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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 […]

Review: SHOPLIFTERS

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Review: SHOPLIFTERS

By Josh Muchly Upshot: This Japanese film (originally titled “Manbiki kazoku”) centers on a stitched-together clan of small-time crooks who take the risk of harboring a young girl — named Yuri — they find outside in the cold, even as their own struggle for survival is faltering. It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in […]

Review: THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS

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Review: THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS

By Josh Muchly Upshot: This film, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, is comprised of six short stories set in the West during the Victorian Era. These stories are presented as “chapters,” but as a narrative are essentially unconnected. Though flawed, the film is expertly crafted by the Coen Brothers and will be considered among their greatest achievements. They […]

THE BEGUILED Movie Review

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THE BEGUILED Movie Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic Las Vegas Informer Under Coppola’s direction all eroticism is submerged in female unity and empowerment. IMDB.com lists under THE BEGUILED’s writing credit: Sofia Coppola … (written for the screen by) and Thomas Cullinan … (novel). On the screen it said “Screenplay by Sofia Coppola.” So I was shocked when I […]

Beauty and The Beastly Remake

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Beauty and The Beastly Remake

by Josh Muchly This year’s Beauty and the Beast should not exist. But… it does. Oh, well. Although not “as old as time,” the tale should be familiar by now: a cursed prince, a curious maiden, a dying rose and unexpected love. I admit upfront that it was, undoubtedly, not an easy task for director […]

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