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Gallup Film Festival goes virtual

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While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the production and screening of major movies throughout the world, it has not stopped filmmakers from presenting their finished works to audiences through online venues.

Gallup Film Festival, one of the signature...

‘The Nest’ details the unraveling of a Yuppie family

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 107 minutes

This film will be released in select theaters Sept. 18 and will be available to rent at home on most platforms Nov. 17.

Many refer to the 1980s as a decade of greed. The term Yuppie was coined as a signifier of a person (often a businessman) living a life of undeserved excess. Despite the derogatory terminology, many envied the wealth and power of the upper classes. Set during this era, the new drama The Nest follows one such family seemingly living the good life. However, the story soon introduces strife within the clan and reveals the truth behind their fortune and the games being played so they can keep their heads above...

‘H is for happiness’ charms, endears viewers

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 98 minutes

Samuel Goldwyn Films will release this title in the U.S. on most VOD/digital platforms.

Making a family movie may seem like a simple task, but these films are far more difficult to create than one might initially expect. Admittedly, most are sweet-natured tales with genial, sometimes slapstick humor, a central message about believing in oneself or encouragement to set out and make the world a better place, along with a neatly tied-up happy ending. When done well, this approach is perfectly acceptable and can provide exceptional entertainment. Still, sometimes the best efforts strive to do even more, or at the very least...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for September 18, 2020

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Welcome back to yet another round of highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There are some very quirky and well-received independent efforts hitting shelves, as well as a massive number of classic flicks getting high definition upgrades. So, since you likely can’t or shouldn’t head out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!



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BECKY: A teenage girl decides to repair her relationship with her father by taking a trip with him to a remote lake house. If you’ve ever seen a horror movie before, you’ll know that nothing good can come from a plan like that. Without warning, a group of convicts looking for a place to hide...

Variables in ‘Tesla’ hurt the experiment

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Rating: «« out of 4

Running Time: 102 minutes

This movie from IFC Films is available for streaming rental on most platforms.

Biopics can be a difficult business. Condensing a complex person’s life into a couple of hours and following a conventional narrative format doesn’t give one enough time to really do justice to the subject or present a complex portrait of their experiences. Still, many try and several do manage to both entertain and enlighten. Tesla details the life of a famous and enigmatic personality who, among other discoveries, was responsible for inventing and developing the alternating current system that powers much of the world today.

Anne Morgan (Eve Hewson)...

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