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Infinity Pool movie review & film summary (2023)

In a set-up that’s like “The White Lotus” meets body horror, “Infinity Pool” opens at an exclusive resort in a fictional country. Author James Foster (Alexander Skarsgard) is looking for inspiration while his partner Em (Cleopatra Coleman) tries to support the writer’s block that has led to no new books in six years. When a […]

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Sundance 2023: Sometimes I Think About Dying, The Pod Generation, birth/rebirth | Festivals & Awards

Notably, Barthes doesn’t lean strongly on gender roles or the predictable route of the botanist being against the project from start to finish. In fact, she subverts them by having Aly become more involved with caring for the womb, even taking it to the park and refusing to give it back to the very creepy […]

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New Gods: Yang Jian movie review (2023)

“New Gods: Yang Jian” is the second movie in an expensive-looking series that began in 2021 with the uneven but relatively straightforward “New Gods: Nezha Reborn.” These two “New Gods” movies are not narratively related in any way you need to worry about if you’re only curious to see what a polished Chinese mythological fantasy […]

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FOX’s Accused Is An Emotionally Manipulative Void | TV/Streaming

That should be a recipe for success. But, it turns out that 44 minutes is too few to deliver the kind of nuance “Accused” is after. And without the time to ask complex questions, the episodes are emotionally manipulative–dropping the viewer into terrible situations with no real payoff. Take the first episode: The liner note says […]

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House Party movie review & film summary (2023)

Dubbed a remix of the original 1990 movie, music video director Calmatic refashions “House Party” for a world of McMansions and Instagram influencers. In this new vision, best friends Damon (Tosin Cole) and Kevin (Jacob Latimore) find themselves recently fired from their cleaning job and in a financial pinch after getting kicked off the bill […]

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The Seven Faces of Jane movie review (2023)

Best in show is a tie between Bomo Illuma’s segment, in which Jane meets an ex-lover named Tayo (Chido Nwokocha) on a beach where, ten years earlier, it became painfully apparent that racial and cultural differences (she’s white, he’s Black) were fated to prevent them from going the distance; and Jeong’s segment, which reunites Jacobs with “Community” castmate Joel McHale […]

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Jethica movie review & film summary (2023)

“Jethica”’s ghosts are lonelier than its living humans overall, mostly because they’re only able to touch each other. (Their hands pass through the living, like in “Ghost.”) Other than that, there’s not much difference between the living and the dead in this film. Both are hanging around, purposeless, haunted by the past, and paralyzed by […]

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Calling All Youth Music Mixologists from Chicago: Enter the Lyric’s Opera Remix Competition | Chaz’s Journal

The Opera Remix contest encourages young artists to chop, mix, loop, or warp original recordings as they please — whatever it takes to remix their work to its operatic heights. The winner will receive a cash prize of $250 and four complimentary tickets to the world premiere of “The Factotum” at the Harris Theater in February. Participants […]

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The Final Season of Servant Untangles Its Messy Family Tree | TV/Streaming

But there’s also the corrosive nature of their severely messed-up family dynamic, one that Shyamalan, show creator Tony Basgallop, and the rest of the cast and crew seem teed up to conclude in this fourth and final season. Just like each one before it, this season of “Servant” delights in upending the status quo of […]

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Shin Ultraman movie review & film summary (2023)

“Shin Ultraman” doesn’t stray far from the well-entrenched conventions of Japanese monster movies. Scientists, military officials, and other stuffed shirts gawk at computer screens and provide breathless expository commentary. There’s also a remarkable level of storytelling craft and narrative construction on display even in the human-focused scenes, which are presented in a flurry of fast-cut […]

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