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Rotten Bananas: Top 5 Halloween Movies

Halloween will certainly look different this year and for some, may include no trick-or-treating at all. A good alternative with family and friends is to get together and watch some spooky or Halloween-themed movies.  5. Coraline  “Coraline,” directed by Henry Selick and based on the novella by Neil Gaiman, features Dakota Fanning as the voice of …

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“New York Times Presents” explains our 2020 experience

“New York Times Presents” is a detailed explanation of our collective trauma from 2020, as well as the societal implications of the crises we have faced.  The documentary is a series of independent documentaries collected into an anthology focusing on the particular crises that have rocked the United States and the world …

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‘Whose Vote Counts’ explains the right to vote on Netflix

“Whose Vote Counts, Explained” takes a close look at the United States’ political system and attempts to get voters engaged and informed before the 2020 general election.  The documentary miniseries, produced by Vox Media and distributed by Netflix, examines the various aspects of democracy in the United States, the way our …

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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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