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Catch the 13th Annual DOC NYC Festival Virtually
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Catch the 13th Annual DOC NYC Festival Virtually

DOC NYC has wrapped up its 13th year of in-person screenings, but the virtual edition is running now through Sunday, November 27. For just $125, you can buy an online film pass that will give you access to over 90 feature films and 100 shorts, easily streaming to anybody in the United States. Don't think you can make it through that many movies? No worries! Individual screenings are $12 or you can buy a 5-ticket pack for $45 and a 10-ticket pack for $80. Last year, I opted for a 5-ticket pack, but this year I knew I had more time on my hands and went for the 10-ticket package myself. What to Watch Here are some of the highlights of my viewing over the last week that I recommend you check out: Queen of the Deuce - Chelly Wilson's life from being a young Jew escaping ...
‘Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues’ is Remarkable Portrait of Jazz Legend (Review)
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‘Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues’ is Remarkable Portrait of Jazz Legend (Review)

Louis Armstrong was one of the founding fathers of jazz, rising to great prominence despite the obstacles of early fame during segregation. Wayne Shorter narrates this revealing new documentary from Sacha Jenkins ('Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James'). Nas also adds his voice to narrate sequences as Armstrong. Louis Armstrong in 'Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues,' now streaming on Apple TV+. Louis Armstrong's life and career is traced back to his early days in New Orleans and follows him to Chicago and, ultimately, New York. The film illustrates how fame did not protect Armstrong from prevalent racism. Armstrong discusses playing sold out shows for white audiences but not being allowed to come in through the main entrance. Fellow New Orleans musician Wynton Marsal...
Hold Off On That ‘Ticket to Paradise’ (Review)
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Hold Off On That ‘Ticket to Paradise’ (Review)

'Ticket to Paradise' was exactly what I thought I was looking for this week: a mindless counterpoint to the terminal frustration of the midterm elections. British director Ol Parker ('Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again') brings together two of the world's most beautiful people (Julia Roberts & George Clooney) in one of the world's most beautiful places (Bali) to be beautiful together. What more could you want? A better script for starters. George Clooney and Julia Roberts star in 'Ticket to Paradise' (Universal Pictures) Georgia (Roberts) and David (Clooney) are bitterly divorced and don't even like to be in the same room together. Imagine the comedy that ensues when their daughter Lily (Kaitlyn Dever) neglects to tell them they'll be seated next to each other at her law school...
What to Watch: November 2022 Streaming Preview
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What to Watch: November 2022 Streaming Preview

If you’re looking for something new on streaming in November, we’ve got you covered. Maybe you want to sit down with a brand new release to rent on VOD? If you’d rather check out something that has just hit a service you already subscribe to, we’ve got you covered there too. Check out some of our picks for what you should add to your November streaming watchlist! What are you most excited to see? Newly Available on VOD this November I'm Totally Fine (available now)Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Plantasm (November 8)Meet Me In The Bathroom (November 8, review)Terrifier 2 (November 11)Moonage Daydream (November 15)Smile (November 15)Bad Axe (November 18, review)The Good House (November 22) https://youtu.be/t49CW-lZ25Y AMC+ (includes IFC Films Unlimited and Shudder) Bo...
A24 is Serving a $6 Halloween Horror Marathon
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A24 is Serving a $6 Halloween Horror Marathon

Indie stalwart A24 has become known for releasing some of the boldest and edgiest genre films around. Just in time for spooky season, they're offering a bargain virtual marathon that will allow you to stream six of their best releases from the last few years in one handy purchase from now through Halloween. For a mere $6, you'll have access all weekend to: The Witch (dir: Robert Eggers)Lamb (dir: Valdimar Johannsson)Hereditary (dir: Ari Aster)Saint Maud (dir: Rose Glass)Midsommar (dir: Ari Aster)Green Room (dir: Jeremy Saulnier) After you buy a ticket on the website, all six films will be available to view until Midnight PT on October 31 through the A24 Screening Room (which has Apple TV and Roku apps for television viewing). https://youtu.be/EXs2-TY9qok https:/...
‘Wendell & Wild’ Delivers Black Girl Magic (Review)
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‘Wendell & Wild’ Delivers Black Girl Magic (Review)

