Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 11:05am
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In need of a laugh and looking for a Tarantino knockoff with a B-list cast? Look no further than “The Babysitter: Killer Queen,” released last Thursday on Netflix. This film is a sequel to Netflix’s 2017 film “The Babysitter.” At the time of writing this, “Killer Queen” is #3 in the US on Netflix, but it peaked at #1. 

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 10:53am
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Last spring, the Daily Film beat was inspired by the doldrums of quarantine and the introduction of Disney+ to watch and review a number of Disney Channel Original Movies — DCOMs for short. There are many ways to look at DCOMs — as relics of the 2000s, as problematic attempts at representation, as textbook examples of the power of nostalgia — but there is no denying that they are somewhat trivial in the grand scheme of things.

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 10:42am
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This review has taken longer to write than I, or my editors, expected. In the last few days my time has been spent digesting the insidious darkness that characterizes “Feels Good Man.” This documentary follows the tale of Pepe the Frog and the character-turned-meme’s journey to become a symbol of hate. But it is also a tale of depravity fueled by anonymity, of how social media is both a reflection and a perversion of real social life, and a chapter in the grand history of white nationalism in America.

Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 6:03pm
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When I tell people around here that I’m from Seattle, we often end up talking about one of the following: Microsoft or Amazon (or people they know that work there), rain or “Grey’s Anatomy.” No one seems to know anything about Seattle beyond the basics. And over time, as I’ve watched films that are set in Seattle, it feels the same — like no one really knows what they’re talking about. It never feels quite right, no matter how many Seattle sports references or aerial shots of the skyline they include.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 2:04pm
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I wrote this review before news came out that “Mulan” was filmed in China’s Xinjiang province, where one million people, primarily Muslims, are being detained. Knowing what I know now, I cannot in good conscience support the film the way I did after first seeing it. As an art form, the film is beautiful, as I say in the following review, but the truth behind the film colors my view of it irrevocably. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 2:44pm
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If there were ever a perfect movie to describe the trajectory of 2020, it would be “Chemical Hearts.” Much like this year, every time you think that this movie can’t get any worse, it does. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 2:30pm
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In her most recent documentary, Academy-Award winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple (“Harlan County, USA”) takes an apolitical yet not impartial look at the human challenges of combat. “Desert One” is the story of a failed rescue mission, told by the men who, in the words of their British colleagues, “had the guts to try.” 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 8:05pm
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The White House briefing room seethes with reporters. Many are confused, enraged and even terrified. All, though, are dead focused on the press secretary.

“I think we are very much still in a discovery period regarding who They are and what They want,” she says. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 7:33pm
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The television show “Psych” has always been a part of my life. I remember coming home one day from school when I was six, and my mom was watching an episode. Even though I was much younger than the target audience, I remember finding the show so funny. The show primarily follows Shawn Spencer (James Roday Rodriguez, “A Million Little Things”) and Burton “Gus” Guster (Dulé Hill, “Holes”) as they aid the police in solving various crimes, with Shawn pretending he’s a psychic to help solve the mysteries.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 7:33pm
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Ever since my sister came home for her freshman year Winter Break with a song called “Satisfied,” “Hamilton” has been a part of my life. I met one of my closest friends because of it, I passed AP US History because of it and (sort of) passed AP Government because of it. I even got a chance to see the Chicago cast a few summers ago because of how much I loved it. As much as I loved that show, I knew it was nowhere near as incredible as the original cast’s show was.