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Why Animated Shows Like ‘Avatar’ and ‘The Dragon Prince’ Aren’t Just For Kids

In Culture, Featured, Tyler Carlos by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Tyler Carlos – Spoilers Below Traditionally, there has always been a hard line between television shows that are for adults and what television shows are for children, and we still see it everywhere in media today. Most television series aimed at grown-up audiences appear on the traditional networks, like ABC and NBC, or else subscription based television, such …

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Never Beyond Saving: 10 Cinematic Stories of Redemption

In Culture, Featured by Sam Hendrian

–By Sam Hendrian– Reading the news is rarely an uplifting act, especially when it is saturated with stories of seemingly good people falling from grace. The Joker’s haunting words in The Dark Knight are proven time and time again to be true: “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” From Bill …

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Niederpruem’s ‘Little Women’: Have Critics Misjudged a Hidden Gem?

In Featured, Industry Insights by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Maria Andress – This recent modern adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women might be a film on very few radars. Directed by Clare Niederpruem and distributed by Pure Flix Entertainment and Pinnacle Peak, it made just over $1 million in the 12 days following its limited release. Reviews on Little Women from mainstream Hollywood such as those …

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Gaga & Cooper Bring the Grit & the Pipes in ‘A Star Is Born’

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Impact Admin

(2018—Director: Bradley Cooper) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “Hey.” “What?” “I just wanted to take another look at you.” — Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) and Ally (Lady Gaga) Potential spoilers below A Star Is Born—the story of a crossroads romance between a fading and alcoholic male star and a woman whose stardom lies …

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A Kid-Friendly Tug of War Between Reality & Myth in ‘Smallfoot’

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(2018—Directors: Karey Kirkpatrick) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “The only thing stronger than fear is curiosity.” — The Stonekeeper (Common), rapping to Migo (Channing Tatum) in the song “Let It Lie”  Potential spoilers below Despite the presence of two current animated occupants in my yearly top ten films list, 2018 in cinema has …

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How Netflix Can Make Their Narnia Adaptations a Success

In Featured, Industry Insights by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Maria Andress – Yesterday morning it was announced that Netflix closed a multi-year deal with The C.S. Lewis Company for the rights to the entire The Chronicles of Narnia series for multiple feature length film and series projects. Under the agreement, Mark Gordon of eOne Entertainment will produce along with Douglas Gresham (C.S. Lewis’ stepson) and Vincent Sieber …

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On ‘Support the Girls’, Love Substitutes, and the Dangers of Good Intentions

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Featured, Reviews by Impact Admin

– By Sam Hendrian – Won’t forget, can’t regret/What I did for love. So go the famous closing lyrics of the Marvin Hamlisch/Edward Kleban song “What I Did for Love” from the Broadway musical A Chorus Line. While these wistful words may seem nothing but beautiful at first glance, they bear a darker subtext upon further analysis. Just what exactly …

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Technology Vs. Humanity: Why ‘Next Gen’ Is the Most Important Movie of 2018

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– By Amanda Valdovinos – Spoilers below. Amid the current saturation of dystopian and sci-fi content in the media industry, the vast majority of Netflix viewers may have missed last week’s release of the Netflix original animated film Next Gen. At first glance, Next Gen camouflages as “another cute robot film” in the same vein as Disney/Marvel’s Big Hero 6 …

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On ‘The Exorcist’ and Why Faith is Indispensable

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Featured, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Why do people like watching scary movies? Such is a question that has been pondered by philosophers and everyday thinkers throughout the history of film. While there may be no definitive answer to this question, one likely reason is that humans find excitement in the idea …

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Leaving Home: A Cinematic Perspective

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– By Sam Hendrian – Flying the nest is no easy task for most young people. To leave the comforts of home and venture out into the world is adventurous and brave, but it can also be scary and bittersweet. Homesickness is common to college students who have left their families for the first time, and it is often feared …