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‘Us’ tethers a thrilling and creepy experience

“Us” is an allegorical tale that interweaves horror and thriller elements into a package that most everyone can enjoy (read: not for young kids).  The film, directed by Jordan Peele, is the filmmaker and comedian’s second film after the wildly successful and award-winning “Get Out” of 2017. It stars Lupita …

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‘Greta’ grabs the horror crowd at the movies

“Greta” makes no effort to hide what it is: another standard centerpiece of the movie season, this one plucked from the horror bin.  The film, directed by Neil Jordan, stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Frances McCullen, a sheepish waitress living in New York making the most of her overtly boring days. McCullen, …

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‘The West Wing:’ a retrospective

“The West Wing” is an oldie but goodie in simple terms but is far more complex than this adage attributes.  The series, created and produced by Aaron Sorkin, was created in the late years of the 90s as a look into the day-to-day activities of the personal staff of a fictional …

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‘Happy Death Day 2U’ dies and should stay that way

“Happy Death Day 2U” is everything a sequel shouldn’t be: bland, uninteresting, and with no plot of its own.  The film, written and directed by Christopher Landon, stars Jessica Rothe reprising her role as Theresa Gelbman, a college student who unwittingly gets locked into a time loop that resets every time she is …

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‘The Prodigy’ falls flat as a failure for horror

“The Prodigy” is affront to the modern horror genre with absolutely no care to the great horror masterpieces that came before.  The film, directed by Nicholas McCarthy, stars Taylor Schilling, of “Orange is the New Black” fame, and Jackson Robert Scott, recognizable from his role as Georgie in 2017’s “It.” Schilling and …

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‘Carmen Sandiego’ finds her place on Netflix

“Carmen Sandiego” is an animated spy thriller with just a dash of political intrigue; and here’s a hint: it really works.  The show, produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is based on the popular video game series with the same name. The video game series spanned an expansive line of educational programs for children …

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‘Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’ kills

“Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’ is an ultimately boring rehash of the original Ted Bundy fiasco.  The Netflix documentary, created, written, and directed by Joe Berlinger, details the intimate aspects of Ted Bundy’s criminal life, from his initial capture, through his multiple escape attempts and then to his …

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‘You’ on Netflix creeps and thrills

“You” is a thrill ride that takes the typical psychological drama and turns it on its head.  The series, developed by Greg Berlanti, stars Penn Badgley as Joe, a seemingly mild-mannered bookstore manager who finds infinite comfort in the literature he sells. The series begins when Joe meets Beck, played by Elizabeth Lail, and …

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‘Sex Education’ schools Netflix watchers

Netflix’s “Sex Education” teeters between awkwardness and true sexual revelation, and unlike some might think, it truly glows.  “Sex Education,” created by Laurie Nunn, stars Asa Butterfield, of “Ender’s Game” fame, as Otis Milburn, a sexually repressed, British teenager who has trouble dealing with all forms of sexual contact. Milburn’s …

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