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The best shows and movies to watch over winter break

James Corden, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Andrew Rannells star in
November 15, 2020

Any other year, the arrival of winter break would mean heading to movie theaters to catch the latest superhero blockbuster or family comedy — but, of course, with the continued impact of Covid-19 on...

REVIEW: ‘Mank’ is a thought-provoking look into one of history’s greatest films

Still of Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman in
November 15, 2020

“Citizen Kane” rests firmly in the annals of time as a highly celebrated film, if not the single most celebrated film ever made. And rightfully so. Orson Welles’ debut feature film was a towering...

Dave Chappelle’s ‘SNL’ monologue expertly tackles Trump, Covid-19

Comedian Dave Chappelle hosted the first
November 8, 2020

Dave Chappelle walked out to deliver his epic 16-minute monologue on Saturday Night Live this week, holding a cigarette and giving the crowd his signature grin.  On national television, the comic legend...

Alex Trebek, long-running ‘Jeopardy!’ host, dies at 80

Alex Trebek, host of
November 8, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek died Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer for nearly two years. He was 80. Trebek died at home early Sunday with family and friends surrounding...

REVIEW: ‘The Mandalorian’ returns with lackluster season opener

The Child—dubbed
November 1, 2020

When it was first announced on Disney+, “The Mandalorian” seemed like a show that was trying to do the impossible — forge forward with the “Star Was” Universe after the…. divisive… finale...

REVIEW: ‘Sweat’ explores the dark sides of social media stardom

Still from
October 25, 2020

The idea of the “influencer” is a relatively new yet endlessly debated concept in the world of digital media. Where celebrities’ personal lives were once the subject of gossip columns and trashy...

REVIEW: ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ is a hilarious, biting satire

Still of Sacha Baron Cohen in
October 25, 2020

A sequel to “Borat” —titled “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”— was officially announced only a month ago, and now it is available to us at our fingertips — what a strange time to be alive.   Sacha...

REVIEW: Future of indie films on display in ‘S#!%house’

Cooper Raiff directed, wrote and stars in the film “Shithouse” as a college freshmen who goes to a party with an older girl.
October 18, 2020

There is always something distinctly exciting about going in to view a fresh filmmaker’s very critically acclaimed directorial debut. There’s always the lingering possibility that whoever this new...

REVIEW: ‘Great Pretender’ is one of this year’s best new shows

Laurent Thierry (Jun’ichi Suwabe) and Makoto Edamura (Chiaki Kobayashi) are the two stars of the crew in “Great Pretender.
October 18, 2020

Living through the lens of a swindler makes one realize life is not what it seems. The anime series “Great Pretender” demonstrates this beautifully through the eyes of small-time Japanese swindler...

‘The Bachelorette’ recap: quarantine edition

October 18, 2020

Bachelor Nation, I am so excited to say that the time has finally come. After the postponement of ABC’s hit shows “Bachelor in Paradise” and “The Bachelorette” this summer, the man of the hour...

REVIEW: ‘Belushi’ is a vibrant, unflinching portrayal of a comedy legend

Still of John Belushi in
October 18, 2020

When the word “Chicago” is brought up in the entertainment industry, there are a number of famous faces that are immediately, intrinsically associated with the city — Bill Murray, Chance the Rapper,...

‘Cops’ resumes production after cancellation amid Black Lives Matter movement

'Cops' resumes production after cancellation amid Black Lives Matter movement
October 18, 2020

During the midst of the death of George Floyd and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, the television show "Cops" was canceled after 30 years of being on-air, with a spokesperson from Paramount...

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