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Megan Bianco’s articles

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The Hustle: A gender-swapped version of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

There is a fine line between taking influence for your own original idea from another source and just plain ripping off another artist. Chris Addison’s “The Hustle,” a new comedy starring Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway, is being described as a modern, gender-swapped version of Frank Oz’s “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (1988) –...

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Endgame might be easier to follow with a Marvel refresher course

Despite all the criticism Marvel gets for playing it safe and not taking many real risks with their storytelling and character development, there are a couple of things they get right: taking their films seriously and being dramatic without coming across as bleak. The ending of the previous Avengers feature, “Infinity War,”...

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High Life and the new-ish trend of space movies

With Claire Denis’ new sci-fi drama “High Life” slated to be out this April, we’ve continued the recent trend of space-related films being released. The documentary “Apollo 11,” has received much praise from space history buffs, is still in some theaters, yet has already found its way online, too. Only seven months ago,...

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Us film: a brilliant mix of political metaphors, pop culture references, and satire

If you had told me five years ago that one of the two goofy guys who make up the comedy duo Key & Peele would turn out to be one of the best horror masterminds in film, I wouldn’t have known what to think. But even as a horror filmmaker, Jordan Peele is a funny guy, and his comedic roots are palpable in his feature film...

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Will Captain Marvel hold up to the hype in Endgame?

We’re five weeks away from the much “Endgame,” the anticipated Avengers follow-up to last year’s “Infinity War.” So much hype and emphasis has been put on the importance of what Captain Marvel, a new character to the film universe, will bring to the sequel. But will it pay off?

We’re already a couple of weeks into the...

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The Monkees: The US answer to The Beatles’ music and films

With last month’s death of music artist Peter Tork of The Monkees, a lot of fans have been revisiting the pop band’s career. The Monkees were originally America’s answer to The Beatles, but rather than a record label forming a new pop-rock band, it was a TV production company doing the formation.

The TV show “The...

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Horror thriller Greta is so close, yet so far

No, Focus Features’ new movie, “Greta,” isn’t a biopic on the legendary, elusive movie star Greta Garbo. Rather, it’s one of the very few Hollywood movies French cinema royalty Isabelle Huppert has crossed overseas to participate in. Co-starring Chloe Grace Moretz, the horror-thriller is so close, yet so far, from being a...

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Farrelly’s Green Book: One of the most polarizing films of 2018

As the chaos of the 2018 awards season comes to an end next week, let us revisit one of the more polarizing and divisive films of last year: Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book.” A light-hearted biopic about the real-life friendship between pianist Donald Shirley (played by Mahershala Ali) and club bouncer/occasional driver Frank...

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Neeson’s Cold Pursuit is the typical cringy, B-movie schlock

With the release of Hans Petter Moland’s “Cold Pursuit,” we have the most recent occurrence of a filmmaker remaking his own film. In the past, we’ve seen this from Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1934 and 1956); Frank Capra’s “Broadway Bill” (1934) and “Riding High” (1950); Woody Allen’s “Crimes and...

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From Serenity to M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass: When taking risks in filmmaking backfires

The second half of winter in January and early February are usually the crap shoot months, when movie studios dump their less-than-stellar features that aren’t poised to be hits. A good example of a typically bad January movie is “Replicas,” from the first week of 2019. It’s an amalgam of obviously bad CGI, actors phoning in...

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SAGs 2019 recap: This is the least exciting awards season of the decade

After a bewildering start to the televised portion of awards season with the Golden Globes three weeks ago, the season has continued to be perplexing, this time with the Screen Actors Guild awards.

We saw Glenn Close and Mahershala Ali win Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor for “The Wife” and “Green Book,”...

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Overlooking Laurel & Hardy biopic “Stan & Ollie” was a big mistake. Huge.

While watching the new Laurel & Hardy biopic “Stan & Ollie,” I kept thinking about the cliché of “Hollywood biopic formula,” which was famously lampooned in “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” (2007). Coincidentally, both films star John C. Reilly, and the latter has been brought up a few times recently thanks to the...

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