Is this an activist film? How does this film fit in director Agnieszka Holland’s oeuvre? Does magical realism work in a crime drama? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more.

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For the last Trailer Rewind of the decade we wanted to bring you something fun to watch with friends. Or is it? Does a holiday setting make a film a holiday film? Is there such a thing as a zombie holiday film? In a genre that’s on its 3rd wave of popularity is it possible to create a fresh take?

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Is 2018’s Woman Walks Ahead a western, a commentary on the pipeline standoff, or a history lesson? Listen in to this month’s Trailer Rewind to find out?

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This month Steve and JJ following the story of Sidney Hall, a young novelist who writes a book that impacts a generation and soon after, he disappears.

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Not only is ‘I, Tonya’, one of JJ’s favorite films, but upon re-watching it Steve has found that there is more to this film than he thought.

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Consider yourself warned that J.K. Simmons (and his majestic beard) are going to bring a tear to your eye. This month Steve and JJ take a road trip with the straight to streaming film The Bachelors. It treads on well worn indie territory – new kid at a school, family trauma/drama, quirky moments for comedy – but can writer director Kurt Voelker save these guys from becoming a cliché?

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A long journey with a horse . . . through brutal environments . . . and encounters with ruthless people . . . no, we’re not talking about Hostiles again. But after taking a month off we wanted to pick up where we were. So this month Steve and JJ are taking on the emotional cliff dive known as “Lean on Pete.”

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We’re heading out west on a long and grueling journey, and some of us may not make it to the end. It’s a Trailer Rewind first: this month we dig into the Saturday Matinée archives and find new territory with Scott Cooper’s 2017 film, Hostiles.

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It seems that after finding such success making films about real-world situations in The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal wanted to keep going in that direction with their next project. They learned about the riots in Detroit in 1967 and, after doing many interviews, settled on a particular incident that took place at the Algiers Hotel. This ended up becoming the film Detroit, which was released almost to the day of the 50th anniversary of the incident.

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The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, cinematographer Toby Oliver joins us to talk about one of his favorite films, Christopher Nolan’s 2017 film Dunkirk.

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