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Netflix’s ‘Something Great’ is something just okay: Review

Not every Netflix movie can be great, even if you invoke greatness in the title. Someone Great, which feels like a rom-com but technically isn't, has a crackling cast and snappy dialogue, but it lacks the x-factor of the sparkling original films among which it tries to stand. Someone Great tells the story of Jenny…

Noah Centineo plays an insufferable jerk in ‘The Perfect Date’: Review

The following is a spoiler-free review of Netflix's The Perfect Date. Of all the boys I've loved before, Brooks Rattigan isn't one of them. At first, Netflix's The Perfect Date seems like a delightful companion to the rom-com hit To All The Boys I've Loved Before. Noah Centineo — aka internet boyfriend and TATBILB heartthrob…

‘The Silence’ pushes existing horror films to their brink: Review

Warning: The following review for Netflix's The Silence contains some very light spoilers. In storytelling, originality means a lot. In scary storytelling, it means even more.  Whether it's creating a never-before-seen monster like The Babadook or making the commonplace seem menacing à la Jaws, terrifying in unexpected ways is a critical component of effective horror.…

The tranquility of monotony in ‘The Stillness of the Wind:’ Review

When we talk of nostalgia in games, it's usually about the love for retro art styles, chiptunes, genres, or consoles. But another, more valuable relationship to nostalgia is embedded into the medium. And it's in how games can uniquely explore the experience of lost childhood — of longing for that time when home was somewhere…

Netflix’s ‘Our Planet’ makes you feel small, but powerful: Review

Small, but mighty. Change begins one-by-one.Image: courtesy of netflixBy Alison Foreman2019-04-05 12:00:00 UTC To the extent one can believe nature documentaries have spoilers, the following review is spoiler-free. From flocks of birds to colonies of ants, big group shots are a staple in most nature documentaries.  Meticulously filmed and explained, these scenes often depict some…

‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ makes a good witch go bad:...

Stuff gets real wicked in Season 2 of 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina."Image: Jeff Weddell/NetflixBy Alexis Nedd2019-04-04 10:00:00 UTC When a show promises witch...

‘What We Do In The Shadows’ is even better as a...

The following review is spoiler-free! Proceed with reckless abandon. Grab your pitchforks and torches: What We Do In The Shadows just might be better as a series. It's blasphemy, I know. Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's 2014 film is the gold standard for vampire comedy and a standout in any spooky streaming collection worth its…

‘Dumbo’ is too gosh darn cute, and that’s (somehow) a complaint:...

Sorry, Dumbo.Image: Disney Enterprises, Inc.By Angie Han2019-03-26 16:10:35 UTC Dumbo's problem isn't really that the animal is too cute. But that's part of it. For starters, it undermines the initial premise of the movie, which is that Dumbo would be ostracized by humans as a hideous freak instead of worshipped as the most adorable creature…

‘The Act’ offers up true crime at its most exploitative: Review

Warning: Spoilers for The Act lie ahead. I'm a fan of true crime the same way some people are fans of Halo Top.  After a long day, I'll crack open nearly any true crime account and eat up the terrifying, true-to-life details with a metaphoric spoon. Whether it's a movie, series, or podcast, I live…

‘The Boy Band Con’ struggles to hide hatred for Lou Pearlman:...

The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story isn't so much a Ponzi scheme documentary as it is a bitter obituary for a now-deceased conman, written by the people who hated him most. Viewers unfamiliar with the criminal enterprises of fraudster Lou Pearlman, the blimp salesman turned entertainment tycoon behind music acts like the Backstreet…

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