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‘Troop Zero’ Makes the Most of Its Merry Misfits
1 week ago

‘Troop Zero’ Makes the Most of Its Merry Misfits

Misfits make for great kiddie fare.

Take a child, any child, who doesn’t “belong” and suddenly you’ve got a character to care about.

The family-friendly “Troop Zero” follows a gaggle …
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Did Seinfeld, Chappelle and Gervais Cancel Cancel Culture?
1 week ago

Did Seinfeld, Chappelle and Gervais Cancel Cancel Culture?

Truth tellers are a dying breed in our Fake News age.

We’ve seen that up close in the news media. Reporters warp reality until even left-wing fact checkers are blowing …
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‘Bad Boys for Life’ – Pro Family, Faith and Just Plain Fun
1 week ago

‘Bad Boys for Life’ – Pro Family, Faith and Just Plain Fun

Sequels rarely, if ever, lap the originals.

Worst case scenarios include “Zoolander 2,” “Caddyshack II” and, gasp, “Jaws 3D.”  Even well-intentioned sequels (“Godfather III”) come up embarrassingly short.

So it’s …
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Anatomy of a Cancel Culture Smear: Vince Vaughn Edition
1 week ago

Anatomy of a Cancel Culture Smear: Vince Vaughn Edition

A British newspaper offered a timely lesson this week … by accident.

The liberal Guardian covered VaughnGate, arguably the most important news story of the last 48 hours. Actor Vince …
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Media: Oscars Too Male, Too White … and Too Apolitical
2 weeks ago

Media: Oscars Too Male, Too White … and Too Apolitical

Terry Gilliam teased an interviewer recently, and her fellow scribes quickly rallied against the Monty Python legend.

Gilliam suggested he identified as a black lesbian, and that white males shouldn’t …
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Colorado Critics Name ‘1917’ Year’s Best Film
2 weeks ago

Colorado Critics Name ‘1917’ Year’s Best Film

“Joker” had the last laugh this week, snaring the highest number of Oscar nominations in a very crowded field.

The team behind “1917” earned just one less Monday, but the …
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Why ‘Buck Run’ Will Frustrate Even Indie Film Fans
2 weeks ago

Why ‘Buck Run’ Will Frustrate Even Indie Film Fans

The best indie films don’t treat audiences like children.

Major plot points aren’t spelled out in crayon or Voice of God-style narration. The audience is trusted to tease out the …
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Deadline: Audiences Reject ‘Boss’-like Female Empowerment
2 weeks ago

Deadline: Audiences Reject ‘Boss’-like Female Empowerment

Women have more power in Hollywood today than ever before.

That’s a mixed report card, though. 

The industry’s gender imbalance is well documented, and progress is coming in fits and …
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‘1917’ – A Bracing War Drama Marred by Contrivance
2 weeks ago

‘1917’ – A Bracing War Drama Marred by Contrivance

There’s too much blood, sweat and cinematic tears spilled in “1917” to be crushed by a gimmick.

It still comes too close for comfort.

Director Sam Mendes’ film, a brilliantly …
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‘Underwater’ Is a Fifth (Maybe Sixth) Rate ‘Alien’ Ripoff
2 weeks ago

‘Underwater’ Is a Fifth (Maybe Sixth) Rate ‘Alien’ Ripoff

In “Underwater,” no one can hear you muttering, “what the bleep is going on?”

This “Alien” clone features indecipherable jump scares, dialogue and kills. What did she say? Where is he …
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