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Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Written by Taylor Baker

“With the help of writer Patrick McHale, Guillermo del Toro has gently spun the beloved classic tale of a wooden boy and his quest for humanity to revolve around themes and ideas that del Toro has long been obsessed with. Set in World War II they’re able to…”

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White Noise

Written by Taylor Baker

““White Noise” sees Adam Driver as Jack Gladney a family man, navigating the upper-crust culture of life as a college professor, a man insecure about his inability to speak German–despite being one of the foremost Hitler studies experts–who is plagued by a…”

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Argentina, 1985

Written by Alexander Reams

“In the opening scene of Santiago Mitre’s legal epic “Argentina, 1985,” Julio César Strassera (Ricardo Darín) is making his way home in a torrential downpour while his son follows his sister back from a date. When they meet in the house it’s framed and maneuvered like a documentary…”

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About Fate

Written by Jeff Sparks

“Roberts and Mann play Margot and Griffin, two romantics who find that their current relationships haven’t turned out the way they wanted. When they both find themselves without dates on New Year’s Eve, they are forced to spend it…”

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Troll (2022)

Written by Nick McCann

“As our modern world progresses through technological connectivity and advancement, we lose some of the mystery of our existence. We have virtually any answer for any question, rendering old tales and traditional myths to…”

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VIFF 2022: Ever Deadly

Written by Alexander Reams

““Ever Deadly” opens with a 7-minute throat singing sequence. It’s simultaneously intense and empyreal, there is an otherworldly aspect to the singing. I’d go even further and say the film encapsulates its 90-minute runtime in those opening seven. A feat for a lot of directors, but…”

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The Menu

Written by Michael Clawson

“Though it is intermittently pretty funny, what the movie can’t overcome is its shoddy writing. As a satire of class, food culture, and the soul-sucking effect of money and elitism on any form of creativity, “The Menu” is badly muddled. As Slowik ritualistically terrorizes…”

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Strange World

Written by Patrick Hao

“On the surface “Strange World” is an ambitious action adventure for Disney, one that has not always worked out. The film openly takes its cues from pulp magazine science fiction stories, films like “Forbidden Planet,” and the films of George Pal. Of more recent Disney animated fair…”

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The School for Good and Evil

Written by Anna Harrison

“… the slew of half-hearted adaptations of young adult or kids books that came after, now including “The School for Good and Evil,” only proves that the success of “Potter” is not so easily replicated, try as Paul Feig might.”

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VIFF 2022: Good Night Oppy

Written by Patrick Hao

“Throughout the documentary, “Good Night Oppy,” the talking heads talk about how difficult it is to not humanize the Mars rovers, Spirit, and Opportunity. They describe the twins as having distinct personalities. They created big round eyes as cameras…”

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A Dog Called Money

Written by Jeff Sparks

“In “A Dog Called Money,” Murphy records PJ as she roams around Washington, D.C., and areas of Afghanistan where she talks to a range of different people. She tries to understand who they are and what they’ve experienced by watching or talking to them. Murphy films not only the discussions she…”

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Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Written by Alexander Reams

“Appel is in his debut here and yet seems more confident behind the camera than some seasoned directors, it’s bold and he embraces the strangeness of Weird Al with this reverence for what he did while still making this a comedy first and refraining from the melodramatic plot…”

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Andor (Season 1)

Written by Anna Harrison

““Star Wars” has always been political, but “Andor” takes it to a new level in such an organic way that it puts everything else to shame…”

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The Fabelmans

Written by Patrick Hao

“Throughout Steven Spielberg’s “The Fablemans,” there are often allusions to John Ford’s “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” Not only is the film and its filmmaker, Ford (as the movie will depict), an immense influence on Spielberg, but its central theme may be the skeleton key to…”

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Enola Holmes 2

Written by Anna Harrison

“Every once in a while, Netflix still makes a decent movie—“Enola Holmes” was one of those, and “Enola Holmes 2” is even better…”

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