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Most anticipated films of the 1st Quarter of 2018…

Most anticipated films of the 1st Quarter of 2018…

Posted on December 26th, 2017

1. “Molly’s Game” (Jan. 5) – Written and Directed by Aaron Sorkin, this true story focuses on Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) who was targeted by the FBI for running the most exclusive high stakes poker operation in the world…

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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI surprises old fans with something totally unexpected…

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI surprises old fans with something totally unexpected…

Posted on December 19th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

As far as Star Wars fandom goes, “The Force Awakens” had tough shoes to fill. It introduced new characters, re-introduced classic characters and had the unenviable job of resurrecting a storyline that has been in carbon freeze hibernation for thirty-four years. It was highly unlikely it would please all of the fans and predictably, the verdict was mixed among both fans and critics, but the film scored high with general audiences. As a lifelong and unapologetic “Star Wars” fan, I was one of the critics who was hard on it and my assessment became harsher with each repeated viewing. For me, the story felt ill-conceived, the writing poor and I didn’t feel endeared to the new characters. Imagine my surprise when “The Last Jedi” comes along and changes my mind about the unpredictable direction this new trilogy has taken…

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SHOT IN THE DARK: The series that shows the compelling careers of Los Angeles stringers…

SHOT IN THE DARK: The series that shows the compelling careers of Los Angeles stringers…

Posted on December 11th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

Ever since seeing the 2014 thriller “Nightcrawler” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, I’ve been fascinated with the careers of ‘stringers’ or freelance camera operators who roam the streets of major cities hoping to record footage of crimes, accidents and disasters in order to sell the footage to news outlets. It’s a seedy, dangerous business where the competition is fierce, but the rewards can be high. Netflix’s new documentary series “Shot in the Dark” chronicles the exploits of real-life stringers in Los Angeles as they capture tragedy on camera while trying to stay one step ahead of their cutthroat rivals. While this docu-series is compelling and exciting to watch, it does bring up ethical issues that highlight the grey-areas of the business and raises the question as to whether the stringers featured in the show are merely ambitious business men or parasitic sociopaths…

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GODLESS and DARK: two new Netflix series that are mildly compelling…

GODLESS and DARK: two new Netflix series that are mildly compelling…

Posted on December 5th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

“Godless” (all episodes now available on Netflix) – The small Wild West town of La Belle, New Mexico, populated almost entirely by women, struggles to come back after a mining accident kills most of the male population. It soon becomes the target of the genocidal outlaw Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels) when his number one gunfighter, Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell) turns on him and seeks refuge there, showing up wounded on a nearby ranch run by a widow, Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery). With Griffin bearing down on them and with no means of escape, the citizens of La Belle prepare to defend themselves from the imminent massacre…

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