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The 10 Best Films of 2023
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The 10 Best Films of 2023

It's time to take a look at the best films of 2023. I managed to view over 120 new releases this year and there was a lot to love. Despite the Writers Guild and Screen Actors Guild striking this year, there was a wide array of movies to choose from. The true impact from those strikes will not likely be felt until next year, although the box office of several releases this year were likely less than they could have been due to a lack of promotion. It wasn't all doom and gloom for the overall business - 8 feature films crossed the $200 million mark in ticket sales and 'Barbie' ended up grossing over $636 million domestically. The films below weren't necessarily the biggest hits, but they are the ones that have lingered the most in my mind. Emma Stone stars in 'Poor Things,'...
ICYMI: ‘Rye Lane’ is a Refreshingly Creative Meet-Cute (Review)
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ICYMI: ‘Rye Lane’ is a Refreshingly Creative Meet-Cute (Review)

'Rye Lane' is the debut feature from director Raine Allen-Miller. Earlier this fall, the it led the pack with a whopping 16 nominations at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA). While attending a friend's art exhibition, Dom (David Jonsson) breaks down in a gender-neutral bathroom. His long-term girlfriend Gia has cheated on him with his best friend and Dom just can't take it anymore. He feels safe to have an isolated cry in the bathroom, but Yas (Vivian Oparah) overhears him in the stall next door. The two cross paths later while checking out their mutual friend's artwork on display and Yas clocks Dom by noticing it was his shoes under the bathroom stall. But Yas has recently gotten out of a relationship too and, although she plays it cool, it was also a difficult experience...
Timely Sci-Fi Thriller ‘The Creator’ is a Visual Marvel (Review)
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Timely Sci-Fi Thriller ‘The Creator’ is a Visual Marvel (Review)

'The Creator' is set in the not-so-distant future. In 2070, humans are at war with artificial intelligence. Director Gareth Edwards has a knack for crafting inventive sci-fi thrillers that look far more expensive than their actual budgets. In 2010, he made a film called 'Monsters' that was made for under $500,000 using consumer-grade software and edited on a laptop. It didn't make a lot of money at the box office, but managed to get the attention of Hollywood. It led to him rebooting the Godzilla franchise in 2014 and helming 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' in 2016. Gareth Edwards' 'The Creator' (Courtesy of 20th Century Studios) With this latest film, he took $80 million and, yet again, made it look like a film with a much higher budget. There may not be any shots in the fi...
What to Watch: December 2023 Streaming Preview
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What to Watch: December 2023 Streaming Preview

If you’re looking for something new on streaming in December we’ve got you covered. Check out some of our picks for what you should add to your December streaming watchlist! What are you most excited to see? Newly Available on VOD this December The Holdovers (PVOD, available now) Killers Of The Flower Moon (PVOD, December 5) The Persian Version (December 5) Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer (December 5) Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (PVOD, December 13) The Delinquents (December 13) Immediate Family (December 15) Priscilla (PVOD, December 15) Trolls: Band Together (PVOD, December 19) Anatomy of a Fall (December 22) Not yet scheduled, but likely: Silent Night https://youtu.be/AhKLpJmHhIg?si=Jj-hksVnF2xQmk6T *PVOD titles are fresh from thea...
Best Streaming Deals for Black Friday
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Best Streaming Deals for Black Friday

Black Friday has plenty of great deals to offer if you're looking to try a new streaming service. How can you find the best deals? Look no further than our handy round-up! Hulu / Disney+ One of the best deals going is over at Hulu where you can get their ad-supported service for just 99 cents per month for a full year. This saves you 87% per month! There is also an option that gives you Disney+ (with ads) for an additional $2 per month for 12 months. Check out both offers here. Anybody who is a new customer or who has not had an active subscription in the last 30 days is eligible. This pricing expires on November 28. If you already have Hulu, they are currently offering Starz as an add-on for $1/month for 6 months. In addition to all of the on-demand content, this al...
What to Watch: November 2023 Streaming Preview
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What to Watch: November 2023 Streaming Preview

