CANDYMAN – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

I had never seen the 1992 horror film Candyman, and I’m so glad I watched it before I saw the new movie of the same name. This is being promoted as a “spiritual sequel” to the ’92 film, but it’s very much a direct follow-on from the original story. Both films use horror to delve deeper into humanity’s dark side.

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‘TIL KINGDOM COME – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

Christian churches in the US are raising money for philanthropic groups in Israel to, like, give food parcels to poor little old ladies in Jerusalem. Sounds innocuous enough. Didn’t Jesus say something about helping the poor? Turns out, however, that it’s all an absolutely terrifying unholy alliance between two religious blocs that are using each other for their own purposes.

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I BLAME SOCIETY – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

It’s absolutely impossible not to wonder how much of I Blame Society — a vicious, delicious sendup of Hollywood bullshit — is merely filmmaker Gillian Wallace Horvat straight-up fantasizing about violent retribution on the industry that never misses an opportunity to fail women both onscreen and behind the camera. Write what you know? Hoo boy.

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ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

Why is the United States, that supposed bastion of freedom and democracy, such an unfree, undemocratic mess? Haha and *LOLsob*. This is a trick question: there are many reasons for the sorry state of American affairs. But a really big one is the ongoing campaign to suppress the vote. And by “ongoing,” I mean basically since the founding of the nation.

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