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‘Joker:’ a prerelease first glance

The release date of “Joker” is upon us but let’s take a look at what got us to this point: the point where a supervillain solo film can win the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival.  The film, directed by Todd Phillips, is to be released on Friday, Oct. 4 and is the origin …

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‘Castle Rock’ sends chills for King fans on Hulu

“Castle Rock” is a foray into the demented universe of Stephen King’s numerous books and it sells quite well.  The series, created by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, stars Andre Holland as Henry Matthew Deaver, a criminal attorney and native of the town of Castle Rock, who returns to the …

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‘Jawline’ presents a cautionary tale to Hulu viewers

“Jawline” is the story of how one young man’s wish can quickly spiral into a social media catastrophe of epic proportions.   The documentary, directed by Liza Mandelup, tells the story of Austyn Tester, a 16-year old from Tennessee with big dreams of becoming a “social media influencer.” The film also features …

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‘Lion King’ makes wild moves at the movies

“The Lion King” is a revitalization of the classic film by Disney and it has all the wonder and majesty presented by the original.   The film, directed by Jon Favreau, follows the famous lion Simba on his journey through life with all its joys and tragedies. “Lion King” features an …

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‘Crawl’ swims in for the kill at the box office

“Crawl” is a look into the natural world: man’s scariest enemy out there.  The film, directed by Alexandre Aja, stars English actress Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper as a daughter-father duo in Southern Florida who become trapped in their first home during a Category five hurricane and soon after, become terrorized by …

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‘Midsommar’s’ Ari Aster delivers boring box office bomb

“Midsommar” is a spiritual successor to Ari Aster’s last film, “Hereditary” in almost every way: it’s weird, it’s not scary, and it doesn’t pull punches with graphic content.  The film, directed by Ari Aster, is a psychological thriller/horror film set primarily in a small Swedish commune. It stars Florence Pugh as Dani …

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‘Ma’ serves up a box office flop

“Ma” is much like a car accident: grotesquely horrible but for some reason, you are absolutely unable to look away.  The film, directed by Tate Taylor and produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, features Octavia Spencer in the titular role of Sue Ann Ellington, soon known to the town’s teenagers as Ma. The …

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Marvel characters bring it all home

With “Avengers: Endgame,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is coming to a momentous stopping point. It’s time to ask, “What has it amounted to?”, “What will come next?”, and “Why should anyone care about these movies?”  The MCU had simple beginnings but not exactly smooth ones. For those that remember, …

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‘Pet Sematary’ raises the box office and ratings

“Pet Sematary” is a shocking remake of the Stephen King classic, and it will send a shiver down the spine of any unsuspecting viewer.  The film, directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, follows Louis Creed, played by Jason Clarke, and his family after they move to rural Ludlow, Maine from the busier Boston. Creed …

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