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Back in the Day (Virgil Films), set in the late 1980s and the present day, is the story about Anthony Rodriguez (portrayed by the film’s writer, William DeMeo), a half-Italian, half-Puerto Rican teenager growing up on the streets of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, then an area with an ample share of racists, bullies, and “social clubs,” where …

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Eye In the Sky (Universal Home Entertainment) explores the military, legal, political, and moral factors that must be considered in drone warfare, a type of engagement carried out from bunkers and conference rooms through inter-communication, video screens, and cleverly disguised spy cameras.

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“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” (Paramount) is based on the memoir “The Taliban Shuffle” by journalist Kim Barker about her experiences covering war in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the 2000s. Tiny Fey stars as Kim, last name slightly altered to Baker and job altered from print to TV reporter. Kim leaves her …

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It ends with a girl, a shark, and a buoy, but it begins with a girl, a surfboard, and a Jeep on a deserted, isolated road that leads to an almost deserted isolated beach, a beach without a name with a not-so-hidden connection to Nancy Adams (Blake Lively), a twenty-something medical student in personal …

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In his mid-forties, Danish filmmaker Nicholas Winding Refn (Valhalla Rising, Bronson, The Pusher trilogy) long ago shed the “enfant terrible” reputation – though not the mini-Lars Von Trier slam – but film after film (after film…) he continues to incite, provoke, and antagonize arthouse moviegoers.

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It’s incredibly fun watching the young, aspiring rapper Morris (supremely talented newcomer Markees Christmas) come both of age and into himself, but observing his arc next to that of his father (Craig Robinson, in his deepest role yet) warms hearts faster than Chad Hartigan’s stylish direction attracts …

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The 1960s are known for their cultural and political upheaval. By 1966, Civil Rights, Desegregation and Voting Rights had all been passed, LBJ was halfway through his elected term as President (after serving a little more than one to complete JFK’s term), the war in Vietnam was kicking into high gear, the Beatles had released…

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Fantastic Planet (The Criterion Collection) is a science-fiction animated feature set on a distant planet called Ygam where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue natives (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags’ oppression and violence.

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I’ll Take Sweden (Olive Films) stars Bob Hope as oil executive Bob Holcomb, a widower and single dad. He accepts a transfer to Sweden hoping to keep his daughter, JoJo (Tuesday Weld, Pretty Poison), far away from carefree, guitar-playing boyfriend Kenny Klinger (Frankie Avalon, Beach Blanket Bingo). But Bob doesn’t realize that Sweden is a lot more liberal as far as romance goes.

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