Film

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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.

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A driver’s ed. instructor, a hair stylist, a magpie and a rock star meet in a haunted mansion during a Satanic ritual. This sounds like a bad joke, right? Wrong. It’s “Extra Ordinary.”

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So many of our childhoods are made up of Disney movies. How could you forget the first time you watched Aladdin and Jasmine soaring on a magic carpet, Ariel passionately singing “Part of Your World” or even Tarzan seeing Jane for the first time?

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Netflix has long been an excellent source of cheesy rom-coms, those delightful 90-minute movies that you can watch all the way through while half paying attention to something else and still feel the satisfaction of a feel-good ending and a dramatic kiss.

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The world of professional dance is ruthless — the beauty we see as an audience is often the result of years of both psychological and physical damage. To become a principal dancer in any kind of dance company requires a certain amount of discipline that the average person doesn’t have.

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Movies are projections. Yes, literally, in the sense of filmstock and screens and projectors and bulbs. But movies can also be projections of ourselves — a momentary snapshot of the internal, the introspective, the metaphysical.