Author Dennis Seuling

For over 25 years, I was the Film and Home Entertainment Reviewer for "The Villadom TIMES," a New Jersey weekly newspaper, and have written for several other publications. I developed and taught a Film Studies program for two New York City high schools that included Film History, Horror/Fantasy, and Film Making.

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Underground: Season Two (Sony Home Entertainment) continues to draw upon America’s historical roots, bringing pioneering hero and infamous conductor of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman (Aisha Hinds), to life along with abolitionist Frederick Douglas (John Legend). The Macon 7 face several challenges in their dangerous escape to freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war. As tensions escalate and risks are taken, their plans may lead to safety or disintegrate.

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Liar’s Dice (Kino Lorber) is a road drama about a young woman’s search for her missing husband along with a surly stranger’s help. In a snowy village near the Tibetan border, Kamala (Geetanjali Thapa) hasn’t heard from her husband in five months since he took a construction job far from home. Since she doesn’t know whether he’s had an accident, run off with another woman, or encountered foul play, she is determined to set out herself to track him down.

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The Lodger (The Criterion Collection), subtitled “A Story of the London Fog,” stars Ivor Novello as Jonathan Drew, a quiet, secretive young man who rents a room in a London boarding house. Drew’s arrival coincides with horrible crimes attributed to a serial killer known as the Avenger, whose victims are young blonde women. The landlady’s attractive daughter Daisy (June Tripp), who is being courted by Joe Chandler (Malcolm Keen) — a …

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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.

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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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Snitch (Lionsgate), we are told at the beginning of the film, is based on true events. John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson) owns a construction company. His college-bound son, Jason (Rafi Gavron), agrees to have a friend ship a large amount of Ecstasy to his house. In no time, the police and federal agents swoop in and arrest him. Because of mandatory sentencing laws, he is looking at a ten-year prison term.

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Ex Machina (Lionsgate) focuses on Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at internet search giant BlueBook, who wins a competition to spend a week at the mountain estate of his company’s brilliant CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). When he arrives, he discovers that he’s been chosen to take part in a study of artificial intelligence. Sworn to secrecy and cut off from the outside world, Caleb meets his subject, a seductive android named Ava (Alicia Vikander), and is plunged into an unconventional A.I. experiment.

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