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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: February 11, 2019

Following several stagnant weeks at the box office, the industry was looking to kick back into gear over the weekend. Yet even with new titles on offer — one of them the sequel to a box office blockbuster — the takings were less than encouraging.

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All the Write Moves: Velvet Buzzsaw

Cinematic satire has become something of a lost art. During the so-called “age of irony” in the 90s, the notion of presenting exaggeration as a means of revealing hypocrisy (or other social foibles) became somewhat redundant. Close to two decades lat...

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All the Write Moves: Glass

M. Night Shyamalan, modern king of the twist ending, outdid himself with the final scene of Split (2016) — his surprise hit about a serial killer with multiple personalities — by connecting the picture to Unbreakable (2000), his cult-favorite thrille...

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The Hero's Journey: Aquaman

Within the first fifteen minutes, we realize Aquaman is a superhero genre script, an origin story, and a buddy movie all rolled into two hours and 30 minutes. That is a hefty haul for most writers, but David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall h...

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All the Write Moves: If Beale Street Could Talk

Like his previous film, the Oscar-winning drama Moonlight (2016), Barry Jenkins’ new picture, If Beale Street Could Talk, might seem like a difficult artifact from which to extract screenwriting lessons. While both films have received considerable ac...

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Nosotros Youth Program

What is the future of filmmaking? If the Nosotros Youth Program has any say in it, it will look more like inclusion.

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All the Write Moves: 'Operation Finale'

Presenting the real-life story of how bold Mossad agents snuck into 1960 Argentina and captured fugitive Third Reich officer Adolf Eichmann, Operation Finale is a serviceable thriller with stylistic echoes of 2012’s Argo. Like that picture, Operation...

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5 Things Writers Can Learn From 'Better Call Saul'

Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past few years, you’re probably aware that Better Call Saul is a spin-off series from the wildly successful AMC TV series Breaking Bad.

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All the Write Moves: 'BlacKkKlansman'

An outrageous crime story based on real events, BlacKkKlansman ranks alongside director Spike Lee’s most entertaining and vital films, even though he didn’t develop the material. Producers acquired the memoir upon which the film is based, commissione...

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