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Olympia

If your first thought of Olympia Dukakis is her Oscar-winning role in “Moonstruck,” this documentary about her life and career will probably convince you that it is her third-best performance. Second is Dukakis as herself: delightfully earthy, candid, replete, wry, constantly drawing energy from the world around her and from creative engagement with it. But…

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The Beach House

With echoes of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space” and Stephen King’s “The Mist,” it’s pretty easy to pick out the influences on Jeffrey A. Brown’s stellar debut “The Beach House,” but it’s also a film that stands on its own two injured feet. Boasting sweaty, shaky camerawork and a firm grasp on tone,…

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Home Entertainment Guide: July 9, 2020

10 NEW TO NETFLIX “Airplane!”“Cloud Atlas““The Firm““Full Metal Jacket““I Am Not Your Negro““The Naked Gun““Poltergeist”“Schindler's List““Spaceballs““Total Recall” 2 NEW TO BLU-RAY/DVD “Come and See” (Criterion) Elem Klimov’s 1985 epic is one of the most acclaimed war films of all time, unsparing in how it captures the saga of a teenager (Alexei Kravchenko) who joins the…

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Sing Along with the Endearing Little Voice

A struggling singer-songwriter navigating New York City’s Indie music scene, Bess King (Brittany O'Grady) tirelessly composes songs in a makeshift recording studio. Adjacent to her creative space, a converted storage unit, is a pining British filmmaker named Ethan (Sean Teale). Bess balances Ethan with her other love interest, her guitarist Samuel (Colton Ryan), while safeguarding…

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Stateless

The credits to each episode of Netflix’s “Stateless” tout that it’s not only “Based on an idea by Cate Blanchett,” but that it’s “Inspired by true events.” That last part is verifiable without having to know the exact inspired details, as its depiction of life inside a refugee camp in Australia—concerning the captives, and their captors—is like a microcosm…

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Mucho Mucho Amor

Every culture has a list of its own idiosyncratic TV personas weaved into its fabric. Though it’s safe to assume that few can be as fiercely one-of-a-kind as Walter Mercado, the larger-than-life, gender-nonconforming Puerto Rican-born astrologer who allured millions of viewers across the United States, Latin America and even Europe for decades, spreading his intoxicating…

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