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Sequel Even Better Than the Original

Movies: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

For movie producers and distributors, sequels are a sure thing. Bean counters can pretty much depend on a second movie bringing in nearly as much money as the first one did, and maybe even more.
For moviegoers, though, sequels are a mixed bag at best. Some series experience a slow (or not-so-slow) decline in imagination, care, and talent until they finally peter out into insignificance.
With other series, the makers try to up the ante from installment to installment, which results in more action, more explosions, and less real thought in each succeeding chapter.

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‘Incredibles 2’ Was Worth the Wait

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We waited for over 10 years. But it was worth it.
“The Incredibles 2” picks up right where the first movie left off; the Incredibles have just witnessed a villain emerge, literally, from underground.. But as they squabble over who gets to help save the day and who has to stay with baby Jack-Jack (who has his own alarmingly unpredictable powers, and none of them knows yet,) the plan goes awry, and the enemy gets away. 

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If You Need a Hug, This Film Is for You

Movies: ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’

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Bloody Cocktails at Troutbeck’s Film Night

Movies: ‘Suspiria’

There remains a certain electric magic in live cinema. Here in the Northwest Corner, Cindy Heslin and Jeff Palfini of Cornwall run The Boondocks Film Society, bringing a blend of block party socializing and film appreciation to us. Over the summer the Society will host a different film once a month at a distinct venue, along with themed cocktails, food, and live music.
On June 29  at Troutbeck in Amenia the Society will screen Dario Argento’s 1977 “Suspiria” with blood-red cocktails. 

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Schrader’s Transcendental Style Over Substance

Movie: ‘First Reformed’

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André Leon Talley’s True Story

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Sex, Lies, Religion and Lesbians

Movies: 'Disobedience'

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‘RBG’ Tribute Rules In Her Favor

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Ruth Bader Ginsberg was the second woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The first woman, Sandra Day O’Connor, never received the attention or attained the fame of this Brooklyn born lawyer. The 97-minute movie, “RBG,” directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West, chronicles her life story. It is quite a story.
You know it is going to be enormously favorable by the movie poster subtitle where she is described with the words — Hero. Icon. Dissenter.

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Rachel Weisz and More at BIFF

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No Home In A Cruel America

Movies: ‘Lean On Pete’

Horse movies occupy a special place in the pantheon of animal cinema. Dog stories are lessons in loyalty, but horse stories are about transformation, and an almost spiritual connection with a larger force. At the most awkward, unlikely time of their life, a young boy or girl, through a kind of divine intervention, will encounter a magnificent, often untamed stallion who will test the child’s resolve and  gift them with a unequivocal sense of trust. It is the intensity and romance of this bond that will carry the child victoriously into maturity.

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