The Karate Kid is one of the most beloved sports movies of all time, and like many properties from the 1980s, it made a modern comeback in the form of a new television series. Cobra Kai follows the exploits of a grown-up Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), who still have some bitterness between each other after their famed karate tournament match-up in the 1984 film. But for those of you who may not be as familiar with the drama and tension of this rivalry, ESPN has given the 1984 All-Valley Karate Championships a 30 for 30 documentary short. Read More »

Hail Satan Trailer

Future opposition researchers will have a field day with anyone who writes about Penny Lane’s documentary Hail Satan?. So I might as well lean into it and say –  here goes nothing – I was shocked to learn how much I agreed with the Satanic Temple. Not as a religion, to clarify, but as a political movement. Like probably far too many people, I reflexively scoffed and laughed off the antics of the Satanic Temple when seeing their name mentioned in a headline. But as an organization devoted to holding America’s feet to the fire on honoring the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, which maintains that the government is not to enact policies or laws that show favoritism towards a single religion, the group makes many a savvy maneuver.

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apollo 11 trailer

During the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, I sat down with Apollo 11 director Todd Douglas Miller and space historian Robert Pearlman.

This is a film that I fell in love with from the moment that I saw it during the world premiere at the Ray during Sundance.  While I regret that I was unable to see the film on an IMAX screen, Apollo 11 is one of those films that you must experience on the biggest screen you can find. It’s not often that a documentary crosses over into the editing category during awards ceremonies, Apollo 11 is one of those films that I hope people strongly consider for Best Editing.

Here’s my interview with Miller and Pearlman, where we dig into how this massive undertaking came together.

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Best Movies Streaming Right Now Destroyer

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

It’s that time again! Time for more great movies you can stream right now. In this edition of Now Stream This, you’ll find a Nicole Kidman cop drama, Kristen Stewart deconstructing the story of Lizzie Borden, a quiet horror film, Nicolas Cage going full Cage, some disturbing body horror, a hilarious documentary, and more! These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming!

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Scary Stories Documentary Trailer

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, the collection of horror stories by Alvin Schwartz, is one of the most terrifying and controversial children’s book to haunt library shelves. If you need any evidence of that, just look back at the myriad of stories about school libraries trying to ban the books. That’s largely thanks to the inky illustrations by Stephen Gammell, which will be brought to life in the upcoming big screen adaptation produced by Guillermo del Toro (watch the trailer here).

Alongside the upcoming film, the documentary Scary Stories will take a look back at the history and legacy of the book series that has haunted the dreams of children for decades. Watch the Scary Stories documentary trailer below to get a glimpse. Read More »

Disney+ documentary series

Disney has unveiled a slate of original documentary series titles for Disney+, their upcoming streaming service, and the lineup looks promising. Disney has teamed with Supper Club members David Gelb, Brian McGinn and Jason Sterman, producers of Netflix’s Chef’s Table, who will produce two of the 10 shows. Other shows will focus on travel, lifestyle, movies, and of course, some Marvel stuff. See the full Disney+ documentary series lineup below.

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homecoming a film by beyonce trailer

If you couldn’t afford one of those pricey tickets to Coachella to see Beyoncé make history, fear not: the Queen is coming home. In less than two weeks, you can get a front-row experience to Beyoncé’s ode to black excellence with Netflix’s concert documentary Homecoming: A Film By Beyonce, which follows the artist from preparation to performance of a historic show that paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities. Watch the trailer below.

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Our Planet Review

As Netflix continues to grow to a behemoth-like size, the presumption is that they have everything that regular TV and theatrical films can offer to audiences, if not more. They’ve got big-budget fare from A-list filmmakers, Oscar-winning foreign films, award-winning sitcoms, crime dramas, HBO-style mature thrillers, children’s programming, talk shows, and more. Over the span of just a few years, Netflix has engulfed much of scripted and unscripted programming and films, investing billions in making new content that can easily get forgotten simply because there’s so much of it.

Keeping all that in mind, one of their latest releases, Our Planet, is essentially the first of its kind at the streaming service.

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Inside the Actors Studio Reboot Hosts

Last fall, we got word that James Lipton would be leaving Inside the Actors Studio, the series featuring intimate interviews with actors, filmmakers and musicians about their craft, origins in entertainment, and much more. The longtime host and dean emeritus at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University in New York City was said to be replaced with a rotating chair of guest hosts filling in, and now the first two hosts and guests for the Inside the Actors Studio reboot have been revealed. Read More »

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Occasionally, some trailers slip through the cracks. That’s where a trailer roundup comes in handy. Below, watch as Taylor Schilling tries to bond with a juggalo, Molly Shannon plays Emily Dickinson, Dolph Lundgren fights zombies, and more films that may not have huge blockbuster heat, but are still worth checking out.

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