Darcy Staniforth

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Battle of the Worlds Blu-ray Review: An Early Sci-fi Gem

In a time of incredible special effects and science fiction becoming more reality than fiction, it can be difficult for ...
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Back to the Beach Blu-ray Review: Fun, Playful, and an Enjoyable Watch

Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello were some of the earliest teen idols. And as the 1980s gave rise to cable television ...
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The Skunk Ape Experiments Review: More Investigative than Sensational

While the term "Skunk Ape" might sound like an insult you hurl at someone, those in the world of paranormal ...
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Reno 911! The Hunt for QAnon DVD Review: Insanity Ensues

If you're a fan of the ridiculous and over-the-top comedy of the Reno 911! series, your fandom will only grow in ...
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Boomerang (1992) Blu-ray Review: A Hilarious Film That Is Still Challenging Stereotypes

I remember seeing Boomerang in theaters when it first came out. I have seen it many times since and still ...
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American Werewolves Movie Review: Has the Vibe of a 1980’s Network Special About Cryptids

The independent production company Small Town Monsters is not afraid to explore topics in the worlds of the strange and ...
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Fire in the Sky Blu-ray Review: A Compelling Story

Even with news of UFOs and UAPs in the pages of The New York Times and in the halls of ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: The DOC

In the rap and hip hop world, it's one thing to have confidence and ego about being one of the ...
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Offseason Movie Review: Holistically Brilliant

A Shudder exclusive, Offseason is the newest film from writer and director Mickey Keating. Broken into chapters, the film starts ...
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Dashcam (2021) Movie Review: Rob Savage’s Film Misses the Mark

Dashcam is the new film from writer and director Rob Savage who received a lot of attention and acclaim after ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: The Mojo Manifesto: The Life and Times of Mojo Nixon

If you were watching MTV in the late '80s, not only was Elvis everywhere thanks to Mojo Nixon, but so ...
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Marionette Land DVD Review: What Happens When a Dream Is Realized, Then Deferred?

​In his poem, "Harlem," Langston Hughes considers what happens to a dream deferred?​ But what happens when a dream is ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Mama Bears

When you grow up in the Christian faith, you are told that if you follow God, honor Jesus, and stay ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: A Lot of Nothing

A Lot of Nothing begins in the place where the pain and anger about continued injustice turns from a passive ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: I Love My Dad

There is the old saying that “the truth is stranger than fiction.” So, it might be hard to believe that ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: This Much I Know to Be True

Months ahead of its cinematic release in theaters, the SXSW audience had the opportunity to view the new music documentary ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Brené Brown: Atlas of the Heart

For many people, they were raised learning that we should be thinking more than feeling in our everyday lives and ...
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2022 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Short Films Review

ShortsTV presents the 17th annual Oscar Nominated Short Films theatrical releases. Spanning the categories of Live Action, Animation, and Documentary, the ...
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Salt in My Soul Movie Review: What It Means to Search for Hope and Answers

Most of us don't consider our own mortality as children. But children who live with chronic diseases are forced to ...
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TV Review: Diary of the Grizzly Man

Many people were first introduced to the work, life, and horrific death of Timothy Treadwell through the 2005 Werner Herzog ...
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To What Remains Movie Review: A Moving and Beautiful Story

My brother Robert is a combat veteran. He served as a tank gunner in the U.S. Army during the Gulf ...
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TV Review: VOIR: Season One

From executive producers David Fincher and David Prior comes VOIR. Season One of this new Netflix series is a collection ...
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Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain DVD Review: Not the Biopic That Some Might Think

I have had to sit for a while figuring out how to write about and review Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony ...
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Movie Review: Joy Ride (2021)

As a writer and a comedian, you never want to be hacky. And I certainly don't want to be hacky ...
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Mommie Dearest Limited Edition Blu-ray Review: A True Cult Classic

For people of a certain age, wire hangers conjure up images of Joan Crawford. I was around six years old ...
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Copshop Movie Review: A Fun, Exciting Watch

