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Rapid Insights: Three Pines, Many Murders

Author Louise Penny’s bestselling series of crime novels is making the jump to streaming this week with a brand new adaptation on Amazon Prime. Named for the fictitious French Canadian village where all the action takes place, the show stars Alfred Molina as Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, a beloved detective investigating a series of murders […]

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Rapid Insights: National Treasure Adds a New, Younger Twist to the American History-Based Franchise

Next month, Disney+ will release a series-length continuation of National Treasure, a wildly successful action-adventure film franchise from the mid-2000s. The new show will honor what came before–including with familiar faces, as actors Justin Bartha and Harvey Keitel will reprise their original supporting roles–while still adding a fresh twist by focusing on a younger, more diverse […]

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Rapid Insights: M3GAN’s AI-Gone-Wrong Story Will Scare Up Audiences

Though Universal’s upcoming new Blumhouse horror film doesn’t open until January, its recently released trailer has exploded into the cultural zeitgeist thanks to its titular creepy doll’s surprising and unexpectedly hip gyrations. The movie has become a viral meme on social media, with users scoring the doll’s killer dance moves to various pop songs and […]

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Rapid Insights: Tulsa King Kills with a Fish-Out-of-Water Mafioso

With its gritty new western-set crime drama, Paramount+ continues its fruitful partnership with mega-creator Taylor Sheridan (Yellowstone, 1883, Mayor of Kingstown) and lays the groundwork for another buzzworthy success. The series stars Sylvester Stallone–making his streaming TV debut–as a once-powerful New York Mafioso just released from prison who is sent to Oklahoma by his superiors to establish […]

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Rapid Insights: The Family Bonds in Avatar’s New Sequel Will Help It Make a Splash with Audiences

Though first released in 2009–several years before the multi-blockbuster MCU even took shape–James Cameron’s Avatar remains the worldwide highest-grossing film of all time, with a global net of almost $3 billion. Now, thirteen years later, the first of its four long-gestating sequels is teed up to release theatrically in mid-December. This new installment, which has already been […]

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Rapid Insights: Serial Killer Docudramas Indulge Our Fascination With Evil

Audiences have expressed increasing interest in true crime series over the past several years, and the shows that focus on well-known serial killers seem to engender a particularly strong fascination. After four weeks in release, Netflix’s new limited series Dahmer, about the infamously cannibalistic serial murderer of 1980s Milwaukee, has exploded onto the scene to become […]

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