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Freaks

You don’t so much watch Freaks as you do discover it.  As the writers and directors of this terrific flick, Zach Lipovsky (co-producer of Afflicted) and Adam Stein do a good job building anticipation in their sci-fi/thriller.  Each scene contains clues, and it’s up to the audience to piece the film’s premise together up until the somewhat typical finale.

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Brittany Runs a Marathon

By: Jolie Featherstone Paul Downs Colaizzo’s directorial debut, Brittany Runs a Marathon, offers a progressive and empathetic take on a classic storyline that has historically had insidious effects on our view of body image.  The film packs an emotional punch in its ambition to tell a compassionate fable reminding us that everyone walks (er…runs) their own journey in life.

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Falling Inn Love

After losing her high-paying job and dumping her emotionally distant boyfriend, Gabriela Diaz (Christina Milian) receives a contest in her e-mail to “win an inn” located in New Zealand (yes, you read that correctly).  Along with a minor entry fee, online users are encouraged to send in an essay about why they deserve an inn.  Without even questioning the possibilities of spam or a scam, Gabriela knocks back a couple of bottles of white wine…

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Road to the Lemon Grove

Road to the Lemon Grove is at its best when it indulges fully in its love affair with Sicily.  Montages of food in market stalls, picturesque coastlines, narrow streets, fruit trees, donkeys – these are the most pleasurable moments in the film.  Unfortunately, they are all too frequently interrupted by a forced plot, underdeveloped characters, and an awkward premise.

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The Secret Life of Pets 2

Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures have had luck with short films that star popular characters from their franchises;  most notably those minions from the Despicable Me series.  This success with the short-form platform is experimented with in The Secret Life of Pets 2, the feature-length sequel to 2016’s hit family film.

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The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Peanut Butter Falcon is an outstanding example of how filmmakers can make an in-the-moment crowd-pleaser and push it towards being a timeless classic.  Written and directed by Tyler Nilson and Mike Schwartz, The Peanut Butter Falcon is a road movie that plays as a contemporary take on American fables;  filled with recovering characters that are all endearing in their own ways.