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The Nevers Review | Don’t Let Whedon Ruin It for the Rest of Us!

The Nevers Review | Don’t Let Whedon Ruin It for the Rest of Us!

Remember growing up, playing games with other kids and having a great time before that one kid would do something awful causing a parent to come out and say “You just ruined it for everyone”… Way to go, Chad! Thanks for ruining it for the rest of us. Well, Joss is that kid. Except he’s a grown man and the excuses have run out. Now his actions are threatening to ruin the fun and hard work so many people put into The Nevers. I hope we don’t let it happen because the show is delightfully entertaining! A proper superhero show…
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Raya and the Last Dragon Review | Great Potential, Lousy Tropes

Raya and the Last Dragon Review | Great Potential, Lousy Tropes

Raya and the Last Dragon is the beautifully animated latest addition to the Walt Disney Animation Studios collection! An inspiring narrative tackling themes of teamwork, trust, and the power of people coming together to tackle a common threat. However, the film suffers from the same trope so many Disney films suffer from. Absurd, yet, adorable characters that serve to draw cheap laughs from its audiences and, ultimately, sell merchandise. Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon Raya is the princess of Heart, one of the tribes that make up the fractured lands of what was once the kingdom of Kumandra. She…
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The United States vs. Billie Holiday Review | A Great Story Lacking Focus

The United States vs. Billie Holiday Review | A Great Story Lacking Focus

This review will be different… The United States vs. Billie Holiday is powerful and triggering. Lee Daniels takes the story of a legend and composes a visual narrative that mentions and, on occasion, sheds light on that which the opening and closing texts would have you believe is the focus of the film. Lynching… an abysmal act that, to my surprise, has yet to be outlawed in our “great” nation due to semantics, and which inspired the “song of the century” “Strange Fruit”. Daniels chooses instead to focus on heroin, on how the FBI used it to strike fear in…
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Ma Belle, My Beauty Review | Sundance 2021

Ma Belle, My Beauty Review | Sundance 2021

Ma Belle, My Beauty is a raw moving picture that delves into a relationship molded by years of complicated love and into how it can be shattered in an instant by selfishness and abandonment. A quiet patient story that explores so much more than emotion and touches on a side of togetherness few have experienced but most understand. The feeling of loving someone with everything you have but knowing they can’t help but bring pain and never seem to take it with them when they leave. Idella Johnson and Hannah Pepper appear in Ma Belle, My Beauty by Marion Hill,…
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Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It Review | Sundance 2021

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It Review | Sundance 2021

Rita Moreno is an icon in the Hispanic community. An inspiration to people of color, particularly women, in feeling that their dreams are possible regardless of the obstacles in their way. This documentary captures her story and puts it on display for the world to see. Depicting her as so much more than just a singer, an actress, a dancer, a sex icon, a social activist, a wife, a mother, etc. But she is… A still from Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It by Mariem Pérez Riera, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition…
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Son of Monarchs Review | Sundance 2021

Son of Monarchs Review | Sundance 2021

Son of Monarchs is an intriguingly captivating film out of Mexico that introduces many of its audience members to a world few knew existed… the world of biologists trying to figure out how to genetically change the color of butterfly wings! That’s a real job. Watch this movie and see for yourself! Tenoch Huerta Mejía appears in Son of Monarchs by Alexis Gambis, an official selection of the NEXT section at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. After the death of his grandmother, Mendel, a Mexican biologist living in New York, returns to his hometown nestled in the majestic monarch butterfly…
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Human Factors Review | Sundance 2021

Human Factors Review | Sundance 2021

Human Factors is, as the title would suggest, a human story about the different ways people deal and of the fallibility of those we trust the most. A family drama that plays with the idea of perspectives, which is a tool often used to increase tension and bring clarity, but here they miss the mark making the narrative drag and leaving you more confused at the end than you were when the journey began. Wanja Valentin Kube, Mark Waschke, and Jule Hermann appear in Human Factors by Ronny Trocker, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the…
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Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Season 2 Review | A Network Musical Sitcom Worth The Wait

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Season 2 Review | A Network Musical Sitcom Worth The Wait

Much like the first, the second season of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is infectious from the very start. It has been while since I’ve been able to turn off my brain and just enjoy a network TV show but this one makes it easy, especially if you have any affinity at all for musicals. Pictured: (l-r) John Clarence Stewart as Simon, Jane Levy as Zoey Clarke, Skylar Astin as Max Zoey is a young woman who discovers one day that she has the ability to hear people’s inner most thoughts as full musical compositions of multi-generational popular songs. In season two,…
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The Midnight Sky Review | Clooney’s Best… Direction

The Midnight Sky Review | Clooney’s Best… Direction

The Midnight Sky surprises in the best possible way. More than a drama, this is an experience that truly pays off! Felicity Jones as Sully and David Oyelowo as Commander Tom Adewole. Cr. Philippe Antonello/NETFLIX ©2020 The year is 2049. Augustine, a sick scientist who has chosen to live his last days alone, is forced to face the frozen elements of Greenland with a stranded little girl to attempt to inform a group of astronauts of the unfortunate mysterious apocalyptic conditions the world currently finds itself in before they come back home. This was an absolute delight! An incredibly engaging…
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Soul Review | An Unpopular Opinion

Soul Review | An Unpopular Opinion

Soul thrives in it’s diversity and in the music of Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, which elevates the heart of the film along with the jazz compositions of Jon Baptiste… and if that was all it took to make a great film I would be exclaiming that Pixar has done it yet again, but it is not and THEY have not because these can’t save what bad writing has ruined. Tina Fey & Jamie Foxx in Soul(2020) In Soul a musician who has lost his passion for music is transported out of his body and must find his way back…
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