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The Tale Review

Hollywood is reeling from outing sexual predators who have been hiding in plain sight for years, even decades. These revelations have sparked the imperative #MeToo movement, inspiring countless women to share the stories of sexual abuse and harassment that they’ve either repressed or suppressed. Director Jennifer Fox is one of those women, and she tells her brave and heartrending true story in The Tale by using memory and documentary influences as narrative elements that play with the medium in ways that bolster this harrowing recollection. Read More »

Won't You Be My Neighbor Review

At a time when we’re being disappointed by our heroes left and right, it’s nice to take a look back at a TV icon who was nothing more than a pure soul who wanted to do some good in the world.

The documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes an in-depth look at Fred Rogers, the man behind the PBS children’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood who has influenced generations of children by way of his quaint yet insightful loving nature. It’s both an eye-opening portrait and a loving tribute to the cardigan-wearing man who liked us just the way we are.

Keep reading for our full Won’t You Be My Neighbor review. Read More »

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Rian Johnson argues about the Force
  • Porgs take over the Millennium Falcon in a new game
  • The most popular Star Wars baby names
  • An unexpected version of Boba Fett appears in statue form
  • The Last Jedi‘s costume designer on Kylo’s shirtless scene
  • And much more!

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This YA dystopian movie has everything: zombies, explosions, deadly missiles, and Giancarlo Esposito in a fabulous coat. Aiden Gillen’s also rocking a sweet turtleneck, but the fashion choices of the prestigious character actors is besides the point: the Maze Runner trilogy is officially reaching the end of the labyrinth.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure is closing out the YA dystopia series — admittedly, one of the better ones we’ve seen in the past decade — with a bombastic third and final act. That means the Gladers, led by Dylan O’Brien‘s Thomas, will be going back into the deadliest maze they’ve faced yet. Because as everyone knows, the only way to move forward is to go back.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • What possible downside could there be to a $1,000 bonus for Universal employees?
  • Find out more about the new projection-mapping experience coming to Florida’s Harry Potter castle.
  • Are monorails running through Future World at Epcot about to become a thing of the past?
  • Get the lowdown on what the dining situation in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge could be.
  • Are you ready to kick it with Kung Fu Panda at Universal Studios Hollywood?
  • And more!

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The Kindergarten Teacher Review

At one point in the beguiling remake of the 2014 Israeli of the same name, a character in The Kindergarten Teacher evokes the name of Mozart as being a prime example of a child prodigy who was nurtured and otherwise taken care of by those who appreciated his unprecedented talent to the point where the young composer only had to focus on creating. When teacher Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal, who appears in every frame of this film) discovers a possible poetry genius in her class of five year olds, she dares to consider what life would be like for young Jimmy Roy (newcomer Parker Sevak) if all he had to concern himself with was being creative. Read More »

Gerard Butler interview

Gerard Butler is more often than not the biggest guy in the room. Or at least in his movies. Whether he’s going after the justice system, protecting the president, or delivering Shakespeare, he’s going bigger than everyone else…and he’s usually ripped. In Den of Thieves, playing a bull of an LAPD cop, Big Nick, he looks like a mammoth compared to some of those past roles.

The character’s size isn’t the only reason Butler disappears as Big Nick – it’s also his attitude. Christian Gudegat‘s directorial debut has one of Butler’s meatiest roles to date: a deeply flawed, isolated and dedicated cop. We spoke with the actor about how he wanted to play Big Nick, the transformation he made with the role, and some of his favorite actors.

Below, read our Gerard Butler interview.

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Won't You Be My Neighbor Clip

One of the standout documentaries premiering at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival is undoubtedly Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The film from 20 Feet from Stardom director Morgan Neville looks back at the lasting legacy of the children’s television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood by painting an intimate portrait of the man who hosted the show: Fred Rogers.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? goes beyond the zip-up cardigans and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe to talk with Fred Rogers’ family, friends and colleagues about the man himself and what led him to become such an influential part of so many children’s lives. A new clip from the documentary gives us a small taste of the kind of revelations we can expect from this documentary. Read More »

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we get a different kind of super power film, get back with the Fab 5, get in the ring with a real underdog, fall in love with the help, and kill some kangaroos. Read More »

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The French may gladly die for love, but hopefully they’re not as dead set with their linguistics choices.

The Fantastic Beasts franchise is proving itself to be quite the globetrotting series, taking place first in New York City before jetting off to Paris for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. And with Paris come French witches and wizards, who have their own lingo for non-magical people. Fantastic Beasts director David Yates has revealed what that French word for “muggle” is, and to be frank, it’s a bit disappointing.

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