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What sort of outer space movies are you a fan of? The action-packed, big-budgeters that have the word "Star" in the title, as well as either "Trek" or "Wars?" The message-heavy ones such as "2001: A Space Odyssey?" (yes, some of those messages were perplexing), or the cerebral ones like Andr…

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During the two-and-a-half decades that Justin Theroux has been acting on stage, on TV, and in film, he's also kept his hands in areas of producing and writing (He co-wrote "Tropic Thunder!"). But acting has always been his mainstay. Filmgoers will know him for his parts in "Mulholland Dr." a…

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Disney and Sony Pictures Entertainment agreed to a multi-year licensing deal Tuesday that will bring your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to Disney's platforms, including Disney+.

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Netflix is synonymous with streaming, but its competitors have a distinct advantage that threatens the streaming leader's position at the top.

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A long black and white credits sequence presents the highlights of a police officer's celebrated career, from his rookie days to his tenure as an undercover cop to when he was gunned down and relegated to life in a wheelchair ... and promoted to police commissioner for his troubles.

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For those viewers who are on a steady diet of superhero movies, Sebastian Stan is Sergeant James Buchanan Barnes, or Bucky Barnes, or the Winter Soldier. They're all the same character. For viewers who watch all different sorts of movies and who manage to fit in a few TV series, Stan is some…

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Of all the superhero movies that have flooded our screens in recent years, the one that still stands out as the most fun is 2017's "Thor: Ragnarok," a film that was serious about not taking itself seriously. Even though "Thunder Force" is not up at the same budget - or star power-level as a …

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Spring is a time for reflection and renewal, and Lifetime Television's April movies tap into feelings of faith with a trio of new releases that include one inspirational biography and two cautionary tales.In "Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia," which debuts on April 3, viewers are treated to t…

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Sometimes, filmmakers just pack too much stuff into their movies, hoping to attract viewers by offering a little something for everyone. If it's good stuff, that pushes the plot(s) along, all power to it. Think of "Pulp Fiction," "Boogie Nights," "Nashville," "Snatch." They worked well, with…

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Today's lesson in historical fiction looks at a tale of the scoundrel Sir Francis Drake, the 16th-century British pirate who made a career of stealing treasure from Spain. Actually, Drake is only mentioned once in the heist film "The Vault." It's the finding of one of his bigger, long-missin…

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There's always room for another cracking story of espionage pitting the British against the Nazis. This one, set in rural England, is the idea of comedian and actor Eddie Izzard, who stars - in a dramatic role - and cowrote the screenplay. Although some early publicity suggests the film is b…

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The Russo brothers, Joe and Anthony, have been co-directing feature films and TV shows for a couple of decades. There have been multiple episodes of "Arrested Development" and "Community," along with an underappreciated good movie - "Welcome to Collinwood" - and a forgotten mediocre one - "Y…

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The 1980s and 1990s were Eddie Murphy's time to shine. His three-year run on "SNL" was the jumping-off point that morphed into a movie career that kicked off with "48 Hrs.," "Trading Places," and "Beverly Hills Cop." There followed a mix of sequels, some hits, some misses, the unexpected nut…

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Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, the Oscar-nominated writers of the 2011 hit comedy "Bridesmaids," finally reunite to stir up more funny business in "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar." The duo, BFFs in real life, wrote the script and co-star as a pair of fluffy-haired best friends who leave t…

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For the fourth filmed version of Noel Coward's hit stage play "Blithe Spirit," director Edward Hall and his battery of script writers have managed to keep much of the ditzy original flavor of the Coward piece - it's still set in 1930s England - but also make it accessible to and funny for mo…

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I can't recall the last film that has been so praised, so nominated by so many film and critics groups as "Nomadland." Categories include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and others. It's also been collecting heaps of …

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I started watching this movie - reluctantly, because someone told me it was about people caught in a time loop, a genre that has worn out its welcome for me. And right there, in the first few minutes, it was as if I was caught in my own time loop, of seeing exactly this sort of film again an…

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Forget the ludicrous mini-series "Tiger King," which premiered right around the same time as the pandemic hit America. Forget Tony the Tiger, whose voice and visage have sold millions of boxes of Frosted Flakes. Forget, if you're an old hippie, Tiger Balm, the cooling, menthol-infused cream …

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There's a special sort of small British film that doesn't have a precise label, but often has adjectives such as feelgood or laidback attached to it. Top of my head: "Waking Ned Devine," "Calendar Girls," "The Full Monty," "Happy-Go-Lucky." Frequently they're much more about characters and w…

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Gal Gadot did not burst, sight unseen, onto the American movie landscape as the golden tiara-wearing, glowing lariat-twirling, eternally truth-telling Wonder Woman. She had already been a recurring character - the weapon-savvy Gisele - in the "Fast & Furious" franchise, and had minor rol…

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When am I going to learn not to judge a book by its cover, or a movie by its title, or by what I think is its premise? I almost passed on watching "The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee." The title is too long and formal. And I was led to believe that it was a comedy about the Australian actor Paul …

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It's December. It's officially pre-awards season, when all the film critics and voters begin thinking about Top-10 lists and nominees. Here's a hot tip for those folks - and for normal moviegoers: Be sure to see "Mank." It's the equivalent of one-stop shopping if you're looking for candidate…

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Somewhere buried deep within the hackneyed genre thriller "Let Him Go" resides a pretty nifty story about the give and take between a long-married Montana couple confronting age, grief and an elusive connection with their widowed daughter-in-law. Because said couple is played by Kevin Costne…

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One responsibility of a film critic is to let prospective viewers know that even if a movie is being strongly recommended, it's imperative to point out that some of its contents could be upsetting. In the case of "Let Him Go," an adaptation of the 2013 novel by Larry Watson, my warning is th…

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Today's topic is hypertrichosis, a condition that causes excessive hair growth all over the body. The common term for it is werewolf syndrome. Paul (Jaeden Martell), who is about to turn 13, was born with hypertrichosis. Living with his dad in a run-down apartment in upstate New York, Paul i…

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