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‘Fantastic Beasts’ and the Inconsistent Canon of the Wizarding World

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– By Tyler Carlos – Spoilers Below for both Fantastic Beasts movies and the Harry Potter series The Wizarding World just got a little bit bigger. After 2 years of waiting, the second installment of JK Rowling’s newest expansion of the Wizarding World has finally hit the big screen. Released on November 16, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald continues …

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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 drama. It’s something like a …

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Disney Overload Distracts from Recycled Wonder in ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

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(2018—Director: Phil Johnston & Rich Moore) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “There’s no law saying best friends have to have the same dreams.” — Shank (Gal Gadot) to Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) “What would Ralph say / If it turns out I stay / In this place called Slaughter Race?” — Vanellope …

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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ – A Timely Exploration of Human Dignity and the Futility of Violence

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 –By Sam Hendrian– This article contains Spoilers “We all have it coming, kid.” These legendary words from Clint Eastwood’s classic film Unforgiven also form the thematic core of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a feature-length anthology of Western short films from directors Joel and Ethan Coen. Recently released to Netflix, it masterfully employs both dark humor and haunting imagery to …

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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 in haunting and unexpected ways. …

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A Narrative Fog Weighs Down a Franchise Baby Step With ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’

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(2018—Director: David Yates) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “You’re too good, Newt. You never met a monster you couldn’t love.” — Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz) to Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) Potential spoilers below When pinpointing a defining pop culture staple for many kids born between the mid-1980s and the dawn of the new millennium, …

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Rosamund Pike Fearlessly Clings to the Battlefield in ‘A Private War’

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(2018—Director: Matthew Heineman) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “I hate being in a warzone, but I also feel compelled…compelled to see it for myself.” … “Because you’re addicted to it.” — Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) and Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) “Of all the women in the world, I love spending time with you most. …

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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), is now looking to revolutionize …

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A Catholic View on the Purpose of Horror

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– By James Powers – My dad is a voracious reader, and as a result one fixture of my upbringing was the shelves and shelves of books lining the living room wall – sci-fi anthologies, historical volumes (he’s obsessed with the Civil War), political commentaries, paperback fantasy. We had moved maybe a half-dozen times by the time I turned eighteen, …

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Struggling Outcasts Turn to Sophisticated Crime in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’

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(2018—Director: Marielle Heller) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “I’ll have you know, I’m a better Dorothy Parker than Dorothy Parker!” — Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) to Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant) Potential spoilers below Money—or, more specifically, the lack of it—tends to twist the lives of many. It is common to observe this phenomenon …