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'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

'The Black Phone'

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'The Black Phone'

From the movie-opening shot of a can of Coors being cracked open, to the well-timed use of period-piece pop hits, to backyard toy rocket launchers, to the convenience stores with pinball machines, to the two-tone raglan baseball T-shirts worn by the kids, to the brown-and-gold color schemes in the working-class

'Elvis'

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'Elvis'

The numbers vary from internet source to internet source, but the general consensus seems to be there were something like 200 Elvis Presley impersonators in the world at the time of the King's death in 1977 and the number has grown to at least 35,000 today. And we're not even

'Jurassic World: Dominion'

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'Jurassic World: Dominion'

Certain scenes in Jurassic World: Dominion are reminiscent of 1980s romantic adventure films such as Romancing the Stone, in which circumstances place two people in a precarious situation as love begins to bubble up between them.  At other times, it feels like a Godzilla movie, as giant, roaring, teeth-baring CGI apex

What a 'Marvel'

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What a 'Marvel'

We often see profile pieces in which someone of a certain age is asked what they would say to their younger self - what type of wisdom they'd impart, the advice they'd give, that sort of thing. I never have to worry about that, because Doc Brown gave me a

A promising start

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A promising start

"You seem kind of old and beat up." - One character's assessment of Obi-Wan Kenobi when they first meet.  In advance of the new six-part series Obi-Wan Kenobi, the fine folks at Disney+ recommended we watch or re-watch the following Star Wars titles: The Phantom Menace Attack of the Clones The Clone Wars Movie The

'Top Gun: Maverick'

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'Top Gun: Maverick'

Tom Cruise had his breakthrough moment in 1983's Risky Business and planted his flag as an A-list headliner with Top Gun in 1986, and he's never NOT been a major movie star (with a carefully cultivated image) ever since. Now comes the much-delayed, highly anticipated Top Gun: Maverick, and the

Welcome back 'Downton'

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Welcome back 'Downton'

They really could have called this one Downton Abbey: Same Old Familiar Faces, and I mean that in the best way possible, because it's been such an unexpected treat to have not one but two feature-length continuations of the Crawley Family Saga. For while Julian Fellowes' meticulously appointed, wickedly funny,

'Operation Mincemeat'

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'Operation Mincemeat'

From Operation Crossbow (1965) to Enigma (2002) to The Imitation Game (2014) to Hacksaw Ridge (2016), we've seen so many movies shining the spotlight on real-life heroes, many of them not hugely well-known, from World War II. Time and again, just when we think there can't possibly be a made-for-Hollywood

Summer movie preview

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Summer movie preview

Editor's note: The following is a list of summer movies Richard is looking forward to. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6)  Feels like there's a multiverse of multiverses these days, and I fully expect to get lost in the weeds at some point during this latest chapter from

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