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Side hustle drama 'Take Out Girl' dispels the myth of the model minority

TAKE OUT GIRL is about a twenty-something girl Tera (Hedy Wong), who drops out of college to help her single mother run a struggling Chinese restaurant. Feeling imprisoned by poverty and a lack of options, Tera takes a dangerous job for a drug lord i...

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'High Ground' shows the richness and brutality of Australia's history

The origins of High Ground are found in the landscapes of Northern Australia where its director, Stephen Maxwell Johnson, grew up, and therefore the story's time period and concept hold deep meaning for him.

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: Billy Crystal’s new film ‘Here Today’ deals with aging, heartbreak and humor

It’s been 20 years since Billy Crystal has written or directed a film (America’s Sweethearts and 61*, respectively) but it took watching an old friend regale David Letterman with a tale on TV that inspired the new film Here Today.

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'Finding You' feels like a classic destination romance with some fun twists

Finding You originally stemmed from the 2011 novel There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones. Director Brian Baugh fell in love with the book after one of the film's executive producers brought him the novel. Baugh said he and the EP were both super exc...

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History of TV: Studying sci-fi with ‘The 100’

It’s been a while since we’ve gone dark in this space, so we’re going there this week with The 100. What I love about sci-fi so much is its ability to deal with real-world issues through the filter of otherworldliness. The moral and ethical lessons a...

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'Locked In' with writer-director Carlos Gutierrez

Mena Suvari stars as Maggie, a single mom of a teenage daughter who has taken one wrong turn after another, leading her to live hand-to-mouth in a rundown motel, working at a self-storage facility. Living in fear and desperate for money, Maggie makes...

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'The Reckoning' highlights the importance of feminism in horror

Disclaimer: I’m a fan of Neil Marshall’s prior work; specifically, the feature The Descent. For me, it’s brutal in all the right ways.

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: 'Wrath of Man'

Wrath of Man is Guy Ritchie's latest film, co-written with Ivan Atkison and Marn Davies and based on the 2004 French film Cash Truck by Nicolas Boukhrief and Éric Besnard, it also sees Ritchie collaborating again with action star Jason Statham who ca...

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Childhood-friends-turned-filmmakers David Charbonier and Justin Powell on their film 'The Djinn'

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing the writing-directing team of the upcoming supernatural horror, The Djinn. Set in present-day, The Djinn follows a non-verbal boy trapped in his apartment with a sinister demon after making an innocent wis...

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