Whenever I hear any variation of the admonishment “This is America — speak English,” I feel a rush of emotions: disgust, horror, shame, pity … but most of all, anger. I am angry that in this so-called civilized society in which we abide, we have not only failed to eliminate both institutiona…

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Whenever I hear any variation of the admonishment “This is America — speak English,” I feel a rush of emotions: disgust, horror, shame, pity … but most of all, anger. I am angry that in this so-called civilized society in which we abide, we have not only failed to eliminate both institutiona…

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A number of new movies will be released this week, including the following films opening in theaters or debuting on streaming platforms:

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From what I remember, my father was a rational, no-nonsense man who rejected unbelievable claims and questioned unsubstantiated speculation. He could spot a sham a mile away and he had no problem walking away from a charlatan. To some degree, his profound skepticism made it difficult for him…

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A number of new movies will be released this week, including the following films opening in theaters or debuting on streaming platforms:

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Villains are always more interesting if the audience can find elements of their character with which they can identify. If you are overcome with emotion every time you hear Roy Batty’s “Tears in the Rain” speech in “Blade Runner,” you understand this phenomenon. Rutger Hauer’s character may …

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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On any given Saturday afternoon in the 1970s, I might be found engaging in a world-building exercise with other neighborhood kids that often involved combining action figures from various franchises in one weird, shared universe. It isn’t difficult to imagine how this phenomenon developed: N…

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Most years, moviegoers would be scrambling to theaters this summer for Hollywood’s latest blockbusters. Lines would form at the box office, popcorn would be spilled on the trek from the concession stand to the stadium-style seats, and audiences would cheer as the hero saves the day.

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There is a pervasive meme on social media — most often shared by Gen Xers — which reads, “When I was a kid, I thought that quicksand was going to be a much bigger problem than it is.” The text overlays production stills from various television programs and movies showing hapless heroes subme…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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There is an iconic scene in “Red Dawn” – the original 1984 film directed by John Milius, not the inferior 2012 remake helmed by Dan Bradley: As a history teacher lectures about Mongol military tactics and organization under Genghis Khan, outside the classroom window dozens of Soviet paratroo…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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The forward-looking science fiction of the 20th century made many promises that remain unfulfilled: flying cars; vast, underwater cities; teleportation devices; Martian colonies; and, of course, personal robot servants with enough artificial intelligence to carry on a conversation. Perhaps i…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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Like most kids born during the peak years of the Space Race, at some point during my childhood I must have entertained thoughts of becoming an astronaut. I missed out on many of the 1960s toy lines that helped promote interest in America’s space program with products such as Mattel’s Major M…

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On the surface, most vampire films are about predator and prey, monster and victim. The history of cinema is cluttered with fiendish bloodsuckers, with the earliest depiction of vampires dating back to the age of silent films. Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel “Dracula” gave rise to the most popular …

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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Fear and horror go hand in hand. While we normally seek to avoid those things that trigger stress and terror in our lives, successful horror films force us to face fears — at least vicariously, through a protagonist. Depending upon the viewer’s background, the essence of fear introduced in a…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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Any successful writer will agree that a compelling story requires conflict. In literature, conflict can be manifested in competing desires or the presence of obstacles that characters must overcome. Conflict works to propel the narrative forward. Without some form of conflict, there is no story.

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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Dear Hollywood studios: How many times are you going to try to replicate the success of William Friedkin’s “The Exorcist” by luring viewers with a promising new spin but ultimately falling back on the same old worn-out tropes? It’s embarrassing, really: In January, it was “The Cleansing Hour…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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One thing that can be said for “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” is that in addition to being better — and infinitely longer — than the theatrical version Warner Bros. released in 2017, the new director’s cut is inspirational: At least, it inspired a marathon of bizarre, incomprehensible post-a…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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The American Sleep Association reports that a study conducted by Stanford University School of Medicine shows about 8.4 million people — or about 3.6% of the population — are prone to sleepwalking. Sleepwalking episodes commonly occur a few hours after falling asleep and typically only last …

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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Before you continue, stop and think: Does the headline above seem familiar? Is it possible you’ve already read this review? Have you experienced this precise moment previously? Are you somehow reliving the same sequence of events? That uncanny sensation of déjà vu could be connected to false…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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As a society, we aren’t exactly comfortable with death. Different communities and different cultures have their own unique traditions and approach the death of a loved one according to custom. Increasingly, Americans have a difficult time coming to terms with the loss of someone close, perha…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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When you are young, forgetting something isn’t a big deal at all. It’s easy to come up with a feasible excuse, especially when you are already juggling too many thoughts at any given moment. Some blame stress or lack of sleep or multitasking. Some can point to their attention-deficit/hyperac…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. British philosopher Alan Watts elaborated, saying “all the do-gooders in the world — whether they’re doing it for themselves or doing it for others — are troublemakers.” Of course, Watts was referring specifically to white Anglo-Saxon …

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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Remember the reality-warping Cameron Crowe film “Vanilla Sky” starring Tom Cruise? Can you believe it’s been 20 years since that movie was released? It was billed as a science fiction psychological thriller – probably because the story drifts aimlessly through half a dozen subgenres before r…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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Call it morbid curiosity or armchair psychological analysis, widespread fascination with serial killers is nothing new. The public’s engagement with the grim subject dates back to at least the Victorian era when interest in Jack the Ripper resulted in increasing sensationalism of the murders…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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Any filmmaker who accepts the challenge of breathing new life into the exorcism subgenre automatically earns some points with horror afficionados. “The Exorcist,” William Friedkin’s 1973 adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s novel of the same name, casts a long shadow. Friedkin’s film proved …

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Exactly how long have we been expecting robots to take over the world? According to Wikipedia, L. Frank Baum introduced his readers to Tik-Tok, the first mechanical man assuming a humanoid appearance, in “Ozma of Oz.” In cinema, among the earliest appearances of a mechanical man came in the …

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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For cinephiles, there is an undeniable mystique surrounding “lost” films. How does a film vanish? How could those involved in making it — the producers, the director, the cast and the crew — allow the culmination of their blood, sweat and tears to fade into obscurity? Yet, it has happened ag…

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