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“It stays, it sticks, it lingers, it dominates …”

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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.

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Content warning: gun violence.

They say not to yell “fire” in a crowded movie theater. Why?

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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. 

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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.

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In Russian, “Sputnik” means “fellow traveler.” The Soviets used the term for their early Cold War satellites, perhaps to give the ships a sense of community, or offer a friendly invitation to extraterrestrial life (if they happened to speak Russian).

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Take yourself back to the summer of 2007. Tiger Woods was at the height of his career. The first iPhone had a triumphant release. I went to a week of summer camp and returned with a couple hundred mosquito bites.

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In a parallel world, moviegoers, blissfully unaware of the COVIDs and the Faucis and the curves — flattened or otherwise —  are settling down in front of the silver screen at their favorite theater for a rare Hungarian treat.

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Tayarisha Poe’s debut feature film “Selah and the Spades” is an ancient, familiar story. It’s about legacy and vice. It’s about power — how you get it, how you keep it, how you lose it.