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Held

This movie opens with three dirtbags and a young woman drinking beer in a car. The unpleasant scene cuts away when the dirtbag at the steering wheel tells the woman she isn’t going anywhere and rolls up the car’s windows. In the next scene, it’s years later, and Emma, a woman near middle age whose…

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Moffie

“Moffie” is one of those films where you’ll get more out of it if you bring a specific nostalgia for, or firsthand cultural experience of, what takes place in its story. Director Oliver Hermanus employs the technique of purposely leaving all emotion out of the film, opting instead to attempt an evocation of Stanley Kubrick…

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Thunder Force

“Thunder Force” takes place in current-day Chicago, where the citizens struggle in the aftermath of a 1983 cosmic-ray blast, which turned sociopaths and criminals into lethal villains wielding deadly superhero-like powers. They are called “Miscreants” by the cowed and helpless populace. The Miscreants have wreaked havoc ever since, and regular human beings are powerless to…

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Slalom

Perhaps the most disquieting aspect of “Slalom,” a heartbreaking tale of awful sexual exploitation that contains numerous tough-to-watch scenes, is how predictably its story plays out between a vulnerable and impressionable young girl and an abusive someone in a position of power that she looks up to. But its foreseeable nature makes it neither unimportant…

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Voyagers

A group of gorgeous young people give into their most primal urges on a decades-long, interplanetary journey in “Voyagers.” And if that sounds like sexy Lord of the Flies in space, well … it is. But despite the familiar nature of the themes writer/director Neil Burger is exploring, his film still offers plenty of tension and…

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Home Entertainment Guide: April 2021

10 NEW TO NETFLIX “At Eternity's Gate““Croupier““Get on Up”“Insidious““Legally Blonde““My Fair Lady““Philomena““The Pianist““Savages““Saving Private Ryan“ 10 NEW TO BLU-RAY/DVD “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar“ Josh Greenbaum‘s comedy was delayed thanks to COVID but found a very receptive following when it was released on VOD earlier this year (and you really must read…

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