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‘The Social Dilemma’ points out potential dangers of social media platforms on Netflix

Documentary “The Social Dilemma” points out that we are all lab rats to big tech companies and that should scare you.  The film, directed by Jeff Orlowski, features a unique blend of documentary interviews and loose dramatization that outlines the unique issues presented by social media and surveillance capitalism in the modern era. It features former …

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‘New Mutants’ puts a spooky twist on the X-Men

The long-awaited and many-delayed “New Mutants” shows us superpowered teenagers through a unique lens: horror.  The film, directed by Josh Boone of “Fault in Our Stars,” stars a well-rounded cast of actors portraying the titular New Mutants, newly awakened mutants in the Marvel Comics universe who are kept in a facility for …

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‘Tenet’ warps reality at the box office

“Tenet” is one of the few new movies out in theatres right now and it’s a wild ride. However, that’s not exactly a good thing for your head.  The film, written and directed by Christopher Nolan, stars John David Washington as “The Protagonist,” a literal protagonist in the story and …

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‘Unhinged’ goes crazy at the box office

After a long period of closed movie theatres being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “Unhinged” provides a much-needed thriller release showing the dark side of humanity.  The film, directed by Derrick Borte, stars Russell Crowe as Tom Cooper, a mentally unstable man attempting suicide by cop by going on a massive killing …

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‘Mom and Dad’ take the kids for a ride on Hulu

“Mom and Dad” is an entirely absurdist take on the “town hysteria” subgenre of horror, and that’s a good, good thing.  The film, written and directed by Brian Taylor, stars Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair as Brent and Kendall Ryan, the titular parents and overstressed suburbanites. The film opens with …

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Rotten Bananas: the movie industry has a problem

The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the world in every area of life, from grocery to the arts, from politics to the military. However, the movie industry is facing an unprecedented blackout that has no simple solution in sight.  One might ask: “what problem does the entire industry have? The theatres are …

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‘Wrinkles the Clown’ gives a scare in July

“Wrinkles the Clown” is a wild ride through the “evil clown” phenomenon publicized in the news in the mid-2010s.  The documentary, directed by Michael Beach Nichols, features the eponymous clown and the hysteria surrounding the performer. Wrinkles, based in Florida, offers parents of naughty children his phone number to call when …

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