If you’re looking for something new on streaming in November we’ve got you covered. 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 The Kill Room (available now) Dumb Money (Digital purchase only, November 7, rental on November 21) Scrapper (November 7) Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (November 7) Dicks: The Musical (PVOD, November 10) The Other Zoey (November 10) The Creator (PVOD, November 17) Oppenheimer (November 21 - get ready for 'Barbenheimer' at home!) Five Nights at Freddy's (November 28, available now on Peacock) https://youtu.be/bmr8YmwnZ3w?si=qgn3kqGkKJDDZ9rl *PVOD titles are fresh from theatrical release and generally rent...
What to Watch: October 2023 Streaming Preview
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What to Watch: October 2023 Streaming Preview

If you’re looking for something new on streaming in October we’ve got you covered. Per usual, the month is packed with horror movies to bring the scares for Halloween! Check out some of our picks for what you should add to your October streaming watchlist! What are you most excited to see? Megan Suri stars in 'It Lives Inside' (NEON) Newly Available on VOD this October The Equalizer 3 (PVOD, October 3) The Nun II (PVOD, October 3) Joan Baez: I Am A Noise (October 6) Fremont (October 10) It Lives Inside (PVOD, October 10) Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One (PVOD, October 10) The Lost Weekend: A Love Story (October 13) The Origin of Evil (October 13) The Miracle Club (October 17) https://youtu.be/wu8CzVfik-4?si=u_3yEIkI50UBII_P *PVOD...
What to Watch: September 2023 Streaming Preview
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What to Watch: September 2023 Streaming Preview

If you’re looking for something new on streaming in September we’ve got you covered. Check out some of our picks for what you should add to your September streaming watchlist! What are you most excited to see? Newly Available on VOD this September The Elephant Six Recording Co. (available now) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (PVOD, available now) The Adults (PVOD, September 5) Strays (PVOD, September 5) Landscape With Invisible Hand (PVOD, September 8) Barbie (PVOD, September 12) Final Cut (September 12) The Unknown Country (September 12) Dreamin' Wild (September 26) https://youtu.be/PCzXf5ZiE3k?si=E5VzX62RRvKb72kU *PVOD titles are fresh from theatrical release and generally rent or sell digitally for $19.99 (or higher). All...
What to Watch: August 2023 Streaming Preview
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What to Watch: August 2023 Streaming Preview

If you’re looking for something new on streaming in August we’ve got you covered. Check out some of our picks for what you should add to your August streaming watchlist! What are you most excited to see? Newly Available on VOD this August Spider-Man Across The Spider-Verse (PVOD, August 8) Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis) (August 8) The YouTube Effect (August 8) Cobweb (August 11) Elemental (PVOD, August 15) Kokomo City (August 15) The Lesson (August 15) No Hard Feelings (PVOD, August 15) Two Tickets to Greece (August 22) The Boogeyman (August 29) https://youtu.be/-OYQNAk_krQ *PVOD titles are fresh from theatrical release and generally rent or sell digitally for $19.99 (or higher). All dates subject to change. Criterion Chan...
‘Sanctuary’ Delivers Succession Through an S&M Lens (Review)
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‘Sanctuary’ Delivers Succession Through an S&M Lens (Review)

Zachary Wigon's sophomore feature 'Sanctuary' is a dialogue-driven erotic thriller that harkens back to the best work of Neil LaBute. Set almost entirely inside a hotel room, the film explores the dark and twisted dynamic between a dominatrix named Rebecca (Margaret Qualley) and her soon-to-be ex-client, Hal (Christopher Abbott). Hal is the heir to a hotel empire and on the path to becoming CEO after the death of his father. But he has his fair share of secrets and Rebecca knows them all. How can he move forward professionally when she holds all the cards? We spend one full night with Rebecca and Hal as he hires her for what he intends to be their last session. The Verdict 'Sanctuary' feels like it began as a stage play. We get two characters and a war of words f...