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Film Festival City of Ghosts (dir. Matthew Heineman, 2017)
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Seattle’s 43rd International Film Festival saw an incredibly diverse selection of films, giving attendees more options from more countries than ever before – but in themes, the selection was just as diverse. One pattern I saw, in particular, was films about inescapable powers. As for what powers those might be, well, it varied from film to film, but three in particular stood out to me. One was about the…

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Everybody Loves Somebody (Lionsgate) is a bilingual romantic comedy set in Los Angeles. Carla (Karla Souza) is a successful doctor, but not so successful in her love life. Her dissatisfaction comes to the surface when her parents, who live in Baja, decide to get married after 40 years of living together without an official marriage certificate. Clara has a self-destructive bent, often trying to undermine the relationships of others in her life, including her own parents. She favors one-night stands but seems to have a dread fear of commitment.

NP Approved it comes at night
9.4
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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…

Reviews rough night
6.0
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Don’t expect anything remotely subversive with Rough Night, a mash-up of Weekend at Bernie’s, Very Bad Things, The Hangover, and Bridesmaids. Instead, expect an edge-free, surface-deep, faux-raunchfest that too often misses the mark humor and drama wise. Directed and co-written by Lucia Aniello (Time Traveling Bong, Broad City), making her…

Reviews cars 3
6.5
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It’s been six, not-so-long years since Pixar’s second-to-last major misstep (The Last Dinosaur gets the most recent nod), Cars 2, arrived in multiplexes to thrill and entertain moviegoers, albeit with an ulterior intention foremost in Pixar’s collective minds: Sell more Cars-related merchandise. Between Cars in 2006 and Cars 2…

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Three Sisters (Kino Classics) is a 1974 adaptation of the Anton Chekhov play directed by Laurence Olivier. The upper class Prozoroiv sisters of the title — Masha (Joan Plowright), Olga (Jeanne Watts), and Irina (Louise Purnell) — live in a provincial purgatory nearly a thousand miles away from their beloved Moscow. Intoxicated by yesterday’s triumphs and blind to imminent disasters, the three sisters are left to sift through their shattered dreams on the eve of the social and political upheaval that will transform Russia forever.

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Americano (Lionsgate) is an animated film about Mexican parrot Cuco (voice of Rico Rodriguez, Modern Family), who gets bored with his family’s bird circus and tries to spice up the act. But when Cuco’s acrobat father, Gayo (Edward James Olmos), gets hurt, rival bully bird Martin (Cheech Marin) swoops in to take over the show. So, Cuco heads for Hollywood, hoping to learn daring action stunts from TV star El Americano. Also starring the vocal talents of Kate Del Castillo, Paul Rodriguez, and Lisa Kudrow, this family adventure shows the importance of courage.

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8.0
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The Mummy is a weird kind of middlebrow disaster – not such a painful one that it isn’t still sort of fun to watch, but not so much fun that it would register as a camp classic. It just sort of sits there, demonstrably bad and totally clueless about how to tell its story and build its world, but breezy enough that we watch it with half-smirk and half-quizzical frown.

Reviews it comes at night
8.0
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“Hell is other people,” Jean-Paul Sartre once said. Little did he know, but Sartre’s phrase applies to the horror genre too. In horror, the monsters are often supernatural or otherworldly, but the real monsters don’t wear hockey masks or carry machetes, they look like us, sound like us, and often feel like us, except they’re willing to take a life, out of …

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