John Lewis: Good Trouble Profiles Congressman

John Lewis: Good Trouble profiles the life and career of the longtime congressman and civil rights activist from Georgia. Lewis is no stranger to when it comes to being an activist for civil rights.  What we’ve been seeing on the streets over the past month is no different than what took place in the 1960s.  Lewis worked alongside the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He was there on the bridge on Bloody Sunday and…

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Athlete A: A Tough But Essential Watch

Athlete A, recently released on Netflix, is a tough but essential watch that follows reporters from The Indianapolis Star investigating the abuse scandal. I know what you’re thinking.  What sets this film apart from last year’s At the Heart of Gold?  Both films follow a similar subject: the USA Gymnastics (USAG) abuse scandal.  This film in particular looks at it from the reporters’ point of view.  Only two athletes are interviewed to any extend and…

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The Outpost Is An Intense Film

The Outpost is a very intense film and certainly would have benefited from a traditional theatrical release rather than home viewing. The military thriller from director Rod Lurie is based on Jake Tapper’s book of the same name.  The film focuses in on a small group of American soldiers based at the Combat Outpost Keating.  The remote outpost happens to be located at the bottom of an Afghanistan valley surrounded by mountains.  It’s here where…

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Hamilton: Award-Winning Musical Hits Disney+

The award-winning stage musical, Hamilton, about the Founding Father hits Disney+ on Friday just in time for the Independence Day holiday weekend. “I am not throwing away my shot!”  “No one else was in the room where it happened.”  “Talk less, smile more.” Unless you’ve been living in cave during the past several years, you’re probably familiar with Lin-Manuel Miranda.  If In the Heights didn’t make him a household name, Hamilton certainly did.  This is…

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Apollo 13 Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Apollo 13, the Oscar-winning* film about the NASA rescue mission, is just as inspiring of a film as it marks the 25th anniversary. This flight was supposed to be nothing more than a routine flight.  America had just set foot on the moon in both July and November 1969.  Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon), and Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) were supposed to be the third group of Americans to land on the…

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The Country Bears Still Rock in 2020

The Country Bears is an underappreciated Disney film but this old-school film still rocks it nearly eighteen years after its theatrical release. Much like The Blues Brothers, this is a film that requires a fundraiser.  In this particular instance, the fundraiser is a concert to save Country Bear Hall.  Taking a cue from the 1980 musical comedy, the band isn’t together and needs to be reunited.  This is where Beary Barrington (Haley Joel Osment) comes…

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My Spy: Action Comedy Is Mediocre At Best

My Spy, the action comedy starring Dave Bautista, is set to launch on Amazon Prime Video after bypassing theaters because of the pandemic. After a few releases delays, the film is finally getting released.  If you’re looking forward to catching this on the big screen, I’m sorry to say that this won’t be happening.  Maybe it’s for the best because the spy comedy is a mediocre installment to the genre.  I was fortunate enough to…

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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga completely wastes its talent in one of the worst films of the year heading into the midway point. This film was never going to be on Will Ferrell’s greatest hits.  It certainly will not be featured on the list of Rachel McAdams’ greatest roles.  The two reunite with their Wedding Crashers director but are unable to replicate on that film’s success. It’s not a good sign when…

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Irresistible: Jon Stewart Is No Stranger to Satire

Irresistible takes everything we love and hate about politics at the national level while moving the focus down to the local level. In this well-meaning comedy, writer/director Jon Stewart, former host of The Daily Show, reteams with former correspondent Steve Carell.  Stewart is no stranger to politics so it comes as no surprise that he’s made a satire on the subject.  This is the type of film that hits it on the money and this…

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Ninotchka: Greta Garbo’s Penultimate Film

Ninotchka, directed by Ernst Lubitsch, stars Greta Garbo in her first screen comedy in the era of sound but it would be her second-to-last film. The film is notable for a few reasons.  For one, it teams Lubitsch with Garbo.  Two, it’s the second of two Lubitsch films that featured the writing team of Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder. All in all, the film would go on to earn four Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best…

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