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Movies Till Dawn: Wholesome Holiday Entertainment

“Prisoners of the Ghostland” (2021,RLJE Films) In a post-apocalypse Japan which has reassembled itself as a crazy-quilt hybrid of its feudal era and the American West, the cowboy-hatted leader (Bill Moseley) of a small town sends bank robber Nicolas Cage … Continue reading

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AULCIE, a Documentary Film About the Rise, Fall, and Rebound of African-American Maccabi Tel Aviv BasketBall Club Player Aulcie Perry

**SPOILERS** AULCIE, a documentary film about the rise, fall, and rebound of African-American Maccabi Tel Aviv BasketBall Club Player Aulcie Perry was written and directed by Israeli Academy Award winner Dani Menkin of Hey Jude Productions(“39 Pounds of Love” and … Continue reading

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New Documentary Examines the History of Italian Cuisine in Los Angeles

If you’re an LA history nerd, you won’t want to miss “La Cucina Italiana in Los Angeles: An Italian & American Story.” This new documentary traces the emergence and evolution of Italian-American cuisine in the City of Angels from the … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: More Little Stabs at Happiness

“Language Lessons” (2021, Shout! Studios) Effective and affecting two-hander from director/co-writer Natalie Morales and co-writer/producer Mark Duplass, who play a Spanish teacher and her somewhat reluctant student, respectively. The entire arc of their relationship transpires over Zoom calls (Morales’ Carino … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Fun Size Sour Shriekers (Halloween 2021)

“Roh” (2019, Film Movement) The arrival of a strange little girl with a dire pronouncement sets in motion a chain of terrible events for a rural mother (Farah Ahmad) and her two children. Deceptively simple but deeply disturbing Malaysian supernatural … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Coffin Crisp Wafer Bar (Halloween 2021)

“The Stand” (2021, CBS Home Video/Paramount Home Video) Miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s sprawling apocalypse novel for CBS All Access is a vast improvement over the 1994 TV version, but still struggles to present a coherent encapsulation of the story’s … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Peanut Butter Frankencup (Halloween 2021)

“Yokai Monsters Collection” (1968-69/2005, Arrow Video) Trio of period supernatural fantasies from Daiei, home of Gamera and Majin, concerning Japan’s rich and bizarre tradition of ghosts and monsters, as well as a newer take from cult director Takashi Miike. The … Continue reading

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LA Through a Cracked Lens: Gotta Get Myself a Trendy Gold Chin Cuff! Angelina Jolie at The Immortals Premiere

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Movies Till Dawn: Chocolate Vampire Kisses (Halloween 2021 Edition)

“Kolchak: The Night Stalker  (The Complete Series)” (1974-75, Kino Lorber) Having survived a vampire in Las Vegas and an undead strangler beneath the city of Seattle, reporter Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin, still decades away from playing the Old Man from … Continue reading

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Wine Documentary “A Wonderful Kingdom” Celebrates Portuguese Traditions

The stunning mountain ranges of Portugal’s Douro Valley are the setting for “A Wonderful Kingdom,” a poetic observation of traditional winemaking in northern Portugal. This new documentary focuses on the Douro Valley, a remote area that’s the oldest demarcated wine … Continue reading

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