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Review: ALADDIN (2019)

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Review: ALADDIN (2019)

By Josh Muchly I’m no fan of the live-action Disney do-overs. But — The upshot: A live-action version of the animated Disney feature from 1992. High-point: Will Smith. I’m shocked that I’m saying this, but, yes, Smith brings the magic and spark of life this movie needed. Like many people, I was dismayed at my first […]

Q&A: Writer/Director Monique Sorgen on short film SORRY, NOT SORRY

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Q&A: Writer/Director Monique Sorgen on short film SORRY, NOT SORRY

By Josh Muchly SORRY, NOT SORRY is inspired by William Carlos William’s 1934 poem This is Just to Say and tells a humorous tale about being in a challenging relationship. This entertaining short film has been selected for numerous high profile film festivals including Cleveland International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, the American Pavilion of Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at […]

Review: ENDGAME

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Review: ENDGAME

By Josh Muchly Only half of the film is done right…. Upshot: The 4th film in the “Avengers” franchise and the 2nd part of the Battle against Thanos. Spoilers: Yes Rundown: It isn’t easy to make a solid second-installment one year after the first. Sometimes brand fatigue sets in, and rushed production results in shoddy […]

Review: MID90s

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Review: MID90s

By Josh Muchly An enticing balance of humor and the dramatic Upshot: Stevie (Sunny Suljic), a thirteen-year-old in 1990s-era Los Angeles navigating adolescence and his troubled home life, spends a summer with a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop. Rundown: This is a labor of love by Jonah Hill. […]

Review: RAY AND LIZ at the Las Vegas Film Festival

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Review: RAY AND LIZ at the Las Vegas Film Festival

By Josh Muchly I couldn’t get RAY AND LIZ out of my mind Upshot: Writer/Director Richard Billingham returns to the outskirts of Birmingham where he and his brother were raised, in a visual exploration of his relationship with parents Ray and Liz. Rundown: I couldn’t get RAY AND LIZ out of my mind for days. We’re […]

Review: THE FAREWELL at the Las Vegas Film Festival

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Review: THE FAREWELL at the Las Vegas Film Festival

By Josh Muchly It’s timely, stylistic, and heartwarming. Upshot: When a Chinese family is informed their grandmother (“Nai Nai”) has only a short while left to live, they decide to keep her in the dark about it. They schedule a wedding as an excuse to gather everyone together before she dies, and in an attempt to […]

Review: HAIL SATAN? at the Las Vegas Film Festival

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Review: HAIL SATAN? at the Las Vegas Film Festival

By Josh Muchly It’s funny. It’s smart. It’s touching. Upshot: A look at the inception and influence of the controversial group known as The Satanic Temple (TST), its members, and their quest for approval to erect a Baphomet statue at the Arkansas Capitol. Rundown: There’s a sense of brutal honesty at the heart of this film. Nothing […]

Review: MARY POPPINS RETURNS

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Review: MARY POPPINS RETURNS

By Josh Muchly I saw what I needed to see in the first half hour Upshot: “In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she […]

Review: HOLMES & WATSON

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Review: HOLMES & WATSON

By Josh Muchly Perhaps I’m just a John C. Reilly stan. Upshot: A comedic take on the adventures of Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson. Rundown: It would be disingenuous of me to say this film is “so bad its good.” Not only is that a cop-out, it’s simply not true in my estimation. Some of it is actually bad: […]

Review: STAN & OLLIE

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Review: STAN & OLLIE

By Josh Muchly You don’t watch a movie like this for the twists and turns; you watch for the magic. And it’s magical indeed. Upshot: A story centering on Laurel and Hardy’s UK farewell tour in the early 1950s, an adaptation of a book by A.J. Marriot. High-point: Steve Coogan, hands down. You’ll be blown away […]

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