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Documentary Review: “Anthropocene” shows human alteration of the Earth in stark beauty

The world’s largest excavator, or digger, chews through a wall of earth and rock that was once the German town of Immerath. A young man, one of the thousands of residents of the Dandora Landfill in Kenya, raps to hear … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Fleeing Afghanistan as a “Midnight Traveler”

It looks so easy on a map. Just a few inches, or centimeters, get you from here to there. Even if you wholly comprehend the miles — or kilometers — they translate to, modern Western life has conditioned us to … Continue reading

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“SNL” Dead Man Walking Shane Gillis finally gets the chair

You knew he was a goner the moment that damning clip showed up. That wasn”t a lapse, ancient history or anything you can explain away. That was a vile bigot comfortable in long held prejudices. Via The New York Times … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “The World We Make” plays like an interracial romance of the, oh, late ’70s

The path to “The World We Make” is paved with patronizing, heavy-handed and somewhat retro good intentions. It’s a modern day inter-racial romance set in that corner of suburban Nashville that hasn’t turned a calendar page since, oh, 1975. The … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Groupers” is a vengeance on gay bashers farce that proves the more ISN’T the merrier

    “Groupers” is a farce about kidnapping two homophobic high school bullies and forcing them to prove their “thesis” — that homosexuality, “sexual proclivity,” is a choice. If it is, they can “choose” to dabble in, and voila, go … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Matthew Broderick cameos in a Netflix high school AFTER the apocalypse comedy, “Daybreak”

Netflix has had better luck with teen comedies than with post-apocalyptic sci-fi. But Oct. 24, perhaps this mashup farce will change all that.

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Movie Review: Daddario goes for romantic laughs in “Can You Keep a Secret?”

Office romances, especially those between boss and employee, have made a a rapid transition from “frowned upon” by HR to repellant and condemnable in the “#MeToo” era. They’re positively fraught, these days. Thus, the misfortune that is “Can You Keep … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Tiffany and Rose learn from Salma how to act “Like a Boss”

It’s been mostly miss or miss, with hits pretty rare, since Tiffany Haddish broke out with “Girls’ Trip.” Pairing her up with Rose Byrne, under-rated as a comedienne, but damned funny in “Neighbors” and “Bridesmaids” and “Get Him to the … Continue reading

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Next Screening? Alexandra Daddario wants to know, “Can You Keep a Secret?”

She’s having a moment, albeit in tiny films. But pairing up Alexandra D. with Tyler Hoechlin could pay dividends.

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Movie Review: “American Fango” is as muddy as its title

Here’s an excruciating foot-dragger of a comedy about how an Italian immigrant makes his way to New York where he then makes his mark, as a waiter — inventing an ice cream dessert when the kitchen runs out of pastries. … Continue reading

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