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Doing Good for the Sake of Good in ‘Instant Family’

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–By Sam Hendrian– “Ellie, people who take foster kids are really special. The kind of people who volunteer when it’s not even a holiday. We don’t even volunteer on a holiday!” These hilarious words said by Pete Wagner (Mark Wahlberg) to Ellie Wagner (Rose Byrne) in 2018’s Instant Family summarize the film’s richly-relevant thematic core. …

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4 Ways to Make Prydain Great Again

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– By Matthew Sawczyn – In case you missed it, like most of humanity, Disney (somewhat) recently reacquired the film rights to the award winning children fantasy series, Chronicles of Prydain. Written by Lloyd Alexander from 1964 to 1968, the Chronicles of Prydain is a wonderful coming of age story, concerning a humble peasant boy …

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How the ‘Haunting of Hill House’ Finale Undermines the Strength of Its Horror Story

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– By James Powers – Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House really illustrates the truth of that cliche motivational aphorism: “shoot for the moon – even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Creator Mike Flanagan has indeed shot for the moon with this show, attempting a low-key insane balancing act between horror and …

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The Little Things in Life: 10 Terrific Movies About Gratitude

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–By Sam Hendrian– Officially instituted by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, Thanksgiving is a beloved American holiday with a universal appeal. Gratitude is a virtue that no good-hearted person wants to suppress, and Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity to let it flow freely. Cinematic history is filled with movies that extol this great virtue, sometimes …

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Will ‘Quibi’ Revolutionize the Way We Watch TV… Or Is It Destined To Fail?

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– By James Powers – Hollywood producing giant Jeffrey Katzenberg has some big plans afoot, although you may not have heard about them quite yet. Katzenberg, the former Disney chairman who went on to co-found Dreamworks (thus giving us, among other things, the animation Burger King to Disney’s animation McDonald’s, but that’s a different story), …

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An Uncommon Veteran: What Mr. Rogers Teaches Us About Winning the War Against Worrying

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–By Sam Hendrian– It’s you I like/It’s not the things you wear/It’s not the way you do your hair/But it’s you I like. These simple yet profound song lyrics help summarize the heroic mission of Fred Rogers, the legendary children’s television host who is profiled in the acclaimed 2018 documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? …