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Fans of “The Matrix” trilogy will recognize, early on, that there are some similarities between those films and “Bliss.” Both are about certain people having choices of living in two different existences. Both involve ingesting special drugs to go from one “place” to the other. Both feature …

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“Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you/ When you get where you’re going, don’t forget turn back around/ And help the next one in line/ Always stay humble and kind.”

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Thanks to folklore and TV reality shows such as "Ghost Adventures," " Ghost Nation" and "Ghost Hunters," searching out the world’s most haunted places and researching paranormal activity have become a favorite activity in today’s culture. According to a recent YouGov survey, more than 4 in 1…

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If the kind of movie that you enjoy watching is one that presents a few characters, tosses them together to tell a story, and gets you emotionally involved, then “Palmer” could be for you. But if those characters aren’t developed enough to understand their motivations, if the gears that turn…

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Here’s what “The Little Things” is, and what it isn’t. It’s a serial killer drama about a couple of cops on the trail of who they think is committing the crimes. It’s not an exploitative story that shows the horrific murders happening. It spells out how the two cops, each of them with very d…

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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have just begun their terms, and the challenges heading into the future are many. Here a few political podcasts that will help get you caught up on the news of the day or give you the chance to take a deep dive on the political decisions t…

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“The Little Things” is a drama about two cops trying to solve a series of murders, and how personal obsessions with the cases get in the way of them doing their jobs. Those two cops - played by Denzel Washington and Rami Malek - hold every bit of every viewer’s attention with deeply interior…

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You’d swear Ramin Bahrami caught a screening of “Slumdog Millionaire,” took exception to its eight Oscar wins, and decided to craft an India-based rags-to-riches story of his own, albeit about 50 shades darker and far more realistic. That’s “The White Tiger” at its most basic, but there’s mo…

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Growing up in the 60s and 70s, I remember Peter Mark Richman was always on television, guest starring in sci-fi classics such as “The Twilight Zone” and “The Outer Limits” or westerns like “Gunsmoke” and “Bonanza.” But the prolific actor, who died Jan. 14 at age 93, almost took an entirely d…

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The abbreviated 2021 NHL season just got underway. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the season will be shortened to 56 games and will feature new division realignments to limit travel across the U.S.-Canada border. One division will be comprised of the NHL’s Canadian teams (North), while th…

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A life hack is defined as any trick, shortcut, skill or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in any walk of life. When most people think of a life hack, they think of tricks to fold a fitted sheet or using a carabiner to haul several bags of groceries into the house. To…

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Regina King has had a phenomenal run as a performer for the past three decades, with plenty of one-off appearances in both films and TV shows. Playing the wife of Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character in “Jerry Maguire” is generally accepted as her big break. Then her acting career took off with part…

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Sometimes a writer comes up with a project premise so delightful, you find yourself seeking out a dermatologist to treat an outbreak of goosebumps. Terry Ray’s web series "TV Therapy" may fall into that category for fans of classic television.

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Forget the ludicrous mini-series “Tiger King,” which premiered right around the same time as the pandemic hit America. Forget Tony the Tiger, whose voice and visage have sold millions of boxes of Frosted Flakes. Forget, if you’re an old hippie, Tiger Balm, the cooling, menthol-infused cream …

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There’s a special sort of small British film that doesn’t have a precise label, but often has adjectives such as feelgood or laidback attached to it. Top of my head: “Waking Ned Devine,” “Calendar Girls,” “The Full Monty,” “Happy-Go-Lucky.” Frequently they’re much more about characters and w…

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Many people have been looking forward to the New Year and getting a fresh start despite the pandemic still surging around the globe. According to a recent poll conducted by Offers.com, only 3% of U.S. adults said they didn’t have plans to make any resolutions in 2021. Although 2021 will be d…

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Mariah Carey rang in 2020 last January when her holiday smash, “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” was spending its third week atop Billboard’s Hot 100.

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Though, due to the pandemic, I had no in-person interviews with actors or directors in 2020, many still made themselves available to talk about their films via phone calls or Zoom chats. The trick to interviewing was still the same: Get subjects to relax, and open up. These are some of my fa…

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During a “normal” year, I tend to see between 150 and 170 new movies, most of them at cinemas. During the peculiar year of 2020, I just missed the 100 mark. Eleven of them were in cinemas, the rest were either DVDs or links I watched on my TV or my desktop computer. I sure do miss the majest…

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When the presents have all been unwrapped and the holiday family meal has been consumed, you might find yourself with a little extra free time as many families have forgone family outings in favor of staying home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few long-form podcasts that you can get …

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As 2020 winds down its grim medical, social and political march across the country, Hollywood also experienced its annual share of heartbreak with the passing of three movie legends: Kirk Douglas and Olivia de Havilland - both born in 1916 - and the universally loved Sean Connery who died at…

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Leave it to Tom Hanks to enliven a dry, dusty Western like “News of the World.” Without him, the latest effort from Brit writer-director Paul Greengrass would be as empty and decrepit as a West Texas ghost town. With him, humanity and energy pour forth from an actor who’s cornered the market…