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'The Art of Self-Defense' Satirizes Toxic Masculinity

'The Art of Self-Defense' Satirizes Toxic Masculinity

In the 1984 feel-good flick The Karate Kid, a teenager stands up to a bully and triumphs. Writer-director Riley Stearns (Faults, The Club) puts a serious spin on that narrative with his new dark comedy The Art of Self-Defense, an offbeat movie that created a sensation when it debuted at South by Southwest earlier this year.

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Disney's 'The Lion King' Remake Has Little Going for It

Billed as a "photorealistic computer-animated musical drama film," The Lion King, the latest Disney remake, takes the 1994 animated film of the same name and...

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A Few Good One-Liners Can’t Redeem 'Stuber'

“You were built for justice, and I was built for brunch,” Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) tells Vic (Dave Bautista) in the new comedy Stuber, which...

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'Wild Rose' Can't Take the Country Out of the Girl

There's not much to criticize in the country-music-infused Scottish working-class drama Wild Rose. Nor, however, is there much to get overly enthused about. Rose-Lynn (Jessie...

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The New Film Adaption of YA Novel 'Saving Zoe' Tackles Sex Trafficing Head On

More than a decade ago, actresses Vanessa and Laura Marano, teenagers at the time, convinced their mother to option the rights to Alyson Noel's award-winning...

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Here’s the Schedule for the Upcoming Cleveland Cinemas Rock Doc Series

Starting on Thursday, July 11, with a screening of The Cure’s Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park concert film, Cleveland Cinemas will host a...

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'Midsommar' Lovin,' Had Me a Blast

Of all the extravagant, ritualistic horrors that ultimately befall the five grad-student protagonists in Midsommar, very few occur under cover of darkness. Writer-director Ari...

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Holland, Gyllenhaal Keep the Marvel Magic Alive in 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'

Even if you’re tired of seeing Spider-Man remakes, you should stick around for Spider-Man: Far From Home, which features Tom Holland’s (Peter Parker) endearingly...

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Clever Rom-Com 'Yesterday' Imagines a World Without the Fab Four

It's arguably tougher than ever to become a successful musician. While social media can help spread the good word, there's way more competition than there...

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Toni Morrison is in the Spotlight in Uplifting Documentary

Toni Morrison may be the most hypnotic speaker among any living writer. It's not only the precision and care with which she chooses her words;...

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Akron's Nightlight Cinema to Celebrate Its Fifth Anniversary with a Gala Event

In the midst of celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Nightlight Cinema, an independent theater in Akron, has set a fundraising goal of $15,000 this...

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Cinematheque to Screen Kurosawa Classic that Inspired Star Wars

Next Saturday, June 29, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque will screen the 1958 Akira Kurosawa classic The Hidden Fortress, one of the major...

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Classic Pixar Franchise Delivers Yet Again in Fourth Installment

Launched way back in 1995, Toy Story has become one of Pixar's most successful franchises. Now, some 20 years later, the studio returns to the...

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'Heaven on Earth' Vocals and More on Display in 'Pavarotti' Documentary

The golden pipes and rotund frame of Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007) are on rich and repeated display in the new biographical documentary Pavarotti. It...

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'Toy Story 4'-Themed RV Coming to Crocker Park on Tuesday

An RV figures prominently in the forthcoming Pixar film Toy Story 4. And to build anticipation for the film (it arrives in theaters on...

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This is a Movie Review About the New Jim Jarmusch Film, 'The Dead Don't Die'

Shortly into the second or third scene of the Jim Jarmusch meta zombie comedy The Dead Don't Die, singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson's "The Dead Don't Die,"...

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Emma Thompson Shines in 'Late Night,' the Feel-Good Film of the Month

Late Night, written by The Office and The Mindy Project writer-star Mindy Kaling and starring Kaling alongside Her Majesty Emma Thompson, is a buttery, oven-ready...

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Film About Local Activist Sister Catherine Walsh to Premiere in Akron Next Week

A Catholic nun, "Sister" Catherine Walsh acts like a sister to the people in her life and treats like her own family. The new...

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Mother and Daughter Shine, but Talky 'Souvenir' Falls Flat

There's some fantastic dialogue in The Souvenir, a talk-heavy new drama from British writer-director Joanna Hogg. While the film features solid acting performances and a great...

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'The Burial of Kojo' is a Nuanced Tale That's Particular to Ghana, but Still Universal

A young girl in Ghana must plumb her considerable magical-spiritual resources to track down her missing father in The Burial of Kojo, a vibrant debut...

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Here’s the Schedule for the Capitol Theatre’s Third Annual Pride Month Film Series

The Capitol Theatre has just announced that its third annual Pride Month Film Series will begin on Tuesday with a screening of the newly...

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'Rocketman' Doesn't Focus Enough on Elton John's Musical Accomplishments

Throughout a career that stretches back decades, flamboyant singer-songwriter Elton John has sold millions of records and played to stadiums full of fans. A...

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