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PBS miniseries doc: THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST – Exclusive Interview

THE US AND THE HOLOCAUST | ©2022 PBS

THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST is a meticulously-researched documentary miniseries about what Americans did – or often did not do – to address the rise of fascism and genocide in Germany, and around the world, before, during and after World War II. The parallels to contemporary events are terrifying. The six-hour film airs on PBS over three nights – Sunday, September 18, Tuesday, September 20, and Wednesday, September 21 – in two-hour installments. The film was directed and produced by prolific documentarians and frequent collaborators Ken Burns, Sarah Botstein, and Lynn Novick. Novick was a director/producer with Burns on the […]Read On »


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HAZING: Filmmaker Byron Hurt and survivor Brent McClanahan II on new documentary – Exclusive Interview

HAZING | ©2022 PBS.org

“Hazing,” the term for initiation rites to college fraternities and sororities, is viewed by many as a stressful but playful rite of passage. Instead, it is often violent, humiliating, sometimes even lethal. HAZING, a documentary by filmmaker Byron Hurt, premieres on PBS’s INDEPENDENT LENS on Monday, September 12. Hurt, who has been through the fraternity system and was both in turn hazed and a hazer, now condemns the practice. In his film, Hurt speaks with survivors of hazing, and with friends and family of those who died. There are cases of beating-caused deaths and paralysis, a drowning none of the […]Read On »


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Movie Review: TRUE THINGS

TRUE THINGS Movie Poster | ©2022 Samuel Goldwyn Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Ruth Wilson, Tom Burke, Hayley Squires, Elizabeth Rider, Frank McCusker Writers: Harry Wootliff and Molly Davies, based on the book TRUE THINGS ABOUT ME by Deborah Kay Davies Director: Harry Wootliff Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films Release Date: September 9, 2022 Ruth Wilson is an always watchable performer. No matter what she is doing, she is vital and committed, and we believe her. As she’s in almost every frame on TRUE THINGS, this means the movie always has life, even if Wilson pretty much carries it on her back. In TRUE THINGS, Wilson plays Kate Perkin, a […]Read On »


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Movie Review: SPEAK NO EVIL

SPEAK NO EVIL movie poster | ©2022 Shudder/IFC Midnight

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Morten Burian, Sidsel Siem Koch, Fedja van Huêt, Karina Smulders, Liva Forsberg, Marius Damslev, Hichem Yacoubi Writers: Christian Tafdrup & Mads Tafdrup Director: Christian Tafdrup Distributor: Shudder/Profile Pictures Release Date: September 9, 2022 There is a shot at approximately one hour and seven minutes into SPEAK NO EVIL that lets us know exactly what’s happening here. To be clear, most viewers will already know from the advertising that SPEAK NO EVIL is a horror thriller. The question building over the first two-thirds is, what sort of horror thriller subgenre does it embody? We have ample time […]Read On »


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Movie Review: BARBARIAN

BARBARIAN movie poster | ©2022 20th Century Studios

Rating: R Stars: Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, Justin Long, Matthew Patrick Davis, Richard Brake Writer: Zach Cregger Director: Zach Cregger Distributor: 20th Century Studios Release Date: September 9, 2022 ‘Tis a dark and stormy night when Tess (Georgina Campbell) pulls up in front of the Airbnb she’s rented in a dismally rundown Detroit neighborhood. To her surprise and dismay, Tess encounters Keith (Bill Skarsgård), who is already in residence and says that he’s also rented this place. After a bit of initial shouting, things calm down. Keith is gentlemanly and uncommonly thoughtful about the sensible fears a young woman like […]Read On »


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Movie Review: THE HARBINGER

THE HARBINGER movie poster | ©2022 Screen Media

Rating: PG-13Stars: Will Klipstine, Amanda MacDonald, Madelaine McGraw, Irene Bedard, Charles Hubbell, Vincent Duvall, Steve Monroe, Bruce BohneWriters: Amy Mills & Will KlipstineDirector: Will KlipstineDistributor: Screen Media FilmsRelease Date: September 2, 2022 To judge by a statement in the end credits, there are good intentions behind the scenes of THE HARBINGER. The production employed a good number of Native Americans, veterans, and survivors of domestic abuse. THE HARBINGER’s script, by Amy Mills & Will Klipstine, also has an intriguing concept. What if faith and supernatural beliefs only work in the areas where they originate? In other words, what if the […]Read On »


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Movie Review: BURIAL

BURIAL movie poster | ©2022 IFC Midnight

    Rating: Not RatedStars: Charlotte Vega, Tom Felton, Harriet Ward, Barry Ward, Dan Renton Skinner, Bill Milner, Niall Murphy, Kristo Viiding, Tambet Tuisk, Ester Kuntu, David AlexanderWriter: Ben ParkerDirector: Ben ParkerDistributor: IFC MidnightRelease Date: September 2, 2022 BURIAL is a solid, focused WWII thriller. Despite its distribution by IFC Midnight, BURIAL is not a horror film – at least, no more than any other war movie – but that shouldn’t deter viewers in search of an engrossing experience. BURIAL is set primarily at the end of WWII in 1945. However, it opens in London, England, on Christmas Day, 1991. […]Read On »


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Movie Review: THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING

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Rating: R Stars: Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba Writers: George Miller & Augusta Gore, based on the short story “The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye” Director: George Miller Distributor: M-G-M Release Date: August 26, 2022 THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING is the first feature George Miller has directed and co-written since 2015’s MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Apart from both being terrific and having a lot of desert imagery, the two films could hardly be more different. Where MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is full of practical action in the service of a straightforward story, THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING is fantastical, with […]Read On »


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Movie Review: FALL

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Rating: PG-13 Stars: Grace Caroline Currey, Virginia Gardner, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mason Gooding Writers: Jonathan Frank & Scott Mann Director: Scott Mann Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: August 12, 2022 FALL is a word with several meanings. Here, it is not seasonal, but rather what can happen to climbers. For acrophobic viewers who want to be scared to death, this may be movie nirvana. A prologue introduces us to the twenty-something trio of Becky (Grace Caroline Currey), her husband Dan (Mason Gooding), and their best friend, Shiloh Hunter (Virginia Gardner). All three are climbing enthusiasts, currently scaling an almost sheer rock […]Read On »


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Movie Review: MANEATER

MANEATER movie poster | ©2022 Saban Films

Rating: R Stars: Nicky Whelan, Trace Adkins, Jeff Fahey, Shane West, Porscha Coleman, Ed Morrone, Branscombe Whitman, Zoe Cipres, Kim DeLonghi, Kelly Reiter, Alex Farnham Writer: Justin Lee Director: Justin Lee Distributor:   Saban Films Release Date: August 26, 2022 MANEATER boasts a good cast, great gore effects, the scenery of Maui, and the basis of a decent premise. Unfortunately, it has problems with its shark footage. Given the title, this is a significant drawback. Harlan (Trace Adkins) is an island fisherman. He is furious when his teen daughter is killed in an apparent shark attack and the local police […]Read On »


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