“Copshop” is a slang term for a police station and is the title of Joe Carnahan’s newest film. Set in ...
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Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster Movie Review: A Warm Love Letter

For many movie fans, Boris Karloff lumbered onto their screens as Frankenstein’s monster or as the Mummy. And for others ...
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Book Review: Jayne Mansfield: The Girl Couldn’t Help It by Eve Golden

If you saw a headline about a blonde bombshell actress living in a “pink palace” with her muscular husband, pack ...
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Punk the Capital Blu-ray Review: Building a Sound Movement

If you are a punk or a fan of punk and hardcore, you know the importance of Washington DC in the ...
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Trances Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Beautiful Audiovisual Journey

During a four-month period, filmmaker Ahmed El-Maanouni followed the politically and peace-minded avant-pop band Nass El Ghiwane on their tour ...
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TV Review: The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness

What happens when a man begins to investigate a case as a journalist, but then becomes so engrossed in the ...
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Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street Movie Review: And How Sesame Street Got to Us

November 1969 was the first time children across the country would hear the theme song to a new television show ...
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2021 Oscar-nominated Documentary Short Films Review

On April 2, 2021, THE 2021 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS will be available in over 200 screens across 50+ theatrical ...
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The Yellow Wallpaper (2021) Movie Review: Beautiful but Lacks the Horror

In 1890, Charlotte Perkins Gilman penned her story “The Yellow Wallpaper.” This feminist tale documents a woman named Jane’s battle ...
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TV Review: The Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer

The summer of 1985 was filled with terror for Southern California residents. A serial killer, who would come to be ...
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Dear Santa (2020) Movie Review: A Lesson in Miracle

The United States Post Office has had quite a challenging year. Leadership changes, cutbacks, setbacks, and financial woes are just ...
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Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan Movie Review

Do you listen to the Pogues? If your answer is "no" or "I'm not sure", as the holidays are upon ...
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Where She Lies Movie Review: ‘It Was a Different Time’

There is a point in the new documentary, Where She Lies, where one of the interviewees uses the phrase, “It was ...
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The Mothman Legacy Movie Review: For an Audience New to the Legend

If you grew up in a town that has local legends, you no doubt grew up hearing the stories that ...
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Seat 20D Movie Review: Suse Lowenstein Shines a Light with Her Sculpture ‘Dark Elegy’

Do you remember where you were when you learned that your life had just changed forever? Perhaps it was when ...
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Mr. Soul! Movie Review: There Has Never Been Another Show Like It

There is the old adage that history repeats itself. And if we look to the streets and look to our ...
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Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story Movie Review: Yes, Sir. I Do Like It

Do you know what rolls down stairs, alone or in pairs, and over your neighbor's dog? Do you know who ...
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Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies Movie Review: A Flesh-filled Journey that Lacks a Critical Eye

Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies is the new documentary that chronicles the storied history of nudity in American ...
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Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo Movie Review: A Complex and Compelling Story

As a culture, we love all kinds of stories. Stories of people coming from nothing to achieve great success. Stories ...
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Hot Docs 2020 Review: All That I Am

Imagine being six years old and the stepfather who is supposed to provide for you and protect you, repeatedly violates ...
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Ovid and the Art of Love Movie Review: Writer/Director Esmé von Hoffman Connects the Ancient Subject Matter with Modern Day

Ovid and the Art of Love sets the life of the Roman poet Ovid in modern-day Detroit. Through historical fiction, the ...
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Phenomenacon 2020 Review: The First Online Paranormal and Occult Convention

As spring moves towards summer, for many of us these seasons are usually full of conventions. Conventions that celebrate our ...
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Looking for Alaska DVD Review: Well Written and Well Acted

Looking for Alaska brings the critically acclaimed work of author John Green to the screen in this eight-episode Hulu Original limited ...
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Book Review: The Last Book on the Left: Stories of Murder and Mayhem from History’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

Dark humor and dark subject matter seem to go hand in hand. Combine those things with the incredible illustrations of ...
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2020 Oscar-nominated Documentary Short Films Review

On January 29, ShortsTV will debut THE 2020 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS at the IFC Center in New York City ...
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TV Review: Hellier: Season 2

