DUNE – Review by Diane Carson

We’ve waited a long time for director Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, and, yes, it has been worth the wait in terms of its overpowering visuals and sound design. The technical elements do all but smother the ecological, sociopolitical critique, but it’s there in battles for the rare commodity spice, imperialist incursions affecting the native Fremin culture, and the imperial family skirmishes.

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DUNE – Review by Susan Granger

Since its publication in 1965, Frank Herbert’s epic tale has become one of the most popular sci-fi novels of all time. No wonder that filmmakers have grappled with interpreting its vast, complex story. French Canadian writer/director Denis Villenueve begins his $165 million extravaganza with “Part I.”

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NO SUDDEN MOVE – Review by Susan Granger

Steven Soderbergh’s created a stupefying ‘noir’ trip back to 1954 in Detroit, where ex-con Curt Goynes is eager to pocket $5,000 to re-claim land that was taken from him. When he visits his buddy’s barber shop, he’s sent to the back alley where he’s hired to hold the Wertz family hostage while the husband/father, an accountant at General Motors, is forced to steal engineering specs.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: DuVernay to Produce, Narrate ONE PERFECT SHOT Docuseries – Brandy McDonnell reports

HBO Max has greenlit a new docuseries celebrating iconic movie moments guided by Hollywood’s most exhilarating cinematic voices. One Perfect Shot, a half-hour unscripted series, will be executive produced and narrated by Oscar nominee and Emmy Award winner Ava DuVernay and produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted Television with DuVernay’s production company, ARRAY Filmworks.

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Monique Marvez on THE ART OF COMEDY and Women in Comedy – April Neale interviews

Monique Marvez is author, podcaster, radio host and rescuer of pound puppies headed for the big goodbye. She’s a comic’s comic, a populist player, a fiercely intelligent and funny woman who’s served as San Diego’s top voice on Jack FM’s Monique and the Man, Next up: HBO Max’s HA Comedy Festival: The Art of Comedy.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Salma Hayek’s First-look Deal with HBO – Brancy McDonnell reports

Actor-producer-director Hayek will first bring projects to the WarnerMedia-owned subscription service for potential development via her Ventanarosa production company as part of the deal. As a helmer, Hayek won a Daytime Emmy for Best Direction of a Family Movie for The Maldonado Miracle. Her producing credits include Santa Evita at Fox Latin America and Monarca at Netflix.

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