RANKING ‘CHEESY’ CHRISTMAS MOVIES – At The Movies With Kasey

I spent some time last weekend waffling over going to see The Nutcracker and The Four Realms. In the end, I decided that if I was going to watch the feature-length equivalent of a perfume ad, I’d rather spend that time on terrible made-for-TV Christmas movies. Traditionally, Hallmark has cornered this market, but in the last few years, Netflix has been gett…
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CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM – At The Movies With Kasey

Currently, there is a flurry of documentaries about criminal justice reform. On Hulu, v, directed by Stephen Maing, follows a group of NYPD officers who go against the department in an effort to bring down an illegal quota system that was leading to a disproportionate number of people of color facing tickets, summons, and jail time for minor infractions, re…
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REVIEW: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE – At The Movies With Kasey

“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within…” Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House begins with the opening lines of the Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same nam…
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SPOOKY MOVIES FOR FALL – At The Movies With Kasey

For me, brisk autumn weekends are perfect for curling up with a scary book or movie. While there are some obvious choices, such as my favorites, Scream and Halloween, I combed through Netflix and Hulu to find some other creepy options for watching at home.

Delirium features Topher Grace as Tom, a man released from a mental institution to spend the last 30 days o

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A MOVIE BETTER THAN THE NOVEL – At The Movies With Kasey

As a bookworm, it is truly a rare occasion for me to think a movie is better than the book, but the recent film A Simple Favor managed to best the novel it’s based on.

In A Simple Favor, glamourous working mom Emily Nelson (Blake Livey) strikes up an unlikely friendship with widowed mom Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick).The friendship means a lot to Stephani

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A ROMANCE ‘DRAMEDY’ – At The Movies With Kasey

There has been a lot of discussion about the Netflix true crime machine, but the streaming service has also upped their romantic comedy game. One of their recent productions, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, has some classic romcom charm and a quippy trio of sisters at its heart.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before stars Lana Condor as Lara Jean Covey, a high

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MOVIE NIGHT WITH DAD: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLY BUTCHER – At The Movies With Kasey

My father, Charly Butcher, passed away on August 15th. Movies were something that Dad and I enjoyed together, and one of my first memories of the movies is actually him taking me to see The Adventures of Milo and Otis and falling asleep. I was only around three years old, so at first I was scared, but after a minute, I decided it was fine and let him sleep. At home, Da…
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LESSER KNOWN MOVIES TO WATCH – At The Movies With Kasey

This week, I watched Sorry to Bother You in the theater and Birthmarked on Netflix. One movie I loved; the other I’m advising you not to waste your time on.

In Sorry to Bother You, Cassius “Cash” Green (Lakeith Stanfield) needs a job, any job, and lands at a telemarketing firm. He struggles to pay his bills until a coworker, Langston (Danny Glover), gives

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TRAVEL ADVENTURE COMEDIES – At The Movies With Kasey

Summer is a great time for travel adventure comedies, and Netflix has released some new originals to fit the bill.

Ibiza is a new movie about three friends on a romp through Spain that hides a sweet romance at the heart of a sometimes raunchy travel comedy. In Ibiza, Harper (Gillian Jacobs) has spent four years toiling at a PR firm when her terrible boss, Sarah (M

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SUMMER ROMANTIC COMEDIES – At The Movies With Kasey

My best friend and I are romantic comedy aficionados, so when Emily suggested I watch a new Netflix movie because it’s a classic RomCom, I had to check it out. Set It Up is not breaking any new ground in storytelling, but it is silly and fun and would make a great pairing with some other films in its genre.

In Set It Up, Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell

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EARLY SCREENING OF ‘HEREDITARY,’ SCARIEST MOVIE IN YEARS – At The Movies With Kasey

I got the chance to see an early screening of the new horror film and film festival favorite, Hereditary, followed by a live-streamed Q&A with the director, Ari Aster. When asked about what he was trying to accomplish with the film, he recounted how he wanted to make a movie about trauma and grief but thought that horror was a more commercial way to go than fa…
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LESSONS ON AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH DOCUMENTARIES – At The Movies With Kasey

School may be out for the summer, but you can still get in a lesson or two on American history thanks to two recent documentaries: RBG and Bobby Kennedy for President.

