THE BEAR Season 3 – Review by Susan Granger

During its first two seasons, The Bear captivated fans and critics alike with its endearing rough-around-the-edges cast, led by Jeremy Allen White’s Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto. Following Carmy’s ongoing uphill battle to revive and totally reinvent his Italian family’s failing Chicago beef sandwich shop, Season 3 focuses on the dysfunctional restaurant kitchen crew as they anxiously await a Chicago Tribune review that could determine the restaurant’s future.

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AWARDS INTELLIGENCER: The Year of Women Over Fifty and Beyond – Thelma Adams reports

As Thelma roars into theaters, following its win of the audience award at the Provincetown Film Festival, it anticipates this year’s awards trend. Starring Oscar nominee June (Nebraska) Squibb, 94, in the title role, the actress gets her first lead role as a grandmother with agency who takes on scammers preying on seniors. Squibb is one of the many women over 50 killing it whether in lead or support, on big screen or small. And Broadway, too. Here are ten actresses on our radar.

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THE BEAR: Season 2 – Review by Susan Granger

Have you been watching FX’s Emmy-nominated series The Bear? The first season introduced a prodigal Manhattan chef, Carmen ‘Carmy’ Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), who returns home to Chicago after his drug-addicted older brother commits suicide and leaves him the local family sandwich shop. Of the second season’s 10 frenetic episodes, two are outstanding.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Bassett, Blanchett and Curtis honored at Santa Barbara Film Fest – Brandy McDonnell reports

Angela Bassett, Cate Blanchett and Jamie Lee Curtis will be honored with tributes at the 2023 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Bassett will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Montecito Award, given to a person in the entertainment industry who has made a great contribution to film. With her powerhouse supporting turn as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, she became the first performer to earn an Golden Globe acting nomination for a film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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HALLOWEEN ENDS – Review by T.J. Callahan

After 12 movies and 45 years, originator John Carpenter and crew say they have made their final Halloween film with Halloween Ends. It even says it in the title, but this film franchise has said goodbye longer than the Cher farewell tour. You can grind up Michael Myers into little bitty
murderer meatballs all you want, you’ll only make him angry.

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HALLOWEEN ENDS – Review by Susan Kamyab

Sadly, Halloween Ends is easily the worst film of all the movies that have been made since 1978. It’s been four years since the second installment of the newest Halloween trilogy. Michael Myers was last seen murdering Laurie Strode’s daughter and has now gone into hiding. And instead of truly continuing Michael and Laurie’s story, audiences are forced to endure an hour and 40 minutes of some random young man named Corey with a haunting past.

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EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Everything Everywhere All at Once has moments where viewers might wonder, What the heck did I just watch? The film has martial arts fights with dildos and pixelated body parts, characters who nibble on “hot dog fingers”, and sentient rocks. But stick with it. Everything matters, as absurd as it is, and it’s beautiful when you least expect it. A stellar cast led by Michelle Yeoh holds this zany multiverse together. The martial arts veteran naturally makes her action scenes look effortless. She’s also funny, poignant, and incredibly endearing as Evelyn Wang, a put-upon Laundromat owner whose fractured relationships hint at her greater adventure.

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EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE – Review by Susan Granger

Never has there been a more truthful title. In Everything Everywhere All at Once, the filmmakers adhere to the motto that too much is never enough. It’s like watching a deftly structured Sliding Doors concept become an action-packed, cacophonous Cloud Atlas.

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HALLOWEEN KILLS – Review by Rachel West

One thing Halloween Kills gets right is showing Michael Myers as a brutal, sadistic killing machine. He is utterly relentless when it comes to butchering people in gruesome and blood-soaked ways that will make slasher fans squeal with delight. The first half of the film features some of the franchise’s more-inventive kills before the story gets muddled with too many unmemorable characters, side plots, and drama.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Jamie Lee Curtis to Helm Lifetime’s HOW WE SLEEP AT NIGHT – Brandy McDonnell reports

Two-time Golden Globe winner Jamie Lee Curtis is the executive producer, director and star of How We Sleep at Night: The Sara Cunningham Story, an upcoming Lifetime telefilm adapted from Cunningham’s memoir of the same name, which chronicles her struggle as a devout Christian mother to come to terms with her son being gay.

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