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Ten Long Movie Series to Get Us Through “Social Distancing”

As I write this post, I am currently living in the Seattle area which has turned into something like ground zero for the coronavirus pandemic and my family and I are firmly in "social distancing" mode. Every day bring some an exhausting mix of news to give us hope and news to send us into …

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Best “Nice” Movies

Niceness is not something that is generally held up as an upper-tier virtue in society. Instead we just got through another nasty election season consisting of battle-lines drawn, weapons hurled, and an election night that resulted in a "choose-your-own-story" victory narrative in which the only real consensus reached was that we are an increasingly divided …

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Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

During the desperate race to catch up with Marvel Studios in the cinematic universe arms race, the DC extended universe got itself entangled trying to unite its disparate movies with a specific tone (dour and dark) and a continuity that was both inorganic and overstuffed. Early on in the irreverent and manic Birds of Prey …

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1917

1917 is a movie that sucks you into its wake. Beginning in a quiet field with soldiers napping peacefully on a sunny day, the movie quickly plunges you into the horrors of World War I, as director Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) embeds you with two soldiers Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Schofield (George MacKay) who are …

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Big Screen Review)

(While I won't be actively discussing the biggest story points here, lets just assume that minor SPOILERS about basic details of the plot will be present in this review) Over 40 years after Star Wars entered and dominated large segments of popular culture Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker comes with the promise of finally bringing the core …

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Ford V Ferrari (Big Screen Review)

Everything you need to know about Ford v Ferrari is right there in the title. This crowd-pleasing and well-made movie about the Ford racing team's quest to win the 24-hour Le Mans race follows just about every predictable beat you can imagine in a sports movie. But what sets it apart is the magnetic star presences of Matt …

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