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Movie Review: Anarchy…and neglect and dysfunction in the UK — “Ray & Liz”

The older boy has a cassette record to play with, like many children of the late ’70s. His toddler brother has no shortage of plastic tools and toys, Legos and the like. There’s a dog and a parakeet, too. Rich, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Northern Soul” is tone deaf

“Northern Soul”was fad, a movement, that came just after the Mods and Psychedelia, concurrent with Glam Rock and just before Disco and Punk among  those music mad Brits. It got people in the north and Midlands of England back on … Continue reading

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Binge Worthy? Blanchett leads us to the “conservative revolution” as Phyllis Schlafly, “Mrs. America”

You look at the episode list and you think to yourself, “Do I really want to spend nine hours digging into ten years of the political life of anti-Equal Rights Amendment crusader Phyllis Schlafly?” It’s a valid question. In this, … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Coffee & Kareem” is an alltime “Netflix Original” low

Even Ed Helms might cringe if the coarse, predictably dumb and absurdly violent Netflix action comedy “Coffee & Kareem” gives him some sort of comeback. Then again, forcing him, Taraji P. Henson and the rest of the cast to repeat … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Veterans are each other’s therapy running “Comfort Farms”

Just outside of Milledgeville, Georgia there’s an organic produce and livestock “eat local” farm run by a collective of combat veterans as a form of self-help therapy, a way of easing them back into civilian life by re-purposing their war … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Holly Hunter shows a little rust in “Strange Weather”

You could never blame Holly Hunter for not working as much as we’d like. She could pick a series, here and there, voice Elastigirl in two “Incredibles” movies, show up in tiny but sparkling supporting turns in “The Big Sick” … Continue reading

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Netflixable: A combat thriller in drag, “Rogue Warfare”

Rare is the combat film that’s as awful, and instantly-so, as “Rogue Warfare,” a thriller as inept as its clunky title. It begins with a poorly-accented diatribe by the Supreme Leader (Essam Ferris) of a new terror cell called “The … Continue reading

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Binge worthy? Amazon’s serene, slow “Tales From the Loop”

How far will you go into a series, limited or otherwise, before committing to it, heart, soul and investment in time? Because pandemic or not, storytelling in the “Binge TV” era has a couple of common traits that a savvy … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Yet another horror tale titled “The Haunted”

A winsome young caregiver, a spooky old house. What might be afoot in this May 22 release?

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Movie Review: The bloody-minded fantasy that is “True History of the Kelly Gang”

Ned Kelly is Australia’s Jesse James, a pioneer-era outlaw hero (to some) and icon of Aussie defiance, independence and Old West-style violence. He robbed and murdered his way to infamy, led a revolt against British oppression and wrote, in essence, … Continue reading

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