27 Dec

‘The Last Dance’ Trailer: Get a Sneak Peek at ESPN’s Buzzy Michael Jordan Docuseries

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ESPN is debuting The Last Dance, a 10-part documentary series on the Chicago Bulls during their legendary 1997-98 season, Michael Jordan’s final season as a Chicago Bull and the team’s last championship run of their dynasty. The Bulls granted a camera crew unprecedented access for the entire season, as the team went for its second three-peat. Watch The […]

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26 Dec

The 10 Best Animated Shorts of the Decade

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(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.) With 2019 wrapping up, another decade of cinema comes to a close. From grand blockbusters to more mature international releases, many will remember the feature-length animated films they witnessed in the 2010s. But what about the “little guys” of the animation world? They deserve […]

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26 Dec

Now Stream This: ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’, ‘The Last Black Man In San Francisco’, ‘The Two Popes’, and More of the Best Movies Streaming

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(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) Happy holidays, folks! This is a holiday week, which means many of us will finally have some much-needed time off. And while you could spend that time with your friends and family, why […]

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26 Dec

‘Watchmen’ Star Tim Blake Nelson on Wearing That Mask and Working With Regina King [Interview]

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Watchmen showed audiences another side of actor Tim Blake Nelson. As Wade Tillman (a.k.a. Looking Glass), Nelson is more imposing than ever before. The reserved cop, to put it mildly, doesn’t need to beat anybody to a pulp to prove or illustrate his immense strength. Look no further than the interrogation scene to see a man in […]

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26 Dec

‘Invisible Life’ Review: An Unabashed, Affecting Brazilian Melodrama

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There came a point early on in Karim Aïnouz’s drama of separated sisters, Invisible Life, where I wondered if the way he depicted a scene veered a little too sharply into the melodramatic and borderline hysterical. Then I remembered how the poster billed the film: a tropical melodrama. Once I reset my bearings a bit, […]

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26 Dec

Special Makeup Effects Maestro Greg Nicotero on Tom Savini, Shudder’s ‘Creepshow,’ and His Legacy as an Artist

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Greg Nicotero is a prominent genre mainstay responsible for reinvigorating mainstream horror as an executive producer, special make-up effects supervisor, and primary director for AMC’s The Walking Dead. However, his prolific work extends decades before the show’s rise to meteoric fame. He got his start working under Tom Savini on Day of the Dead, where a lifelong […]

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26 Dec

‘Magnolia’ at 20: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Masterpiece Still Blossoms with Pure Emotion

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The magnolia is a perennial flower: its recurring bloom signals spring’s arrival and the bark of the tree it grows from can be used to treat anxiety and cancer. Magnolia Boulevard is a street that runs through Burbank, California—the media capital of the world, just miles from Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles. Neither of these […]

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26 Dec

Revisiting ‘The Three Caballeros’, One of the Strangest Films Classic Disney Animation Ever Produced

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(Welcome to Out of the Disney Vault, where we explore the unsung gems and forgotten disasters currently streaming on Disney+.) The early 1940s were a rocky period for Walt Disney Studios. Though the fledgling animation company had proven that a feature film in the hand-drawn medium was viable for both technical and creative reasons, Disney struggled […]

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26 Dec

Disney+ Has Breathed New Life Into ‘Gargoyles’ – and No Animated Series Deserves a Reboot More

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If the war drums and choral harmonizing in its intro don’t get your blood pumping, surely Keith David’s deep, triumphant voice-over will: “We are defenders of the night. We are Gargoyles!” A new generation with Disney+ access can now experience the dense lore and breathtaking action of Gargoyles, a cartoon created by Greg Weisman for […]

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26 Dec

The Cinematic ‘White Snake’: A Brief History of the Legendary Chinese Story on Film

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The 2019 CG-animed White Snake from Light Chaser Animation and Warner Bros. Animation is a visual feast that represents Chinese animation branching out more into the west. This is remarkable since China, despite its dominance in the movie industry, has struggled with its own homegrown animation market. As Hoai-Tran Bui said in her review, the newest […]

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