'Wendell & Wild' is an inspired collaboration between Henry Selick ('The Nightmare Before Christmas') and Jordan Peele ('Nope') Based on an unpublished short story that Selick wrote about two demon brothers, Wendell (Keegan-Michael Key) and Wild (Peele) recruit a troubled teenage girl named Kat (Lyric Ross) to help them rise to the Land of the Living. When she was younger, Kat's parents died in car accident that she blames herself for causing. Unceremoniously dumped in the Rust Bank Catholic School for Girls after years in foster homes and juvenile detention, Kat resists making new friends. WENDELL & WILD - Cr. Netflix © 2022 Eventually she discovers that it is going to take literal Black girl magic to survive her stay at the school. Chosen as a "hellmaiden" by Wende...
Human Beings: We’re Finally a Community Again. #sixseasonsandamovie 
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Human Beings: We’re Finally a Community Again. #sixseasonsandamovie 

Human Beings– it’s time. We’re heading back to Greendale. The Community movie is here. #sixseasonsandamovie  The Community Movie as Announced via Twitter: https://twitter.com/CommunityTV/status/1575856260850733057 https://twitter.com/joelmchale/status/1575852929415671808?s=20&t=OyNNAN01H8jzdgdLHVAlOw September closed out with the best possible news. The cult favorite comedy, Community, announced via Twitter that its prophesied movie is happening, at long last. With the announcement came confirmation that many of the original cast members are already on board, including Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, and Jim Rash. The original series' creator, Dan Harmon, is also returning to franchise, as well as the or...
Maika Monroe Shines in ‘Watcher’ (Review)
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Maika Monroe Shines in ‘Watcher’ (Review)

Maika Monroe first caught my attention with a double shot of incredible performances in 2014's 'The Guest' and 'It Follows.' She's had a little less success with finding the right roles since then, but a recent binge of scary movies for October leads me to recommend this thriller that she stars in that was written and directed by Chloe Okuno. Maika Monroe stars in 'Watcher' (IFC Midnight) In 'Watcher,' Monroe plays Julia, a woman who has relocated to Bucharest with her husband Francis (Karl Glusman) for his new job. Mostly left to her own devices, Julia is excited for her new surroundings, but stuck in a manner of being unable to communicate and feeling isolated. A slate of murders in the area start to permeate daily life and before long Julia becomes convinced that a man w...
What to Watch: October 2022 Streaming Preview
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What to Watch: October 2022 Streaming Preview

If you’re looking for something new on streaming in October, we’ve got you covered. Maybe you want to sit down with a brand new release to rent on VOD? If you’d rather check out something that has just hit a service you already subscribe to, we’ve got you covered there too. Across every platform, there are plenty of new and original horror films to keep you scared all month long. Check out some of our picks for what you should add to your October streaming watchlist! What are you most excited to see? Javier Bardem stars in 'The Good Boss' (Cohen Media) Newly Available on VOD this October Billy Flanigan: The Happiest Man on Earth (available now)Emily The Criminal (available now)The Good Boss (available now)Jeepers Creepers: Reborn (available now)The Silent Twins (available...
‘The Greatest Beer Run Ever’ Falls Short (Review)
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‘The Greatest Beer Run Ever’ Falls Short (Review)

Peter Farrelly's follow-up to his mawkish Best Picture winner 'Green Book' is a more interesting film, but I'm not sure 'The Greatest Beer Run Ever' is a good movie. Actually, I'm quite positive that it isn't, but it is an inherently watchable one. That has everything to do with Zac Efron, who makes a rather unlikeable character surprisingly sympathetic. He plays John "Chickie" Donohue, a merchant Marine in 1967 New York City who concocts a rather ridiculous plan while out shittalking at the bar with his buddies. Zac Efron brings his buddy a PBR in 'The Greatest Beer Run Ever' (Apple TV+) From the Five Boroughs to Da Nang If this wasn't based on a true story, you'd be forgiven for thinking the plot was absurd. Chickie makes a plan to go to Vietnam and deliver cans of Pab...