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8 Awesome Family Movies To Stream On HBO

by Kaylen Summers

The Kid Who Would Be King

Old-school magic and the modern world combine when young Alex discovers the mythical sword Excalibur. His friends and enemies soon unite to become knights and join forces with the mythical wizard Merlin. Their mission is to save mankind from the evil enchantress Morgana and her supernatural warriors.

My Dog Skip

Set in Yazoo City, Mississippi in 1942, the movie is about a shy boy who is unable to make friends. Concerned, his parents gifted him a terrier puppy for his ninth birthday. He names it Skip and it grew up to become well known and loved by all of the community. This in turn helped out the life of the boy as he grows into manhood.

The Mighty Ducks

When a reckless young lawyer Gordon Bombay was arrested for drunk driving, he was assigned to coach a kids hockey team for his community service. Though Gordon had experience playing hockey, he was not eager to return back to it. However, he eventually starts to appreciate his team and train them to take on his former coach Reilly’s tough players.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Tom Popper is a successful businessman, but when it comes to the important things in life, he is clueless. However, things took a turn when he inherited six lovable penguins. Each of them has its own unique personality. Soon Tom’s New York apartment was turned into a snowy winter land, while the rest of his world turned upside-down.

Johnny English Strikes Again

A criminal mastermind has exposed the identities of all active undercover agents in Britain. With such a disaster at hand, the British secret service can now only rely on one man – Johnny English. Using yesterday’s analog methods Johny must now faces off against tomorrow’s digital technology.

The Little Rascals

Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat, and the others are the famous character from the beloved Our Gang shorts of the 1920s and 1930s. They are brought back to life in this nostalgic children’s comedy. The plot of the movie is about Alfalfa starting to question his devotion to the club’s principles. He has falling in love with the beautiful nine-year-old Darla and the rest of the gang is out to keep them apart.

The Indian in the Cupboard

Toys are meant to make our imagination go wild. But for this nine-year-old boy thing gets a little more magical. On his birthday he gets a plastic Indian and a cupboard. This gift was his key to be part of adventures where the Indian comes to life and befriends him.

The Pacifier

We have all seen Vin Diseal do some over the top stunts for the ‘family’. This time is literally doing it for the family. Shane Wolfe is a disgraced Navy SEAL who is tasked with protecting the five Plummer kids. Their recently deceased father was a government scientist whose top-secret experiment. Now, his enemies out to get the children.

 

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8 Best Movies to Stream on HBO Right Now

by Emily Keen

HBO has been on a dropping spree lately but is known to make up for what has been removed with even more intriguing features. The carousel seems to just get better and interesting. But that sure could get overwhelming if you don’t have the guide at hand and the time to weigh your choices. So here you go!

We have prepared the guide you need with 8 movies that definitely deserve a spot on your watch list:

 

  1. Leaving Neverland

Image result for leaving neverland documentaryThere is something solemnly unusual about the frames of Leaving Neverland. Be it the audible breathing and swallowing sounds filling interview segments or the allusive display of archived photos. Leaving Netherland documents the lives of victims who faced subversion by the hands of music and dance legend Michael Jackson. The documentary does not patronize the star but walks us through the darkest hallways of a predatory mind and its long term implications on the lives of victims. Many of us know Jackson’s rise as a dance icon, his struggle with racism and battle with deteriorating health owing to his skin bleaching procedures. Did battling with demons, also give rise to one? How else do you contemplate an act as grave as child molestation?

 

  1. Jane Fonda in Five Acts

Image result for Jane Fonda in Five ActsYou cannot question the altruism in someone who gets arrested for taking a stand against a global crisis. But there is still too much truth shadowed by her larger than life image and the sense of accountability that follows. The doc sees Fonda candidly narrating the high and low points of her life that made her the person she is now. Not to mention how cautiously and sincerely the film investigates the facts using real resources.

