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The Ambitious ‘White Boy Rick’ Bites Off More Than It Can Chew

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(2018—Director: Yann Demange) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “It was good, wasn’t it? When we were kids, for a little while?” “You still are a kid, Ricky.” — Brother Richard “White Boy Rick” Wershe, Jr. (Richie Merritt) and sister Dawn Wershe (Bel Powley) Potential spoilers below Time once again for me to invest …

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It’s not U, It’s Ur Gram: What ‘Eighth Grade’ Teaches Us About Society, Anxiety, and Maybe Even Sanctity

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– By James Powers – In many ways, I think most of us never quite grew out of the awkward terror of middle school. If this weren’t the case, how else would A24 have expected to successfully market its R-rated Eighth Grade? What would the target adult demographic have found compelling about a movie focused on that phase of life, …

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7 of the Best Female Characters in Action Movies

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– By M Pelchat – In your basic Hollywood action movie, there are usually only a few different types of female characters: the classic damsel in distress, the sexy warrior, or the emotionless assistant.  While these cliches make for simple stories, they often leave the audience with very forgettable characters. A female character should not be confined to one aspect, …

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Amazon’s ‘Jack Ryan’ – A Perfect Hero Makes for an Imperfect Show

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– By Tyler Carlos – Spoilers Below In 1984, writer Tom Clancy’s published his first novel titled “The Hunt for Red October.” In this novel, Clancy introduced the world to Jack Ryan, a former US Marine now working as an analyst, and occasional field operative, for the CIA. Since then, 15 other books have been released that continue to the …

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Glenn Close Reaches Her “Nobel” Limit in ‘The Wife’

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(2018—Director: Björn L. Runge) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “Please don’t paint me as a victim; I am much more interesting than that.” — Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) to Nathaniel Bone (Christian Slater) Potential spoilers below While the cinematic medium honors its origins in photography twenty-four times per second, it also takes much …

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‘Searching’: The Best Film the Screen POV Gimmick Will Ever Produce

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(2018—Director: Aneesh Chaganty) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “I didn’t know her. I didn’t know my daughter.” — David Kim (John Cho) to Det. Sgt. Rosemary Vick (Debra Messing) “As a parent myself, I can only imagine what you’re feeling.” — Det. Sgt. Rosemary Vick (Debra Messing) to David Kim (John Cho) Potential …

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How Netflix Lost ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

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– By Katherine Sanderson – This weekend, Crazy Rich Asians will make history as the first English-language film in 25 years to feature a nearly all-Asian cast, and to be released by a major studio. But the film can also boast another accolade: the film that Netflix could not get. Yes, the luxe romantic comedy potentially could have not graced the …