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Moxie
(Streaming on Netflix) This is Amy Poehler's second time directing a film for Netflix, and she has done an outstanding job with this one. This film feels like a cross between Book Smart and Eighth Grade. It's not as funny and rambunctious as Book Smart, and it isn't as awkward or emotional as Eighth Grade, but it has an abundance of all of those elements. The cast is outstanding. Hadley Robinson gives a powerful and moving performance. Her character is deep and lovable, even when she is pushing everyone away. The rest of...
 
3.8
 
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Tom and Jerry
(Theaters and HBO Max) It's hard to believe that a franchise that is more than 80 years old could still find a way to be relevant and entertaining today, but this one manages to do just that. It goes to show that slapstick is still funny and an acceptable form of comedy. While I would never suggest this is "Animated Movie of the Year" level, I will say this is a fun and entertaining film that the whole family will enjoy. And in a time where good family films have been scarce, this...
 
3.0
 
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The United States Vs. Billie Holiday
(Streaming exclusively on Hulu) If you are unaware of Billie Holiday, I highly encourage you to do some research into her life and legacy. She is nothing short of a national treasure, but she also had to deal with many demons in her life. Many of those demons were forced on her by some of the terrible people that surrounded her, some of the demons were self-inflicted. This film centers around one of her most powerful songs and how the U.S. Government went after her to try to stop her from singing it....
 
3.2
 
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The Father
(Limited theatrical run) If you have ever watched a loved one struggle with dementia, you know how heartbreaking it is to see them lose their grip on reality. It is a brutal disease that takes the greatest among us and whittles them down to the equivalent of an unteachable child. Yet, you can see in their eyes that, somehow, they know there is a forgotten world in which they still live. Portraying dementia on screen to this point has been a very difficult task. Some films have done a decent job...
 
4.8
 
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Crisis
(Limited theatrical run) Opioids are a dangerous thing. They are highly addictive and they are highly coveted. Because of that they have become big business, both legal and illegal. Crisis tells the story of the effect that opioids have on different people in different ways. One is a scientist asked to manipulate his numbers so a new opioid can hit the legal market, one is an undercover cop trying to stop the rampant spread of illegal sales, and one is a grieving mother who had no idea her son was close enough to the drug world to...
 
3.3
 
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I Care a Lot
(Streaming on Netflix) This is one of the stranger movies I've seen in quite some time. In fact, it is so different from your typical story that I watched it twice in two days just to be sure I saw what I thought I saw. And the second time around I confirmed my suspicions. This is a film that you will enjoy immensely and then feel like you need a shower when it is done. This is a rare film in which there is no protagonist. You have nobody to root for. Every...
 
3.8
 
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Flora and Ulysses
(Streaming on Disney+) If you are looking for a cute, fun, and funny movie to watch with the whole family this weekend, look no further than Flora and Ulysses. This is an adorable tale that will keep you smiling and laughing the whole time. Matilda Lawler (Flora) is a delight to watch. She does a great job of moving the story forward in a compelling and entertaining way. She also has great chemistry with the rest of the cast. The other characters are all interesting and unique, even if a couple of them...
 
3.0
 
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Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
(Available on VOD) It feels like there haven't been any decent comedies released in several months. And the reason is because it is true. The last time a film was released that could be considered a comedy was in November of 2020. Maybe that is why this movie feels so refreshing. If we were back to a normal theatrical release schedule, this would be an average comedy at best. It would probably pull in about $40 million and by the end of the year it would be forgotten. Well, these aren't normal times....
 
2.7
 
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Judas and the Black Messiah
This is one of those films that is almost amazing. It comes so close in so many ways to being the kind of film that would win huge awards, but it just misses the mark. I'm sure this film will garner some nominations, but nothing like what it could have done if it had reached its full potential. The best part of the film is the acting. All of the primary cast deliver great performances. They are able to draw you in and make you feel for and understand their character's motivations. The...
 
2.9
 
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The Mauritanian
The prison set up at Guantanamo Bay after the 9/11 attacks became one of the most controversial parts of the decades-long war on terror. Thousands of people were detained there and only a handful of them were ever charged. During the years after 9/11 there were dozens of stories about prisoner abuse there. One of the most damning testimonies came in the form of the bestselling book, The Mauritanian. This film chronicles the events that lead to one of the detainees finally getting a court date and being able to share with the world his experience. ...
 
3.9
 
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Land
Have you ever had that urge to just get away from it all? Go out to the middle of nowhere and start fresh? Well, this is a movie all about that. Too bad she picks one of the world's harshest climates to start over in. Firsts off, congratulations to Robin Wright on her feature film directorial debut. That is a huge accomplishment and should never be overlooked. I just wish the movie had turned out a little bit better than what it is. The story is told in a very choppy way....
 
2.5
 
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Nomadland
If you are not familiar with the works and stylings of Director Chloe Zhao you need to know that she is a filmmaker with a style unique to her. She is infatuated with the "wild west," she tells slice-of-life stories of ordinary people, and her films feel like they are part narrative movie and part documentary. She is a huge name in the independent film world, and rightfully so. Her films are beautiful, emotional, and moving. Just like Taylor Swift writing a breakup song, Nomadland is right in Chloe Zhao's wheelhouse. And...
 
3.4
 
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Malcolm and Marie
Zendaya has come a long way from her time as a Disney star, and she has made the most of her climb to the up. Now, thanks to her performance in this film, she has a legitimate chance at reaching the pinnacle of any acting career by winning an Academy Award. Her performance is incredible throughout the film, but there is one scene in particular where she shows off her acting range in a jaw-dropping manner. I would be surprised if she doesn't get a nomination for all of the big award shows this year. ...
 
3.5
 
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The Little Things
What do you get when you put three Oscar-winning actors in the same film? A really good movie. Like the title says, it is the little things that make this movie stand out. You can see it in the way Rami Malek twitches his mouth to convey an entire range of emotions. You can hear it in the way Denzel Washington purposefully uses five words when three would make the point. And you can feel it when Jared Leto's physical presence makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. While I can't say...
 
4.0
 
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Finding 'Ohana
Raise your hand if you are a fan of The Goonies. If you are like me, you probably just put both hands in the air and shouted, "Goonies never say die!" It's okay to admit it. We are all Goonies here. Now, click on the link above and watch the trailer for this film. If you don't say, "Wow, this is just like The Goonies," at least three times, I will have to question your Goonieness. Yes, this movie looks and feels like it could be a remake of that amazing 80's...
 
3.7
 
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