RBG documents the life and legal career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It follows the Notorious RBG from her childhood into college, where she met her husband of over fifty years, M

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CHECK OUT THIS ASSORTMENT OF TRUE CRIME OPTIONS – At The Movies With Kasey

From Making a Murderer to The Keepers, true crime has become a big genre for Netflix. I happen to be a huge true crime fan, so this week, I’m rounding up an assortment of true crime options on Netflix, along with a book recommendation and two podcasts.

The latest big true crime project on Netflix is Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Hei

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TULLY V. TALLULAH MOVIES FOR MOTHER’S DAY – At The Movies With Kasey

Although Mother’s Day is a holiday meant to celebrate the joys of mothering and the impact those who mother have on all of our lives, mothers and motherhood itself can cause conflicting feelings for many people. Whether it’s a mother who feels in over her head, or a person who never had a caring mother, our culture is full of stories about the complications …
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TWO SHORT, TIGHTLY EDITED FILMS – At The Movies With Kasey

With its enormous budget and relative freedom, Netflix has an opportunity to support smaller, innovative films that would likely flounder at the theater. With this opportunity, however, comes mixed results. This week, I watched an independent movie I loved and one I was not so sold on.

In 6 Balloons, Katie (Abbi Jacobson) is in the midst of setting up a surpr

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OPPOSITE ANGLED SCARY FILMS AND A BOOK PICK – At The Movies With Kasey

It’s a special treat when a scary movie is also a beautiful film. A Quiet Place, a new monster movie from John Krasinski, infuses 90 minutes of uncomfortable suspense with a touching story of familial love. It also features impeccable sound design and outstanding performances from Krasiniski, his wife, Emily Blunt, and young actors Millicent Simmons an…
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THE GOOD, THE OKAY AND THE UGLY – At The Movies With Kasey

You may have seen an article floating around about the movies on Netflix that are too scary for people to finish. I think a few items on that list are there due to gore and low quality, but I can say that when I saw The Conjuring in the theater (to review it for this paper), I was tempted to walk out. I’m glad I stayed, seated between two horror-buff friends. That fil…
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‘THOROUGHBREDS’ A GORGEOUSLY CRAFTED MOVIE – At The Movies With Kasey

Not long ago, I watched Heathers, the 1989 dark comedy about a teen girl (Winona Ryder) whose deranged boyfriend (Christian Slater) keeps killing their classmates and making it look like suicide. Whereas Heathers, now a cult classic, is bitingly funny and a little too “very” (in the words of the Heathers) to be taken as anything other than satire, Thoro…
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‘BLACK PANTHER’ PROVIDES ACTION AND AFROFUTURIST FUN – At The Movies With Kasey

Some movies I watch and forget. Others make me come home and hit Google. For example, the latest Marvel film, Black Panther, had me looking into Afrofuturism, the fusion of sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction and afrocentrism that made Black Panther seem so unique in the superhero genre.

In Black Panther, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) has just been crow

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FAMILY IS CURSED AND HOME IS HAUNTED: A BETTER READ THAN MOVIE – At The Movies With Kasey

In 2016, I got to visit The Winchester Mystery House. It was a long-time dream to go see Sarah Winchester’s 160 room mansion outside of San Jose, California, and it far exceeded my expectations. Winchester was the heir to her husband’s wealth earned from the Winchester Repeating Arms Company as well as his 50% share in the company, at that time the leading …
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JUST TRYING TO LIVE HER DREAM – At The Movies With Kasey

My freshman year of college, a friend and I dressed as Nancy Kerrigan (me) and Tonya Harding (Kathleen) for Halloween. We rollerbladed around campus and parodied a “major”, often-satirized news story from our youth. After watching I, Tonya, I feel like I owe Tonya Harding a bit of an apology. More on that later.

I, Tonya tells the story of Tonya Harding

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WEIGHING OPTIONS FOR THEATER, RENTAL AND HOLIDAY CLASSIC – At The Movies With Kasey

With the weather turning colder, this month is the perfect time to bundle up and enjoy a good movie. This week, I weigh an option for the theater, a rental and a holiday classic in re-release.

In The Tribes of Palos Verdes, Phil (Justin Kirk) and Sandy Mason (Jennifer Garner) move to Palos Verdes, California with their twin teenagers, Medina (Maika Monroe) and

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