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

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(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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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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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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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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The Wonders of Human Connection in ‘The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl’

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(2018—Director: Masaaki Yuasa) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “Senpai, what a coincidence!” “By chance, I was passing by.” — “The Girl With Black Hair” (Kana Hanazawa) and “Senpai” (Gen Hoshino) “Why do you drink?” “I was led by those I was fated to meet.” — Rihaku-san (Mugihito) and “The Girl With Black Hair” …