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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 […]

Review: AFTER NEVERLAND on HBO

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Review: AFTER NEVERLAND on HBO

By Josh Muchly Disclaimer: The following is not a defense of any individual who grooms, abuses or silences children. Upshot: AFTER NEVERLAND is an hour-long Q&A panel featuring Oprah, Wade Robson, James Safechuck and Dan Reed, who’s the director of LEAVING NEVERLAND. Rundown: AFTER NEVERLAND feels like a mess from start to finish. It is not a worthy […]

Q&A: local musician Kathy Reese on new album “Ivory Towers”

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Q&A: local musician Kathy Reese on new album “Ivory Towers”

By Josh Muchly “Ivory Towers” is an instrumental album from local musician Kathy Reese, who was kind enough to answer some question about her passion project. Informer Media Group: What inspired you to embark on this project? Kathy Reese: I was inspired to do this project while my husband Thom and I were producing a compilation […]

Review: LEAVING NEVERLAND, Parts 1 and 2 on HBO

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Review: LEAVING NEVERLAND, Parts 1 and 2 on HBO

By Josh Muchly Disclaimer: The following is not a defense of any individual who grooms, abuses or silences children. Upshot: Dan Reed’s two-part, four-hour documentary LEAVING NEVERLAND explores the claims of abuse against Michael Jackson by Wade Robson and James Safechuck. Highpoint: the story surrounding the accusations.  It is utterly fascinating getting to know Wade and James […]

Q&A: writer/director/editor Justin O’Neal Miller on short film PEGGY

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Q&A: writer/director/editor Justin O’Neal Miller on short film PEGGY

By Josh Muchly PEGGY is a short film which tells a tale of a housewife who appears to have it all … until the cracks begin to show. Peggy’s social graces are put to the test when she throws a birthday party for her eight-year-old son. Justin O’Neal Miller, who wrote, directed and edited the film was gracious to answer […]

Re-View: AS GOOD AS IT GETS (1997)

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Re-View: AS GOOD AS IT GETS (1997)

By Josh Muchly Upshot: A romantic comedy from James L. Brooks and Mark Andrus, AS GOOD AS IT GETS stars Jack Nicholson as Melvin Udall, a misanthropic author in New York, Helen Hunt as Carol Connelly, a single mother and waitress at Melvin’s favorite restaurant, and Greg Kinnear as Simon Bishop, a gay artist and Melvin’s […]

Q&A: writer/director Nessa Wrafter and producer Clancie Brennan on short film EARLY DAYS

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Q&A: writer/director Nessa Wrafter and producer Clancie Brennan on short film EARLY DAYS

By Josh Muchly EARLY DAYS is a short film centering on Kate, a new mother struggling with postpartum depression and navigating expectations regarding maternity. Writer/director Nessa Wrafter and producer Clancie Brennan were kind enough to answer some questions about this compelling film. Informer Media Group: Hi, you two. Thank you so much for answering some […]

Review: CAT STICKS from the Sundance Film Festival

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Review: CAT STICKS from the Sundance Film Festival

By Josh Muchly Upshot: Premiering at this year’s Sundance, CAT STICKS is a black and white film from India, the singular film from that country at the annual festival. Based in Calcutta and presented in Hindi, first-time writer/ director Ronny Sen centers the film on people towards the fringes of society — due to unfortunate happenstance […]

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