Thunder Force: Good Takes On Evil in Chicago

Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer star as a pair of mismatched superheroes in Thunder Force, the newest Netflix original. A comic book panel style montage sets the scene for what’s happening in the film. In March 1983, a massive explosion of interstellar cosmic-rays hit Earth. This led to select humans undergoing a genetic transformation. Unfortunately, the powers were only unlocked in those people predisposed to be a sociopath. Because mutants and meta-humans were already taken…

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Netflix: Coming and Leaving in April

Netflix announced the list of movies, television series, and specials that are coming and leaving the streaming service in April. Before we dive into what’s coming and going, Netflix is offering up a new service: Fast Laughs. It offers a full-screen feed of funny clips from their big comedy catalog, including films (Murder Mystery), series (Big Mouth), sitcoms (The Crew) and stand-up from comedians like Kevin Hart and Ali Wong. Members can access the feed…

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Operation Varsity Blues Has A Docu-Drama Approach

Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal takes a docu-drama approach in reliving this you-can’t-believe-it scandal. The approach to this film is no different than last year’s Sundance-premiering The Social Dilemma. It’s an intriguing approach but it works considering who isn’t talking on camera. A lot of this has to do with the fact that there are cases still pending. Or they simply chose to decline. You can’t blame them for that. It still makes…

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Yes Day: Say Yes To This Family Comedy!

The briskly paced Yes Day comes a year into the pandemic but it’s a nice a reminder of the fun that families will be having in due time. Maybe it’s because I haven’t been out of my apartment much for the past few months but I really needed this film. Here’s how much attention this film had: I did not look at my clock once! Nor did my cell phone bother to capture my attention…

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Moxie: A Feminist Revolution

It’s very easy to look at Moxie and think it’s a Mean Girls copycat but when you step back, this is very much a #MeToo film. This is a film that deals with the arrival of a new student but not in the same way as the Tina Fey-directed film.  But at the same time, new student Lucy (Alycia Pascual-Peña) isn’t the main star of the film.  Vivian (Hadley Robinson) takes an ode to her…

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Netflix: Coming and Leaving in March

Netflix announced the list of movies, television series, and specials that are coming and leaving the streaming service in March. Before I get into what is arriving and leaving so that you can plan your March schedule accordingly, the streamer launched a new feature: Downloads For You. This new feature automatically downloads recommended shows or movies to your mobile device based on your tastes. Whether you’re a comedy fan stuck on a long car ride or…

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Malcolm and Marie: A Bona Fide Awards Contender

Malcolm and Marie isn’t just a comment on filmmaking but it’s a film that takes the best advantage of creativity during a pandemic. I’ve seen a few films so far that have been shot during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Or they were finished after the pandemic.  In any event, this film takes the prize.  THIS is how you direct and produce a film during a pandemic.  Every aspect of production was completed between April and September…

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The Dig: Carey Mulligan Is Phenomenal

The Dig is one of those pre-World War II films that is going to end up going under the radar but Carey Mulligan is phenomenal. Edith Pretty (Carey Mulligan) is a widow living on a Sutton Hoo, Suffolk farm.  This farm just happens to be the home of a few burial mounds.  Could the mounds have a treasure buried inside?  This is what Edith suspects and she hires amateur archaeologist Basil Brown (Ralph Fiennes) to…

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Penguin Bloom: Naomi Watts Delivers In Drama

Two-time Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts delivers an effective performance as usual in the new Netflix drama, Penguin Bloom. Stick around for the credits if you’d like to see a slideshow of photos. Healing can come in the oddest of places.  For Samantha Bloom (Naomi Watts), her emotional healing came after the family took in an injured baby magpie.  Sam would bond with this injured bird, which her three children–Reuben, Noah, and Oli–named Penguin.  Hence, the…

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Scott Kreamer Talks Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Season 2

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous executive producer Scott Kreamer spoke with Solzy at the Movies to discuss the second season. The series saw its second season launch this past Friday on Netflix.  Kreamer gets into spoiler territory so please be forewarned if you haven’t watched yet.  If you’ve already watched the first season, be sure to check out our conversation from September. The second season of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous was the thrilling escapism that I…

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