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STREAMING REVIEW: ‘Extraordinary Tales’ A Fun And Lukewarm Tribute To Poe

The pool of animated films for adults has steadily been increasing with “Persepolis,” “Beowulf” and the latest “Anomalisa.” Tack on “Extraordinary Tales,” an anthology of five works by Edgar Allen Poe that’s been reimagined by Raul Garcia, whose credits include “The Lion King,” “Tarzan” and “Hercules.” In “Extraordinary Tales,” a crow named Poe, swoops into a…
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STREAMING REVIEW: Get Uncomfortable With ‘(Dis)Honesty’

Everybody lies. That’s the main thread in documentary “(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies.” Through interviews with philosophers, psychiatrists and marketing reps, this documentary gets to the heart of BS. Some pros: a philosopher shares his decision to not tell his kids about Santa Claus or the tooth fairy and a mother talks about hiding a…
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IN THEATERS: Learn To Live From The Dead In ‘Swiss Army Man’

With films like “The Lobster,” “Ex Machina” and “Room,” studio A24 is quickly becoming one to trust if you’re looking for something imaginative, in-depth and soul-stirring. Its latest is “Swiss Army Man,” a comedic, philosophical powerhouse that opens Friday at Zinema 2. In it, Hank (Paul Dano) is lost at sea and ready to hang…
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STREAMING REVIEW: ‘Unexpected’ Delivers A Bundle Of Surprises

“Unexpected” aims to blaze a new trail of teacher-helps-student-out-of-the-classroom movies. In it, inner-city teacher Samantha (Cobie Smulders) gets unexpectedly pregnant. It’s bad timing because her school’s closing at the end of the year, and she doesn’t have another gig lined up, though she frequently views an online posting for her dream job. Her favorite distraction…
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STREAMING REVIEW: Step Into The Mind Of Comic Genius Barry Crimmins In ‘Call Me Lucky’

“Call Me Lucky” catches up with comedian/political satirist/advocate Barry Crimmins, the passionate and biting man who revolutionized standup comedy before the internet. Directed by fellow performer Bobcat Goldthwait, this documentary looks at how Crimmins gave comics a place to perform and it goes deep into Crimmins’ history and is appropriately peppered with comic touches. From…
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