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Category Archives: TV & Movies

Sophie Jones

Is there ever a point at which grief gets easier? 16-year-old Sophie Jones (Jessica Barr) is going through it. Her mother has recently died. She feels tangible distance from her younger sister Lucy (Charlie Jackson) and their father Aaron (Dave Roberts). Every day feels like a struggle that just bleeds into another, and another, and…

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Master Storyteller T. Shawn Taylor to Host Workshop on March 6th as Part of No Malice Film Contest

Master storyteller T. Shawn Taylor will be hosting a virtual workshop on Saturday, March 6th, at 10am CST. This exclusive webinar is open to all as part of the No Malice Film Contest, presented by the Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (with a grant from Healing Illinois and The…

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#401 March 2, 2021

Matt writes: “The first time I saw ‘The Straight Story,’ I focused on the foreground and liked it. The second time I focused on the background, too, and loved it. The movie isn’t just about the old Alvin Straight’s odyssey through the sleepy towns and rural districts of the Midwest, but about the people he…

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Raya and the Last Dragon

Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon,” available this week in limited theatrical release and on Disney+ for an extra fee, is a wonderful adventure. Blending imagery and mythology from several Southeast Asian cultures into its own vision, it’s an ambitious family film that will work for all ages, and one that never talks down to…

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Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell

There’s a bit of false advertising in the title for “Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell” in that the documentary that premieres on Netflix today may tell the story of rapper The Notorious B.I.G. but it too rarely feels like first-person. B.I.G. is one of the most heavily documented musicians in history with specials, movies,…

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