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Breaking Fast

“Breaking Fast” is a sweet romantic comedy that shows how it’s possible to observe pretty much every convention of the mainstream romantic comedy yet still deliver something that feels new.  Written and directed by Mike Mosallam, the movie follows the romantic adventures of Mo (Haaz Sleiman, The Visitor), a thirty-something gastroenterologist from West Hollywood who also happens…

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Identifying Features

One journey, full of hope, turns into the start of an aching search for answers in Fernanda Valadez’s “Identifying Features.” This artful Mexican drama begins when Jesús (Juan Jesús Varela) tells his mother Magdalena (Mercedes Hernandez) that he is going north to the United States with a friend for a job opportunity. But months pass,…

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The Nostalgia of Epix’s Bridge and Tunnel is Filled with Wrong Turns

I hope your post-college life wasn’t this insipid. It’s Spring 1980 on Long Island, and six friends have returned to their neighborhood to hammer out their love lives. Hopeless romantic and photographer Jimmy Farrell (Sam Vartholomeos), whose former flame Jill (Caitlin Stasey) returns to respark their relationship, must decide between true love or recording wildlife…

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The Sister Sacrifices Logic, Tension as Its Twists Unravel

While U.S. audiences were complaining about the frustrating plotting of HBO’s disappointing “The Undoing” back in October, their British counterparts had a similar experience with ITV’s “The Sister,” now premiering in its entirety on Hulu this Thursday, January 21st. It too is based on a mystery novel, this one by Neil Cross (“Luther”), who adapts his…

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