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SXSW 2017 68 kill alisha
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As demented and blood-soaked a road trip movie as you’re ever to see, 68 Kill transcends its violent and pulpy midnight movie roots by telling a perpetually unpredictable story that shatters expectations and denies genre conventions.

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em>The ‘Mama’s Family’ Favorites Collection (Time Life) features highlights from all six seasons of Mama’s Family, which originally aired from 1983 to 1990, first on NBC and then, after a two-year hiatus, in first-run syndication. Mama’s Family originated on “The Carol Burnett Show,” which lasted 11 seasons on CBS. On the Burnett show, the sketch was called The Family and featured the …

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Allied (Paramount Home Entertainment) a wartime thriller with a large helping of romance, stars Brad Pitt as Max Vatan, a Royal Canadian Air Force wing commander on a top-secret mission in Casablanca. He has agreed to pose as the husband of French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard). Under Marianne’s guidance, they …

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It’s Always Fair Weather (Warner Archive), made in 1955 toward the end of MGM’s Golden Age of Musicals, has an original story and some excellent musical numbers, but has never achieved the status of the studios’ other musicals, such as The Band Wagon and Singin’ in the Rain. Three G.I.’s return from Europe and make a pact to reunite at Tim’s Bar and Grill in ten years. But their reunion is a disaster, as Dog (Dan Dailey) is an unhappy …

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Inferno (Sony Home Entertainment) is the third installment of the franchise based on Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. This time around, Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in a Florence hospital room with a head wound and amnesia. He doesn’t know why he’s in Italy or what caused his injury. When a female assassin shows up at the hospital, Langdon and his doctor, Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), make ….

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Storks (Warner Home Video) is an animated film whose premise is that storks no longer deliver babies. Now they deliver packages for global retail giant cornerstone.com, a thinly disguised version of online retailer Amazon. Junior (voice of Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when the Baby Factory is accidentally activated on his watch, producing a sweet, adorable — and entirely unauthorized — baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle before the boss gets wise, Junior and his …

Reviews lion
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Based on Saroo Brierley’s memoir A Long Way Home, Garth Davis’ (Top of the Lake) feature-film debut, Lion, isn’t, to paraphrase Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities,” but it is a tale – or rather a film – of two distinct, unequal halves, one set several decades in the past on the Indian subcontinent, the other in the near present…

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The Bodyguard: The Musical, based on the 1992 motion picture that starred Whitney Houston, is the current production at Millburn’s Paper Mill Playhouse. The show focuses on Rachel Marron (Deborah Cox), a megastar of the recording industry who has been nominated for an Oscar. But just as her career is peaking, she receives mysterious threats. Frightened for her safety, her manager hires Frank Farmer (Judson Mills), a former Secret Service agent …

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If Whiplash was blunt force cinema straight from Damien Chazelle’s gut, La La Land is a gleeful waltz directly from his heart. He applies the same passion that delivered the former’s soul-rattling, blood-dripping tension, but this time taps into the nerve endings that elicit toe-tapping and heart-soaring. What an extraordinary experience, moving deftly from one tone to the next without ever losing sight of the same underlying thematic preoccupations – internal drive, artistic obsession, seeking one’s identity through a perfection of artistry. Such a filmmaker is referred to as an “auteur,” and Chazelle fits that bill precisely. He makes films that erupt dazzlingly, be it in torment, delight, or a compulsive combination.

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