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Reimagining of ‘The Witches’ brings a forgettable charm

Film journalists and movie buffs alike buzzed with anticipation when news arrived announcing that Robert Zemeckis, director of “Back to the Future” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” was slated to adapt the 1983 classic story, Roald Dahl’s “The Witches.”  No doubt all those excited to watch ...


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‘Babish Culinary Universe’ turned underworld

Python. Rum-soaked ham. The ratatouille from Ratatouille. Prison sauce. Bison. “Pizza Crepe Taco Pancake Chili Bag.” Dessert pasta. Julia Child’s beef bourguignon. Acorn cookies. Broiled Cornish game hen sandwich. And, of course, sourdough. Binging with Babish — recently rebranded to Babish ...


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Oneohtrix Point Never muses in “Magic OPN”

A shattered mirror of sounds materializes in experimental composer and musician Oneohtrix Point Never’s ninth studio-length album, “Magic Oneohtrix Point Never.” The sonic self-portrait coalesces in a series of 17 tracks — vignettes that are collaged into a pillowy collection that oscillates ...


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‘Red Scare’ and the Politics of Trolling

For those who have three backup plans to vote, for those who phonebank every weekend and for those who are tracking Iowan statehouse races, political disengagement is a luxury in which they can’t indulge. For podcasters Dasha Nekrasova and Anna Khachiyan, making a mockery of any genuine commitment ...


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‘Rebecca’ remake falls flat

Though director Ben Wheatley claims to offer a new interpretation of a well-loved classic, his version of “Rebecca” pales in comparison not only to the story’s 1938 source material but also to the famous Alfred Hitchcock film adaptation from 1940. “Rebecca,” based on Daphne du Maurier’s ...


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‘Emily in Paris’ is a buttery bore

French confections, frilly outfits from 2016 Pinterest boards and a naïve millennial American are the centerpiece of the new bingeable Netflix series “Emily in Paris.” The new MTV-produced, Netflix-streamed show was released Oct. 2 and stars Lily Collins as the eponymous Emily: an American entry-level ...


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The short-lived, lighthearted allure of ‘On the Rocks’

The latest drama-comedy ‘On the Rocks’ reunites writer-director Sofia Coppola and actor Bill Murray, as he takes on the role of Felix, a seasoned debauchee and wealthy art dealer. Rashida Jones joins Murray as Felix’s daughter Laura, a writer troubled by the disinterest of her husband Dean (Marlon ...


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Blackpink releases long-awaited debut album

South Korean girl group Blackpink finally released their first, full-length studio album Oct. 2, simply called “The Album.” To the devoted fans of Blackpink, collectively known as Blinks, this is a moment of mind-boggling significance.  Over a span of four years since their 2016 debut, the quartet ...


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Disney fumbles live-action adaptation of Mulan

In Disney’s 2020 attempt to resuscitate the 1998 animated film, much of the nostalgic charm of the original “Mulan” is deadened for the sake of aesthetic value and purported maturation — not to mention political controversy beyond the screen.  Rather than pay homage to the playful, accessible ...


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'#Alive' falls short as the perfect quarantine movie

Among the many apocalyptic films introduced in the wake of COVID-19, writer-director Cho Il attempted to deliver an alternate perspective on the usual action-packed zombie survival category with his debut film, “#Alive.” But while at first the film seems promising, it eventually fails to escape ...






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