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Christopher Meehan In ‘Swiping Mr. Right’ At Santa Monica Playhouse

Christopher Meehan grew up as the youngest of eight children in a happy Catholic family in San Francisco, hoping that he would have a large family of his own someday. But like so many singles caught in the age of online dating and apps like Tinder and Bumble, the Santa Monica-based St. Monica’s...

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Despite Missed Opportunities, ‘Rebel In The Rye’ Is Occasionally Captivating

The box office recently played witness to an ultimate irony, as revered American author J.D. Salinger — who famously refused to allow any of his works, including his seminal masterpiece “The Catcher in the Rye,” to be adapted into feature films — served as the focal point for “Rebel in the Rye,”...

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'Mother!'

Coming hot on the heels of the recent devastation wrought by flooding in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky’s new movie “Mother!” is a strangely timely allegory about creation, the environment and how humans treat the environment. Unfortunately, it is also a confusing...

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‘I Do ... Until I Don’t’ Gets By On The Strength Of Its Cast …Until It Doesn’t

With movies, just like with any form of storytelling, if you don’t have conflict, well, you don’t really have anything. Regrettably, “I Do ... Until I Don’t,” the latest effort from the undeniably talented writer/director Lake Bell, serves as yet another casualty in the long list of films that...

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‘Terminator 2’ Gets Brilliant 3-D Touch-Up In Theatrical Rerelease

Any time a classic film from days of yore is rereleased in theaters after being infused with contemporary visual effects, especially when that film hails from a franchise with as fanatical a fan base as “The Terminator,” moviegoers typically share the same sentiment: “They’d better not mess this...

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Aubrey Plaza Dazzles In Darkly Funny ‘Ingrid Goes West’

Throughout her film and television career, comic actress Aubrey Plaza has proven her distinct knack for portraying nerdy introverts. But as the titular character in “Ingrid Goes West,” a favorite at the Sundance Film Festival last January that earned writer/director Matt Spicer and co-writer...

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'Annabelle: Creation' Director And Cast Discuss Latest 'Conjuring' Film

The most terrifying doll in cinema since Chucky is back, as “Annabelle: Creation” — the fourth installment in “The Conjuring” film franchise and follow-up to 2014’s “Annabelle” — comes to theaters Aug. 11 to provide the origin story for how the infamous Annabelle doll came to be possessed by a...

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Latest ‘Conjuring’ Prequel ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Thrills And Terrifies In Equal Measure

If you’re a fan of “The Conjuring” movie franchise, you may have seen the billboards and posters around town for “Annabelle: Creation,” the series’ fourth and latest installment, and thought to yourself, “Wait ... wasn’t the previous ‘Annabelle’ movie (2014) a prequel about the Annabelle doll?...

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Intensity Of ‘Dunkirk’ Not Enough To Combat Its Empty Emotional Core

When a Christopher Nolan movie comes out in theaters, it’s a big deal. And with good reason: the British writer/director has consistently wowed critics and audiences alike through the years with finely tuned blockbuster successes like “The Prestige,” the Batman trilogy and “Inception,” all visual...

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‘Baby Driver’ Delivers A Decent Film That’s Occasionally Great

Over the last decade, British director Edgar Wright has earned a reputation for infusing his films with two distinct attributes: inventive camera work propelled by razor-sharp editing, and delightfully quirky characters who never drown out (or drown in) the seriousness of the circumstances. “Baby...

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The Art Pope Francis Loves

Vatican City, Jul 7, 2017 / 08:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- What is Pope Francis’ idea of art? A new documentary titled ‘Pope Francis – My idea of art,’ delves into the Roman Pontiff’s artistic side and explore what art personally means to the Pope through a series of his favorite works. “The art...

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Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ Crafts A Taut, Tense Tale Of Gender Relations

At the Cannes Film Festival this past May, acclaimed director Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation,” “Marie Antoinette”) generated a lot of buzz as she became just the second female director — and first American-born female director — to win in the Best Director category for her latest effort “The...

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‘All Eyez On Me’ Gives Tupac A One-Dimensional Treatment

The end credits of “All Eyez on Me,” the new biopic recounting the life and tragic murder of `90’s hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur, features a captivating clip from a 1994 interview with Shakur that, despite being just 20 seconds long, reveals so much about the rap legend: his uncompromising honesty...

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‘The Big Sick’ Promotes Family And Forgiveness With Humor

Life has a way of throwing big decisions at people unexpectedly, and in the romantic comedy “The Big Sick,” actor-comedian Kumail Nanjiani (best known for his co-starring role on HBO’s “Silicon Valley”) shares one that changed his life forever. Co-written by Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon...

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‘Beatriz At Dinner’ Serves Up Subtle Yet Cutting Social Commentary On Today’s Divided America

On the heels of the mega-hit “Wonder Woman,” moviegoers were treated to yet another admirable heroine with an unwavering moral compass, this time in the form of a working-class Mexican immigrant in the delightfully demure industry darling “Beatriz at Dinner.” Unlike Wonder Woman, the frumpy,...