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Megan Bianco’s articles

The never-ending changes to the film opening rules

Let’s play a game for the rest of the summer. It’s called, ‘How Many Articles Can Megan Write That Become Dated Less Than a Week Later?’ After I wrote my piece on this summer not getting any blockbusters, the movie theater businesses were given the okay to re-open in the middle of June. Then I write a follow-up to my original...

How to deal with the ever-changing movie premiere dates

With the announcement that some movie theaters have now officially been given legal approval to re-open in California, it would appear that this summer may end up having a few new blockbuster releases if we’re lucky. There are still a ton of film premieres that have been pushed back rather than rolling out on “home theater”...

Screenwriter Charles Bennett’s impact on the film industry makes another appearance

Six years after the world and film history were exposed to, and reminded of, one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets — the life and career of screenwriter Charles Bennett — the man himself is the subject of a two-volume follow-up to his posthumous autobiography: “The Rise of the Modern Thriller.”

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A summer without blockbusters?

As if it hasn’t already been said enough these past two months, one of many unprecedented firsts to come out of the coronavirus pandemic is the loss of theatrical movie releases — meaning most movies are postponed indefinitely.

Traditionally, the summer movie season starts at the beginning of May and we would have had...

‘The Getaway’ revisited, four decades later

For someone as synonymous with 1970s pop culture iconology as Ali MacGraw, it’s always surprising to recall that she only starred in three classic films. And those three films were basically the only hits throughout her film career. Of course, this suddenly starts making sense when you learn that MacGraw was originally a...

The struggle to appreciate art in tough times

A month ago, in the early days of our stay-at-home and flatten-the-curve efforts, I wrote a piece titled “What to watch when you want to feel good in a time of crisis,” in which I stated we should try revisiting our favorite movies as a pick-me-up. Apparently, that advice was easier said and written than done for me....

What to watch when you want to feel good in a time of crisis

In addition to everything else happening in the world right now because of the global pandemic, the film industry is basically going on hiatus until at least May. Not only are major releases such as “A Quiet Place Part II” and the new “Mulan” being postponed, all studio productions are being postponed as well. This is truly...

With movies like ‘Clueless,’ do we really need another ‘Emma’?

Just as with Greta Gerwig’s Little Women only two months ago, when the trailer for Autumn de Wilde’s new interpretation of Jane Austen’s classic romantic comedy “Emma” first dropped; my immediate question was: “why?”

How many more on-screen versions of this popular tale do we need? Over the decades, we’ve already gotten...

‘The Lodge’ starts off great but doesn’t amount to much

When the trailer for Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala’s “The Lodge” first dropped last year, my main takeaway was how spot on the casting of Riley Keough and Alicia Silverstone was. The two actresses could easily pass for relatives in a film – which is what I was hoping for in this feature.

While this turned out to...

Just what grade does Adam Sandler’s ‘Uncut Gems’ earn?

The peculiar case of Adam Sandler continues to fascinate movie lovers into the new decade.

This is a man who hasn’t bothered to hide how much success he has found by doing the bare minimum since at least the early 2000s. Yet, like most comedians, he will branch out with serious projects once in a while. Whether for a...

The Screen Actors Guild Awards: Short and sweet, though bizarrely boring in 2020

As the 2019/2020 Oscar season speeds along quicker than usual, this month’s Screen Actors Guild Awards remind us why they are still the smoothest-running televised awards show out there: no host and only a dozen categories within a two-hour runtime.

While I can appreciate that every person on a film’s production team is...

A new, slightly divisive take on the classic ‘Little Women’

It would be understandable if you groaned when it was announced over a year ago that we were getting a new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women.” It is, after all, arguably one of the most read novels by a female writer in American literature and has a boatload of screen versions. Let’s count them. There are three...

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