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After failing to get moviegoers behind Tim Burton’s 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox faced a dilemma: Put the Planet of the Apes series into cold storage for the foreseeable future and try again later or ignore the negative reactions and move forward with another sequel. The decision to reboot (again) proved to be one of the …

NP Approved it comes at night
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It Comes At Night is, without a doubt, the best film of 2017 thus far. Riveting, engrossing, spellbinding – just a few words to describe It Comes At Night. With great performances from the entire cast, namely Joel Edgerton as a quiet, mysterious, “whatever needs to be done to protect my family “type of character. And honestly, that’s…

NP Approved wonder woman
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Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot have stepped into history with a monumental accomplishment in Wonder Woman. Hollywood’s gender disparities and deep rooted sexism have made it all but impossible for a woman filmmaker to pursue her vision, especially if that dream is filmmaking on a massive scale. Specifically, in the…

NP Approved BURNING ANNIE, Gary Lundy, Kim Murphy, 2004. ©Warner Bros
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One of the big stories out of Cannes this last week was the opposing viewpoints between Pedro Almodovar and Will Smith on wether Netflix, or any digital viewing platform for that matter, is ruining the film industry. It’s an interesting argument that deserves discussion, but it’s hard to argue against digital platforms when they’re…

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Yorgos Lanthimos is back in Cannes with his sinister and dark-humored psychological thriller The Killing of a Sacred Deer, a film he co-wrote with his regular collaborator Efthimis Filippou. Together, they have already co-written the critically acclaimed and award-winning films Alps, Dogtooth and The…

NP Approved alien covenant
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Five years ago, as I walked out of Prometheus, my imagination was ablaze with the possible trajectories the sequel would go as David and Elizabeth’s journey to their creators continued. That film, while certainly dreary, had a streak of optimism in discovery that high school Austin expected to continue. I was totally unprepared…

NP Approved Bang Bert Berns Story
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Bert Berns, a major figure in the early 1960s American pop and R&B recording scene, was certainly unsung, but it would be a stretch to call him a hero. A musical childhood lead to a fascination with Latin and Cuban music, which in turn lead him to co-write the classic “Twist and Shout,” sung first by The Top Notes and produced by a…

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