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“Thoroughbreds” marks an auspicious debut for writer/director Cory Finley.Coming from the world of theater, writer/director Cory Finley has made a masterful first film. His dark comedy/thriller is utterly enthralling, as much for what it doesn’t show as what...
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Alex Garland’s adaptation of “Annihilation” creates a world of wonder.Powerful is the film that doesn’t spoon feed everything to its audience, especially when it comes to science fiction. That’s why writer/director Alex Garland is such an expert in...
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“Black Panther” is a landmark film for Marvel Studios and one of their very best.Just when you think that the comic superhero movie is all but played out, along comes “Black...
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2018’s Oscar-nominated shorts have a lot of lessons for writers.Since 2012, the AMPAS has been releasing their Oscar-nominated Animated and Live Action Shorts nationwide in theaters to an enthusiastic public. For screenwriters,...
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“The Shape of Water” blends fantasy, morality and horror into a steady stream. Guillermo del Toro is a filmmaker of singular vision. His movies are almost always morality tales,...
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2018 Oscar nominations reflect diversity and strong, original writing. The 90th Academy Award nominations have been announced and the voters have delivered an impressive and diverse spectrum of honorees. Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) and Jordan Peele (“Get...
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“Mudbound” adapts the symbol-heavy bestseller with finesse.Adapting a book is never easy, particularly one such as Hillary Jordan’s Mudbound. The narrative is told first-person by multiple characters, and that contradicts the...
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“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” reboots the franchise with lots of laughs.Rebooting a franchise can be a tricky thing. You want to keep what’s beloved and familiar, but you also...
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“The Last Jedi” tells the familiar in surprising ways.By now, movie fans can be assured that each new “Star Wars” saga will have a lot of the same: light saber battles, snarling...
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“The Disaster Artist” delivers laughs without digging deep.James Franco does a superb imitation of Tommy Wiseau in “The Disaster Artist”, but the movie doesn’t dig deep enough into who the failed filmmaker was and why his...
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“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” challenges narrative norms.Martin McDonagh may be a filmmaker from England, but he certainly understands America. His take on small town...
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"Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-In Near You” is a must-read for movie fansCharles Taylor is an author and film critic who loves B movies and his new book showcases some of the greatest unsung gems from the 1970’s. “Opening Wednesday at a Theater or...
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Hello everyone, and welcome to PAGE 2 SCREEN. This is the weekly podcast presented by the International Screenwriters Association where two writers examine a movie or a TV show and its journey from page to screen. I’m Jeff York, your host, and today we have another...
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“Newness” examines sex and intimacy in new ways as well as old.Debuting on VOD is the movie “Newness”, a drama about the Millennial generation and their search for love and intimacy against the backdrop of Snapchat and modern Los Angeles. Swiping left and right, trying...
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“Thor: Ragnarok” is one of Marvel Studios’ finest and funniest.Three films into the Thor franchise, Marvel Studios continues to amaze yet again with this second sequel that is both a fun adventure and funny romp. Director  Taika Waititi and...
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Page 2 Screen talks to two paranormal experts about what constitutes good horror.If you’re a screenwriter interested in writing horror, you could learn a lot from two ghostbusters. This week’s guests are Scott Markus (whatsyourghoststory.com) and Mike...
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“Blade Runner 2049” is a fitting sequel to the cult classic from 1982.Making a sequel to a classic film is an intimidating task, especially when your follow-up is 35 years after the original. Thus, “Blade Runner 2049” had its...
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“Marvel’s Inhumans” is a marvel of missed opportunities.Marvel has had an incredible track record on both the big screen and small, but the new ABC-TV series “Marvel’s Inhumans” really misses the mark. Adapted from the 1965 comic by Stan Lee...
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"Kingsman: The Golden Circle" misses the brass ring.The edgy action spy comedy “Kingsman: The Secret Service” was a worldwide hit in 2014, so it’s not surprising that a sequel was inevitable. Unfortunately, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” moves too...
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“Mother!” is too much allegory and not enough story.Director Darren Aronofsky has a great track record making dark character studies (“The Wrestler”, “Black Swan”), but the characters populating his latest film are more symbolic than human....
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