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Movie Review: Pregnant and trapped with the not-quite in-laws, her “Kindred”

“Kindred” sets up as a mash up of “Get Out!” and “Rosemary’s Baby,” with its pregnant Black woman trapped on the Scottish estate of the father of her child. It’s not nearly as paranoid or supernatural as all that. The … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Romania grapples with a tragedy that exposes “Collective” guilt and responsibility

One can’t watch the Romanian documentary “Collective (Colectiv)” without feeling as if the film is a snapshot of America’s future. A kleptocracy run amok, corruption spreading up and down the bureaucratic ladder, a tragedy that exposes a rotten system overwhelmed … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Sarah Cooper auditions for something better than “Everything’s Fine”

Comic-of-the-political-moment Sarah Cooper riffs through her Trump-lip-syncing repertoire and her Twitter friends list with her Netflix sketch show, “Everything’s Fine.” Playing herself as an embattled morning show hostess — the show is called “Everything’s Fine” — she shows the camera … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: A pandemic take –“Songbird”

Sofia Carson, Alexandra Dadarrio, Craig Robinson and Peter Stomare cope. A Michael Bay production? Looks…large.

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Movie Review: Joey King and Abby Quinn fight for worker’s rights and health as “Radium Girls”

A deep bow of respect is due to Ms. Joey King, who used her newly emerging star clout (“Fargo,” “Kissing Booth,” “Slender Man,” “Summer ’03”) to get “Radium Girls” on the screen. It’s a well-acted, smartly-reported and heartfelt if somewhat … Continue reading

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Netflix raises subscription fee to $14 a month

Sure, it’s still a bargain. And considering that Netflix looks to take a big piece of the Oscar nominations pie this year, you pretty much can’t get around subscribing. Still, with their subscriber base, it’s hard to see how they’ve … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Witches lose their teeth in “The Craft: Legacy”

Let’s remake “The Craft” and rub all its hard, cruel edges off. It’ll be “woke” and tolerant, righteous in its inclusion and opposition to those against those values. It just won’t be scary or have the “now they’ve gone too … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: A fight to save his pregnant addict girlfriend — “Higher Love”

We meet Darryl Gant in his car, driving through the dark, ruined streets of Camden, New Jersey. Philly guys on the radio compare the place to “Robocop’s Detroit” and “I Am Legend,” a ghost town since its Campbell’s Soup, RCA … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey brace for a “Holidate”

So, Netflix’s first “holiday” romantic comedy is all about vulgar people, alcohol and substance abuse, crude hook-ups, bodily functions and bodily fluids and generous helpings of the f-bomb? Charmlessly scripted and acted, “Holidate” is as amusing as a hand-job, and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: How the drug mobs roll in the Dominican Republic — “Narco Soldiers”

Our narrator tells the sad story of the Dominican Republic, “battleground island” of the Caribbean, a place where starting with “the Italian, Columbus” “outsiders” have always come in and exploited and bossed around the people. Spanish conquistadors to British and … Continue reading

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