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'A Christmas Story Christmas'

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'A Christmas Story Christmas'

If Hollywood delivered a decades-later sequel titled It's Still a Wonderful Life that picked up the story of Zuzu Bailey as a middle-aged florist undergoing her own existential crisis, or Another Miracle on 34th Street, with Susan Walker all grown up and having forgotten she once believed in Kris Kringle,

'The Crown: Season 5'

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'The Crown: Season 5'

Prince Charles rarely comes off as a sympathetic figure in television and film adaptations about the royal family, but you do feel a certain measure of sympathy for him on a few occasions in season five of Netflix's The Crown, as he asks anyone who will listen, including the Queen

'Armageddon Time'

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'Armageddon Time'

The majestic Anthony Hopkins nearly saves the well-intentioned but dour and heavy-handed American family portrait film Armageddon Time in a single, elegantly constructed scene in which Hopkins' family patriarch, Aaron, is in the park with his grandson Paul (Banks Repeta), who tells Grandpa at his new private school, "Sometimes kids

'Tar'

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'Tar'

Cate Blanchett is such a blazing and commanding force in Tar, we almost instantly believe she's been the title character her entire life: one Lydia Tar, a globally renowned classical conductor who is a generational genius, a fiercely protective mother, a passionate lover, an influential mentor, a generous benefactor, a

'Ticket to Paradise'

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'Ticket to Paradise'

We're only about 20 minutes into the half-baked, ultra-lightweight, almost instantly forgettable rom-com Ticket to Paradise when our hearts start to sink, as we realize this big-screen reteaming of Julia Roberts and George Clooney is quite likely going to be sideswiped and eventually sunk by a leaden screenplay that doesn't

'Alaska Daily'

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'Alaska Daily'

We won't bury the lead: The ABC journalism drama Alaska Daily is a solid, impressively credentialed and entertaining albeit conventional series that plays like a comfort-viewing, hourlong show from the 1990s. With a fish-out-of-water premise, an ongoing mystery plot that will no doubt play out over the course of the

'Amsterdam'

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'Amsterdam'

We often speak of that almost ethereal and magical thing called "chemistry" between actors in memorable films - but there are also movies in which the undeniably talented cast members never seem to click, for myriad reasons. In the case of David O. Russell's jaw-droppingly terrible, aggressively tasteless, profoundly unfunny

'Don't Worry Darling'

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'Don't Worry Darling'

What a shiny con job.  Olivia Wilde's follow-up to her dazzling directorial debut Booksmart (2019) is the retro psychological thriller Don't Worry Darling, which is one of the best-looking movies of the year and has an intriguing premise that cribs quite liberally from films ranging from Rosemary's Baby to The Stepford

'See How They Run'

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'See How They Run'

It's funny how we often see mini-similarities in two movies that just happen to be opening at the same time, as is the case this week with Confess, Fletch and See How They Run. The former is a light and breezy murder mystery featuring a world-weary veteran detective (Roy Wood

'Pinocchio'

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'Pinocchio'

My nose is not growing when I tell you the year 2022 brings us not one, not two, but THREE takes on the Pinocchio fable, starting with the currently streaming but mostly forgotten, Russian-made Pinocchio: A True Story from earlier this year, which featured Pauly Shore (!) as the voice

'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power'

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'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power'

The residents of Current Earth known as Entertainment Journalists tell us the Prime Video fantasy adventure saga The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is the most expensive television series of all time, with Amazon spending some $250 million just to acquire the rights from the estate of

'Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.'

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'Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.'

One of the common threads running through the best mockumentaries, from Rob Reiner's 1984 classic This Is Spinal Tap through the catalog of affectionately prodding Christopher Guest films such as Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003) and Mascots (2016), and even the inspired lunacy of Sacha Baron Cohen's

A bloody good prequel

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A bloody good prequel

We've just finished celebrating the finale of one of the great spinoff series of all time in Better Call Saul, and now the gods of television once again smile upon us with another potentially memorable prequel: HBO's Game of Thrones precursor House of the Dragon, which gets off to a

'Emily the Criminal'

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'Emily the Criminal'

Ever since her days on Parks & Recreation, Aubrey Plaza has excelled at playing characters who can cut you to ribbons with a withering glance or a deadpan observation - and yet they seem to have just enough vulnerability, a kind of reluctant humanity, that makes them more complex and

'The Sandman'

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'The Sandman'

Over the years, there have been numerous attempts to turn Neil Gaiman's immensely popular graphic novel series The Sandman into a movie or streaming series, and it's finally happening, with Netflix giving us a lush, moody and ambitious adaptation that occasionally skirts the borders of camp with its lofty monologues

Board the 'Bullet Train'

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Board the 'Bullet Train'

As much as I loved the creative and blood-spattered action sequences in David Leitch's wildly entertaining action-comedy Bullet Train, and as much as I appreciated the star-power lead performance by Brad Pitt, as well as the fantastic ensemble work from the greatly talented cast, what dazzled me the most was

'The Last Movie Stars'

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'The Last Movie Stars'

The first flickering images we see in the enthralling six-part HBO Max documentary series The Last Movie Stars are of Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford as the Sundance Kid, riding across the lonely plains. We then hear the voice of actor Ethan Hawke, who directed this passion

'Nope' is a YES!

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'Nope' is a YES!

"What did you see?" "Something above the clouds that's big."  "How big?"  "Big." - Exchange between sister and brother in Nope.  Jordan Peele's masterfully audacious, wickedly funny and utterly outlandish sci-fi horror fable Nope is a classic example of a bold and original film that pays homage to a seemingly endless stream of great

'Black Bird'

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'Black Bird'

A very early scene in the intense and engrossing Apple TV+ limited series is set in the Chicago of November 1996, with Taron Egerton's macho, supremely self-confident Jimmy Keene manning the bar in his bachelor pad while his high school football buddies from Kankakee watch old footage of Jimmy's glory

'Thor: Love and Thunder'

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'Thor: Love and Thunder'

Thor is a joke.  That's as much fact as opinion, because Thor: Love and Thunder is one of the goofiest and least consequential sagas in MCU history - an allegedly wild and wacky but ultimately disappointing and weirdly disjointed chapter in the ongoing story of the God of Thunder, who seems

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