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'Good Boy' Melds Fertility Struggles & Judy Greer's Charm with a Killer Emotional Support Animal

Hulu’s partnership with Blumhouse to create the original series of feature-length horror episodes we know as Into the Dark has brought some excellent horror/comedy/subtle social commentary to the forefront of the streamer and to Blumhouse fans everyw...

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'Becky' Reveals Unique Anti-Hero in its Titular Character

Becky is a fairly predictable thriller/horror piece reminiscent of both Hard Candy and Funny Games. The film truly shines in the performance of titular character Becky, played by Lulu Wilson. Wilson is a star in the making; an actor you cannot take y...

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5 Takeaways: Insecure Season 4

Issa Rae’s Insecure, now in its fourth season, has truly hit its stride. Rae is excellent at creating characters you root for even when they’re in the wrong—or too busy making mistakes to realize how they might be breaking someone else’s heart. While...

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5 Takeaways: 'I May Destroy You'

I May Destroy You is a dark comedy about sexual assault that is both powerful and endlessly watchable. Part of why it works so well is the backstory crafted by creator-star Michaela Coel, of Chewing Gum fame. Coel plays Arabella, who must piece toget...

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Remembering Screenwriter Jas Waters' Illustrious, Varied Career

Screenwriter Jas Waters, known to many of her friends and peers as JasFly (also her Twitter moniker), has unexpectedly passed away. Waters, who wrote on both This is Us and Jim Carrey’s Kidding, was just thirty-nine years old. No cause of death has b...

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Five Takeaways: New Initiatives to Amplify Black Voices

The world has shifted since the last Five Takeaways was published. George Floyd’s death and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests are changing the political landscape before our eyes. There is a new normal, and imagining returning to the old is ...

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‘BINGE - How to Lose Weight in an Apocalypse' Creatively Tackles Quarantine

Binge is an indie pilot that originally debuted to a rabid fan base in 2016. The original show went viral on YouTube and quickly amassed over 1.5 million views, which is particularly impressive for a full-length piece on a platform that loves short-f...

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'The Lovebirds' is a Great Screenwriting Lesson in Genre Melding

New screenwriters are often told “know your genre” or “brand yourself by sticking to a genre.” Netflix’s current No. 1 film The Lovebirds is a great study in throwing the rules out the window; it effortlessly blends romantic comedy, broad comedy, mur...

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Like a Good Jazz Song, 'The Eddy' is Loose, Unrefined and Will Hit You Right in the Heart

The Eddy opens as any good jazz song should, and with some signature Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) style—multilayered. A tense jazz song is simultaneously presented to us the audience, as well as to an agent on screen looking to sign talent....

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