where suicide rates are the highest on the continent, a group of high school students learn the sport of lacrosse […]

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Doc on White House Photographer a Reminder of President Reagan, President Obama and Common Decency

Dawn Porter’s ‘The Way I See It’ follows career of Chief White House Photographer Pete Souza

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‘The Broken Hearts Gallery’ a Warm Welcome Back to the Movies

Geraldine Viswanathan is who we’ve been waiting for. Starring in writer/director Natalie Krinsky’s new romantic comedy The Broken Hearts Gallery, Viswanathan (Hala, Bad Education) takes a comedic turn as Lucy, a spunky 26-year-old New Yorker and borderline hoarder. Surrounded by a diverse, comedically in-tune cast of supporting actors (Utkarsh Ambudkar, Phillipa Soo, Molly Gordon), the […]

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Teenage Limbo A Fitting Theme For Pandemic Era In ‘Chemical Hearts’

Austin Abrams and Lili Reinhart play conflicted co-editors of a high school newspaper in the new teen drama.

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A Treasure Untold: ‘Howard’ Doc Details Life of Prolific Disney Songwriter

As a child of the 90s, I can’t recall a time when I didn’t know the words to “Belle” and “Part of Your World” because they were a part of my world. While I don’t begrudge my five-year-old self for not investigating the inner workings of Disney Animation, I regret that it took me three […]