RELIC – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

With Relic, director/screenwriter Natalie Erika James has crafted a taut horror flick that incorporates aging and dementia into its storyline. The clever use of music and lighting in the film, particularly those long shots of the dimly lit hallways in that creaky old house, really ramp up the fear factor and provides several well-earned jump scares

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NEVER TOO LATE – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

The funny and heartwarming comedy Never too Late from director Mark Lamprell tackles aging, friendship and living life to the fullest. Vietnam vets famous for escaping from a Vietnamese POW camp, wind up in a nursing home – and they want to escape. Things don’t go smoothly as even their backup plans fail spectacularly. Watching their every misstep is what makes “Never too Late” a funny and endearing romp.

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NATIONTIME, GARY – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

The documentary vividly illustrates how many of the same issues Blacks fought to overcome during the 1960s and 1970s–like systemic racism and economic injustice–are still being addressed today. Nationtime, Gary is a stark reminder of how important it is for African Americans to not only document and preserve black history, but to never forget the journey and sacrifice that goes along with it.

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MALEFICENT MISTRESS OF EVIL – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

Angelina Jolie shines in the dark and enchanting Disney, fantasy adventure Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Directed by Joachim Rønning from a script by Linda Woolverton, Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue, this follow-up to the 2014 blockbuster Maleficent is a spirited revenge thriller.

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HUSTLERS – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

Jennifer Lopez sizzles in the sexy, crime drama, “Hustlers” from director/writer Lorene Scafaria, which is about a group of savvy women strippers who exact revenge on their rich Wall Street clients. The movie is based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York magazine article “The Hustlers at Scores.”

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WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

In Director and Screenwriter Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette,Cate Blanchett stars as the title character, Bernadette Fox, a well-respected Los Angeles architect who was on top of the world until a series of unfortunate events turned her life upside down. When Bernadette unexpectedly disappears from home, her husband (Billy Crudup) and young daughter, Bee (Emma Nelson) set out on an exciting adventure to find her, while Bernadette does some soul-searching of her own.

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THE KITCHEN – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

The Kitchen, from director Andrea Berloff, is a crime thriller based on the DC Entertainment/Vertigo comic book miniseries of the same name. The movie stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss as the wives of Irish mobsters. The women decide to get tough and take over organized crime operations in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood when their husbands are sent to prison.

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