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MOVIE REVIEW: Disney’s RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON is fun throwback animation in the spirit of the Disney Afternoon

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RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON is a fun animated film for the family with lots of replay value for children. As a kid growing up in the 1990s, one of those great feelings I looked forward to every day was

MOVIE REVIEW: BARB & STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR delivers absurdist laughs in spades in this silly road-trip comedy.

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Writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo’s Barb & Star plays like the love-child of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Austin Powers with a healthy dose of Adult Swim-esque esoteric weirdness. It’s fair to say that BARB & STAR GO TO

[SUNDANCE 2021] MOVIE REVIEW: PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND is an anarchic post-apocalyptic melange of East meets West in Sion Sono’s English-language debut film

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Nicholas Cage channels Mad Max and Snake Plissken by way of Death Race 2000’s Frankenstein in this genre-bending, destined to be midnight favorite. When one thinks of filmmaker Sion Sono, one is reminded of his debut film, 2001’s Suicide Club,

[SUNDANCE 2021] MOVIE REVIEW: A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX serves up the idea that the world is a giant simulation for a chosen few, but loses focus in its telling.

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Director Rodney Ascher (Room 237) channels the work of science fiction author Phillip K. Dick in exploring the idea of simulation theory, but that gets muddied with sidetracks with Elon Musk, trenchcoat killers, and self-involved video gaming addicts. It was

[SUNDANCE 2021] MOVIE REVIEW: MASS is a devastating look at those left behind in the wake of a tragedy and the cross they bear in the aftermath.

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Writer/director Fran Kranz makes his feature debut with this stunning and heartbreaking portrayal of the parents of the victims of a school shooter meeting the parents of the shooter to try and find a way forward. In the Catholic tradition,

[SUNDANCE 2021] MOVIE REVIEW: CENSOR is a Lynchian character study on the depths to where obsession can lead us.

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Writer/Director Prano Bailey-Bond presents a mind-bending Giallo-tinged portrait of a repressed film censor on the edge of a nervous breakdown in Mary Whitehouse’s 1980s England. Film censor Enid (Niamh Algar) takes meticulous pride in her work as a film censor,

MOVIE REVIEW: SAINT MAUD delivers a dark baptism in psychological horror

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Writer/director Rose Glass makes her feature debut following a flawed nurse who might either be going mad or just might be experiencing the ecstasy of being chosen for a higher purpose. History is filled with stories of ordinary figures being

MOVIE REVIEW: PSYCHO GOREMAN is a hilarious send-up of the ’80s kids and an alien on the run’ film genre for the Rick and Morty Generation.

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Director Steven Kostanski crafts a uniquely funny film that’s one part ALF/E.T./My Pet Monster meets Power Rangers on bath salts that somehow manages to be both nostalgic & a one-of-a-kind splatter gorefest One of my favorite feelings as a culture

TV REVIEW: WANDAVISION is a quirky and unique delight that sets an intriguing path forward for the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Writer Jac Schaeffer and director Matt Shakman have created an engaging and retro throwback to the vaudeville vibe of the classic TV shows of yesteryear; a show whose subtext promises an ominous beginning to the next stage of big-screen Marvel