Last year, Season 1 of Hellier debuted on YouTube and quickly won over fans and critics alike. The ten episodes of Hellier: Season 2 ...
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Concert Review: Art Alexakis – The Wayfarer, Costa Mesa, CA – 11/15/19

I've been an Everclear fan since the beginning. I have all the albums, a ton of rare singles, and even ...
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Robin Williams: Comic Genius (5-DVD Set) Review: A Retrospective of the Brilliant Comedian

Time Life, in conjunction with the estate of Robin Williams, has released Robin Williams: Comic Genius as a 5-disc DVD collection. This ...
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Always in Season Movie Review: Not an Easy Watch, but an Important One

As a parent, the loss of a child is one of the worst and unimaginable losses you can face. But ...
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Toni Morrison, The Pieces I Am DVD Review: Dense with Content That Pulls in the Viewer

On August 5, 2019, Toni Morrison shed her mortal coil and the world lost one of its most important literary ...
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Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache DVD Review: Returning a Chapter to Cinema History

As someone who spent time studying film in college, I was taught about the early pioneers of film like the ...
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch Criterion Collection Review: Visually Stunning and Aesthetically Engaging

In 2001, writer, director, and star John Cameron-Mitchell and composer and lyricist Stephen Trask took their cutting-edge musical Hedwig and the ...
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Book Review: Strange Cures by Rob Zabrecky

A good magician is always a joy to witness, but when a magician can curate a full experience of amazing ...
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Becoming Evil: Serial Killers DVD Review: This Academic Series Has a Lot of Challenges

I love true crime. I listen to true-crime podcasts. I will watch true-crime television shows. And I absolutely love documentaries ...
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Project Blue Book: Season 1 Blu-ray Review: The Plot Is Intriguing, but the Pacing Is Slow

Project Blue Book follows Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Aidan Gillen) who is a college professor recruited by the U.S. military to ...
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Rifftrax Live!: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians Review: An Odd Christmas Classic

If you are not familiar with Fathom Events, the company does one-night-only events of films, operas, and other special events ...
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CeeLo Green Is Loberace: Live in Vegas Blu-ray Review: What Happened in Vegas?

Oh, Ceelo. I had such high hopes when your disc arrived in the mail. I am a fan of the ...
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New Girl: The Complete Second Season DVD Review: Another Great Season

New Girl is one of the best shows on television today. To just refer to it as sitcom is to ...
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Family Guy: Volume Eleven DVD Review: Okay, Not Spectacular

I love Family Guy and watch both the new episodes as well as those in syndication. However Volume Eleven of ...
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My Father and the Man in Black Movie Review: Beautifully Moving

My Father and the Man in Black is the beautifully moving documentary by Jonathan Holiff about his father Saul Holiff. ...
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Robert Williams: Mr. Bitchin’ Movie Review: A Love Letter to the Man and His Work

Where to begin writing about this documentary is like asking where to begin when you look at one of Robert ...
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American Courtesans Movie Review: More Case Study than Documentary

American Courtesans is a documentary by Kristen DiAngelo and James Johnson about the world of women who work as escorts ...
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The Last Ride (2012) Blu-ray Review: It Should Never Have Been Taken

I will start this review by stating that I am a huge Hank Williams Sr. fan and I like old-school ...
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Yossi Movie Review: A Beautifully Crafted Film in Every Aspect

Yossi is the beautiful sequel to Israeli filmmaker Eytan Fox's 2002 film, Yossi & Jagger. The films is set 10 ...
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Chasing Mavericks Blu-ray Review: A Less Exciting Karate Kid for Surfers

I was excited to check out this movie because I liked the soundtrack so much and I love Gerard Butler. ...
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The Sessions Blu-ray Review: A Beautiful Story About the Desires That Make Us All Human

The Sessions is based on the true-life experiences of poet and journalist Mark O'Brien, who has spent most of his ...
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After Kony: Staging Hope DVD Review: The Play’s the Thing