 

  1. Happy Death Day 2U

Related imageRemember the time you thought Happy Death Day ends where it ended in 2017? With Happy Death Day 2U you need to make peace with the fact that if filmmakers can resurrect dead without making it look like a big deal, they can also revive a closed story to birth a sequel out of it. Christopher Landon realized he could squeeze more out of the premise and there we have Tree getting caught in the time warp again thanks to her love interest’s pal Ryan. Turns out he caused all this quantum physics, time muddling mess in the first place. Where in the first installment, Tree finds a way out of the time loop, in the second one, Ryan messes up again to put Tree through the same misery yet again. Landon’s script is a winner and so is Rothe’s performance.

 

  1. The Mule

Image result for The MuleEarl Stone’s desperate circumstances land in a driver’s job for a Mexican drug ring. But to his misery, he is not even aware of the nature of cargo he is asked to deliver. The man does an exceptional job as a driver and that leads him to be droned by DEA agent Colin Bates. Now that he has the money, his past deeds begin to haunt him which will either land him in prison or dead at the hands of the drug lord.

 

  1. The Hurt Locker

Image result for The Hurt LockerThe human mind’s predisposition toward hardships is inadvertent. And that may well explain the Chris Hedges opening quote of the film- “War is a drug”. The film brings out the perspective in the most natural way possible. Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker rises in a typical war set up in the volatile regions of Iraq, this time solely focusing on the experiences of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, zeroed in on one specific character- James. The hothead is a master in bomb disposal but manages to keep everyone at a distance thanks to his hot dog tendencies.

 

  1. Rescue Dawn

Related imageDieter Dengler will be remembered for his great escape from the unbreakable POW camp in Laos. Warner Herzog’s commendable yet far from actuality charts the story of his break out from the impenetrable prison.

 

  1. Upgrade

Image result for upgrade movieIf you share an unprecedented liking for sci-fi and slasher movies this movie is it. Call it the soberest attempt at glorifying gore in the vein of science fiction and efficient storytelling. That’s the art director Leigh Whannell has mastered and upgrade proves it. The film overlaid on the foundation of “AI taking control of humanity” and then conveniently builds a plot with revenge fantasy. Whannell is known for his ever-evolving, gory murder tactics. You will get that a lot in this one too.

 

  1. The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Image result for The Miseducation of Cameron PostIf you haven’t guessed the gist from the title, well here it is. The “miseducation” refers to her being sent to a remote area called God’s promise to “normalize” her sexuality. This happens in response to her being caught in the back seat of a car with a prom queen. The film explores the ridiculousness of the mindsets and the terrifying effects of being labeled gay with light and humory tone.

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The Tale Review

by Utkarsh Bansal

Jennifer Fox’s The Tale stars Laura Dern as, well, Jennifer Fox. That, in a sense, is the most unsettling thing about the movie, knowing just how real this is, just how much of herself the director is baring to us. A disclaimer at the beginning cautions us that the film is certified TV-MA because it depicts rape, but we’ve seen rape on film before, and while it has been more shocking and more horrifying in other depictions, it has never been this unnerving, which is due in large part to the intimacy the director has built with her audience.

Jenny Fox is a documentarian living in a happy relationship with her longtime boyfriend (played by Common), and spends her time going through candid footage of interviews she’s taken for documentaries and teaching classes on making documentaries. One day, her mother (Ellen Burstyn) finds a story she’d written as a teenager that disturbs her, so she mails it over for Jenny to read. The story concerns her encounter one summer with two adults, Bill (Jason Ritter) and Mrs G (Elizabeth Debicki), who taught her running and horseriding respectively, and gave her an escape from her tumultuous home life.

And this is where it starts to get complicated. The adult Jenny describes these events from her recollection as benign, even positive. She claims to have had a loving, consensual relationship with an older man (Bill) when she was 15. If the age difference is called into question, her simple reply is “it was the 70s!”. But as she starts to read the story and dig in to

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