BLOOD AND MONEY – Review by Susan Granger

This low-budget ‘survival’ thriller, set in the wintry wilderness of Northern Maine, stars Tom Berenger as an aging, alcoholic hunter who bags more than just a deer. One day, while hunting a buck in the forest, Jim accidentally shoots a young woman who – he later discovers – is part of a gang that recently robbed a casino of $1.2 million.

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FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS – Review by Susan Granger

Inspired by a true story, Fisherman’s Friends begins with four London music biz executives on a weekend stag getaway in the bucolic village of Port Isaac in Cornwall. When they hear a hearty group of local fishermen sing a cappella sea shanties on the waterfront, one of them is immediately entranced.

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HAMILTON – Review by Susan Granger

Five years ago, theatergoers and critics were dazzled by this vivacious, culturally significant musical about the nation’s first Treasury secretary, political mastermind Alexander Hamilton. Now you can see the thrilling, live-capture, the 161-minute film version with the original principal Broadway cast.

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THE OLD GUARD – Review by Susan Granger

Since the usual superheroes abandoned theaters this summer, Netflix supplies new super soldiers, an elite band of indestructible warriors led by axe-wielding Andromache of Scythia (Charlize Theron). Andy, as she’s called, has been covertly battling the world’s evil for centuries – and she’s weary.

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THE OLD GUARD – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

As superhero action movies based on a series of comic books go, Netflix’s The Old Guard manages to spin a few new tricks on an overdone genre as it takes its cues from Peter Parker’s motto, “With great power comes great responsibility,” but with a twist at its center. The main quartet of crusaders vanquishing evil in this adventure are centuries-old immortal mercenaries who have the ability to magically heal their own wounds and live to see many more days of do-gooding.

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THE OUTPOST – Review by Susan Granger

Recent revelations about Russians paying bounties to Taliban fighters for killing American soldiers makes this powerful war drama as relevant as today’s headlines. Based on the true story of Afghanistan’s bloodiest engagement, the 2009 Battle Kamdesh revolves around 53 brave U.S. soldiers in a remote Outpost, tucked deep in a valley at the base of three mountains near the Pakistani border.

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DA 5 BLOODS – Review by Susan Granger

Exploring racial inequity through the lens of the Vietnam War, Da 5 Bloods is the story of four African-American veterans who gather at a bar called Apocalypse Now in Ho Chi Minh City. They’re embarking on a dual mission: to recover the body of their revered squad leader, and find a cache of gold bars they’d buried after he was killed.

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