Category Archives: TV & Movies

#394 November 24, 2020

Matt writes: In the sixth edition of publisher Chaz Ebert’s “My Happy Place” series, she shares various ways we can each find joy during the 2020 holiday season when under lockdown. You can find her full article here, and read her intro excerpted below… “As we approach this season of Thanksgiving, we are finding…

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The Croods: A New Age

Seven years after the release of “The Croods,” a sequel finally emerges from the caves of Hollywood, pushing its ways into theaters in the markets where people are still allowed to go to the multiplex. Rather than drop this one on VOD like “Trolls World Tour,” Universal and Dreamworks are pushing forward with a theatrical…

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About one in every five new Jackie Chan film is worthwhile, and the Chinese super-spy thriller “Vanguard” is not the one. Rather, it’s the latest expression of Chan’s outspoken nationalism, which isn’t that surprising given that he has repeatedly spoken out against Hong Kong protesters. In “Vanguard,” Chan plays Huanting Tang, the boss of Vanguard,…

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Black Narcissus

Remakes aren’t inherently a bad idea, but there’s something about trying to recreate unqualified masterpieces that feels particularly treacherous. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1947 adaptation of Rumer Godden’s novel Black Narcissus is an absolute stunner, an Oscar winner that startled audiences when it was released and still kills—I made the arguable mistake of watching…

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