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Raul Navedo

20 Posts
Raya and the Last Dragon | Trailer

Raya and the Last Dragon | Trailer

It is very rare when I can honestly say I am looking forward to an animated film but this one looks too good. Check out the exciting, new trailer for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Raya and the Last Dragon! https://youtu.be/9BPMTr-NS9s Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she’ll learn…
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Chicago International Film Festival Reviews | Part 1

Chicago International Film Festival Reviews | Part 1

The 56th Chicago International Film Festival is underway and we here at MR could not be happier. I mean, how lucky am I that two of my favorite seasons land at around the same time of year? Film Festival season AND football season! ‘Tis the season to be a cinephile! Along with the MASSIVE and heartbreaking complication that COVID has been this year, film festivals have been among the businesses impacted. Two difficult choices were on the table: Cancel or the three "R"s. Reduce, reformat, restructure! Much to our benefit, Chicago was one of the ones that went with the…
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Chicago International Film Festival | 2020

Chicago International Film Festival | 2020

Considering how wild 2020 has been it is turning out to be a great year for film lovers! That has greatly to do with film festivals that decided to reformat their yearly event and move ahead with the festivities, celebrating the spectacle that is visual storytelling while embracing the difficulties the pandemic has brought. Chicago International Film Festival is one of these film festivals that is gearing up to do just that. The festival is running from Oct. 14th-23rd and is highlighting an incredibly diverse selection of films sure to delight its audiences and start quite a buzz on the…
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The Haunting of Bly Manor Review

The Haunting of Bly Manor Review

The Haunting of Bly Manor is intoxicating! Like sitting around a campfire as a child, or perhaps an attic, and being told a ghost story. Wherever you were, do you remember how your heart would flutter filling your stomach with excitement and… worry? Wanting to listen but knowing that maybe you shouldn’t for fear of knowing is what we knew even then, gave life to the monsters lurking in the dark. Waiting in the empty hallways of our homes at night, or in the closets, or maybe dwelling in the uncharted space underneath our bed. But “monsters don’t exist and…
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NYFF 2020 Highlights | Making Film Fests Look Good Amid A Pandemic

NYFF 2020 Highlights | Making Film Fests Look Good Amid A Pandemic

I know we’re all tired of hearing it but what a strange year it has been. We’ve all felt the impact; individuals, businesses, bank accounts and, of course, the world of film festivals. 2020 has been relentless on the festival circuit causing numerous festivals earlier in the year to cancel their event and slate of films, as happened with Cannes and SXSW. As if this wasn’t painful enough for cinephiles, much of the selection of films expected to release this year began vanishing from the calendar and finding a new home next year while some persisted, opting instead to test…
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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan | Trailer

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan | Trailer

There have been stirring rumors about this Borat sequel for a while now. People talking about Sacha Baron Cohen walking around as Borat in another random costume... Excitement started to build and people wondered when we would get to see what was being worked on. Rumors also circulated that the film had to do with the the current political climate of this election year so people assumed it would come before the election. They were right! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Rsa4U8mqkw&feature=youtu.be Borat is up to some more shenanigans but this time he has to wear disguises to get around in America because he's too…
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Lovecraft Country Review | Non-Spoiler

Lovecraft Country Review | Non-Spoiler

Lovecraft Country is revisionist history with a fantastical twist. Familiar and unfamiliar American truth explored through a new lens. One of horror and imagination. Placing supernatural monsters in the center of terrible human acts and taking us for an adrenaline filled ride you won’t soon forget. Jonathan Majors in Lovecraft Country An African American war vet sets out on the road of Jim Crow Era America in search of his father. The search soon becomes more than he and his companions anticipated as they unknowingly find themselves in the center of H.P. Lovecraft's most horrifying imaginings. The series has been…
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Mangrove Review | NYFF

Mangrove Review | NYFF

Mangrove is soulful! A film about oppression, injustice, and the will to fight for your human rights to community & life free of persecution… and guess what? It's based on a true story that doesn’t take place in the US. Though true, don’t celebrate. The film hits too close to home and proves that abuse of power runs in the veins of humans and that acts like this are doomed to continue if we don’t learn from history. Class is in session with Mangrove. Shaun Parkes as Frank Crichlow in Mangrove The first of five Steve McQueen films in the…
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The Trial of the Chicago 7 Review

The Trial of the Chicago 7 Review

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is an incredibly poignant tale about the power of protesting and of the injustice people are subjected to for doing just that. A powerful historical courtroom drama that rocks you to your core and makes you question our justice system, laugh at the fallacy of men, and fear the possibility of ever having to face a judge yourself. What was supposed to be a peaceful protest at the Democratic National Convention of 1968 turned violent as a tens of thousands of demonstrators come head-to-head with the full Chicago Police Force and the Chicago National…
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Utopia Review | Gillian Flynn’s Amazon Original Series

Utopia Review | Gillian Flynn’s Amazon Original Series

Though not quite as perfect as the name would suggest, Utopia is an imaginative and exciting action drama that keeps you theorizing episode after episode. Unfortunately, the show falls flat because of its drawn out nature and it fails to consistently introduce characters and situations that keep us engaged throughout. A spinoff of the original British dark comedy, Utopia feels like it needed more time in the lab to “…earn [its] place in this crowded world…” Jessica Rothe as Samantha. Cards on the table Gillian Flynn wrote my favorite novel, Gone Girl, so when I heard she had an original…
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