The war in Northern Uganda has been getting a lot of attention in the media as of late. It probably ...
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YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip DVD Review: Worth Watching

This documentary follows three friends, Mark Dixon and husband and wife, Ben and Julie Evans, who decide to go on ...
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Book Review: Comediennes: Laugh Be a Lady by Darryl and Tuezdae Littleton

Lately I just keep on reviewing books around here. What can I say, I love to read about the films ...
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Interview with John Kenneth Muir, Author of An Askew View 2: The Films of Kevin Smith

In 1997, Chasing Amy, the third film from writer-director Kevin Smith hit theaters. I had seen his first film Clerks and liked it, ...
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Chasing Mavericks: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Review

Chasing Mavericks is the true story of surfing star and legend Jay Moriarty. At 15 years old, he discovers the surf ...
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Circle Jerks: My Career as a Jerk DVD Review: A Wonderful Documentary

If you know anything about punk rock, you know the Circle Jerks. They were one of L.A.'s most seminal and ...
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Give Up Tomorrow DVD Review: A Story That Needs to be Watched and Shared

On July 16th, 1997, Marijoy and Jackie Chiong went missing on their native island of Cebu in the Philippines. Shortly ...
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The Heathcliff and Dingbat Show DVD Review: A Fun Romp from My Childhood

The Heathcliff and Dingbat Show came from the brilliant cartoon minds of Hanna-Barbera in 1980. This complete collection released by ...
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About Cherry Movie Review: Could Have Been About So Much More

About Cherry is a film about Angelina (Ashley HinShaw) a pretty girl who likes boys in bands and comes from ...
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The Sacred Science Movie Review: Searching for Remedies

I think we have a lot to learn from other cultures, especially ancient cultures. That’s why my interest was peaked ...
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Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles Movie Review: An Intriguing Documentary about a Decades-Long Mystery

I love documentaries! Or should I say I love good documentaries. However, the more I watch, I feel like the ...
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Machine Gun Preacher Blu-ray Review: Hope in the Midst of a Holocaust

Machine Gun Preacher is based on the life of Sam Childers, a real-life missionary living in Southern Sudan carrying the ...
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Book Review: Music on Film: Purple Rain by John Kenneth Muir

Purple Rain was the first R-rated film I watched as a kid. It was also the first movie I ever ...
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American Teacher DVD Review: A Distant Look at the Profession

Before I got a chance to review it, I had heard about the documentary, American Teacher. I was excited by ...
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The Sons of Tennessee Williams DVD Review: Mardi Gras Offers Sanctuary Amidst the Celebration

The Sons of Tennessee Williams is a documentary about the gay Mardi Gras krewes out of Louisiana. This film not ...
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The Big Year DVD Review: Great Heart and a Sweet Story

When they cast Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson in a movie, I figured it would be full of ...
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Three Colors (Blue, White, Red) Criterion Collection DVD Review: Does Not Disappoint

I fell in love with the beautiful and moving Three Colors (Trios Couleurs) trilogy when it first came to video ...
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Identification of a Woman Criterion Collection DVD Review: Searching for a Way out of the Fog

Identification of A Woman is the story of Niccolo Farra (Tomas Milian) a middle-aged Italian filmmaker who is searching for ...
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Eames: The Architect and The Painter Movie Review: More Nostalgia Than Anything Else

I was very excited to watch a documentary about the late, great Charles and Ray Eames. As someone who gets ...
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The Tree of Life Combo Pack Review: A Film About Life and Just as Confusing

I had heard great things about, The Tree of Life from people. The trailer was beautiful and engaging. So when ...
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Skateland Movie Review: I Wanted to Like It

I had high hopes for this movie. I really did. What I imagined was a film about a group of ...
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Autoerotic Movie Review: Welcome to Mumbleporn

I have a rule about independent films that bill themselves as, “erotic.” It is almost a guarantee that those films ...
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The Hedgehog (2011) Movie Review: An Emotionally Moving Film

WARNING: THIS IS A FOREIGN FILM AND YOU DO HAVE TO READ AND WATCH AT THE SAME TIME! (Unless you ...
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