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When thinking about the first cavemen and their families, garish colors that look like a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper exploded on screen do not come to mind.

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“The Nest” is a drama that follows the O’Hara family as they embark upon the next chapter in their family journey.

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“The Last Vermeer” is a worthy film contrasting man’s destructive compunctions vs. mankind’s artistic nature, as one man’s search for justice becomes another man’s path toward survival.

“Coded Bias” is a powerful punch of reality as Joy Buolamwini fights for equity in our systems and calls attention to a hidden but very important flaw in our society. Couple this documentary with Netflix’s “The Social Dilemma” and you will begin to understand the uphill battle we now face due to coded psychology and coded bias.

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“The Climb’s” title is also a call to viewers to take a chance on this small film, to climb out of your COVID-19/post-election funk and take a chance on this worthwhile film – it will help restore your emotional cadence.

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As genre mashups go, successfully blending horror and comedy is a tricky task, but “Freaky” turns out to be a real treat.

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In the American West in the early 1950s, retired sheriff George Blackledge (Kevin Costner) and his wife Margaret (Diane Lane), set out to find their only grandson, 3, who is now living with her mother and stepdad in North Dakota.

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Sports elicit many emotions from their fans from, “. . . the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat.” Philadelphia is a unique city with unique people and, yes, unique fans. According to some, they “learn to boo before cheer.” They are known as the worst sports fans and are the only city to have a jail in their stadium.

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After making a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, a young refugee couple struggle to adjust to their new life in a small English town, complicated by something evil tormenting their lives.

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In this animated musical, a determined young girl builds a rocket ship and blasts off, hoping to meet a mythical moon goddess, while dealing with family issues, change and letting go.

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For a well-deserved respite from all of the seriousness draping our society, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” will offer giggles, smiles and head-shaking galore for a well-intentioned, skillfully written, funny film.

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If any film that could finally lead the discussion to finding solutions to some of our most pressing issues, “In Case Of Emergency” is that film. Displaying a balance of real time emergency medicine with heartfelt mercy, this film is a beautiful flag-bearer for front-line responders.

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This remake of “Rebecca” has a lot to live up to – for one, the 1940 classic is director Alfred Hitchcock’s only film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. So, it’s in the shadow of the master of macabre. It’s also in the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress.

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“The War With Grandpa” knows it’s cinematic lane and proudly stays within it, to march forth as a worthy family film for a chilly weekend this Fall.

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As an important acknowledgement of its case in America’s evolution, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” conveys precious civil liberties. And demonstrates what makes compelling stories – Americans speaking out, what inspires revolution and why civil discourse matters.

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“On The Rocks” is not shaken or stirred as this smooth narrative slides from start to finish in a simple swallow of doubt and trust.

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“Public Trust” sheds a light upon the maneuvering of wealthy investors and companies to seize public lands and privatize areas that were meant to be used and enjoyed by every American.

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This excellent film is one of my favorites so far this year offering laughs; an off-balance narrative, excellent performances and memorable writing that should make everyone involved a – “Kajillionaire.”

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“The Secrets We Keep” is a thriller that finds strength in its story plotting – leading audiences through the heart, mind and emotional hell of war, deceit and vengeance as justice is a dish best served cold.