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In the late 1920s, every studio was looking for their own answer to Paramount’s “It Girl” Clara Bow. No one succeeded — how can anyone compete with Clara Bow? — but First National Pictures came close with their peppy blonde firecracker Alice White. Starting at the end of the silent era, White was cast in a series of films…

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Bogged down with student loans and itching to try something new, the recently graduated Claire (Loretta Young) insists that she and her fiancé Johnny (Frank Albertson) spend some time apart, her in New York looking for a job, Johnny in Europe on a scheduled tour with his up-and-coming band. Johnny is desperate for…

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The Game Changer (Well Go USA) is a Chinese movie set in 1930s Shanghai. Two escaped prisoners join one of the most powerful gangs in Shanghai — the Green Gang — as the right-hand men of head boss Mr. Tang. When Tang tries to gain control over business dealings in the city, he discovers his closest allies are not who they seem and turns against his own men to protect his power.

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Three stories intertwine when distinct characters of the underworld become involved in a lowlife’s criminal act of organ harvesting and human trafficking. Structured in four chapters, with the first three depicting the same time frame, Lowlife feels like an episodic narrative or vignette of short stories. These stories come together for the final act—a gruesome yet captivating end…

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Young R (Nicholas Hoult) has eyes for Julie (Teresa Palmer). But Julie is preoccupied with fighting zombies in a post-apocalyptic world. The catch: R is a zombie. Can this budding romance happen?

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Loving Vincent, an animated film produced entirely of painted frames, is a testament to the vast possibilities of the cinematic arts and at once a complete denial of this potential. A brilliant innovation and a marvel to behold—painting, portraiture, and the fluidity of image strike awe in its viewer, recognizing at once that history has been made.

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Killer Barbys (Kino Lorber) is a blend of horror, comedy, and music from director Jess Franco (Female Vampire, Daughter of Dracula). The Killer Barbys are a flamboyant hard rock band out on the road. On the way to their next gig, they find themselves lost and are forced to take shelter at the estate of Countess Von Fledermaus (Mariangela Giordano). Though the Countess appears to be a pleasant host, the band discovers she has a grisly secret: she feeds on the blood of virile young men to stay young.

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In 1973, 90-million Americans huddled around their cathode ray tubes to watch the “Battle of the Sexes” exhibition tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. At 29, King was considered the best women’s tennis player in the world (Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova’s dual ascendancy was just years away). At 55, Riggs was long past his …

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Writer-director Matthew Vaughan had 414 million reasons – or rather his producing partners did – for making a sequel to 2015’s semi-surprising comic-book adaptation, Kingsman: The Secret Service. With that kind of return on investment (ROI) equal to more than four times the production budget, a sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, was …

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