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Rapid Insights: Russell Crowe as The Pope’s Exorcist in Memoir-Based Film

Star Russell Crowe returns to theaters next month in an anticipated new horror movie from Sony with disconcerting links to reality. Crowe plays Father Gabriele Amorth, the legendary Italian priest and real-life Chief Exorcist of the Vatican who performed more than 100,000 exorcisms in his lifetime (he passed away in 2016). The film is inspired […]

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Rapid Insights: Love & Death Is a True Crime Killer Romance

Late next month, HBOMax will give another boost to the recent true crime drama trend by releasing a new limited series that delves into the whys and wherefores of a brutal real-life murder. Created by the ever-prolific David E. Kelley, the show stars Elizabeth Olsen as Texan housewife Candy Montgomery, who was accused in 1980 of taking […]

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Rapid Insights Genre Trend: Royal Period Dramas Reign Supreme

Want to listen instead of reading? Click here and we’ll read it to you.  Audience interest in royalty is evergreen, with recent years seeing a notable uptick in series focused on their private lives. Three have risen to prominence: The Crown, The Great, and Bridgerton. Netflix’s The Crown follows Queen Elizabeth II, Hulu’s The Great is a satire of Catherine the Great, and Netflix’s Bridgerton is […]

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Rapid Insights: Luther: The Fallen Sun Sees Idris Elba Reprise His Role

Want to listen instead of reading? Click here and we’ll read it to you.  Four years after the final sign-off of the BBC’s dark detective series Luther comes Netflix’s feature-length continuation to pick up where the show left off. When it releases for streaming next week, star Idris Elba will reprise his role as the tortured Detective Chief Inspector […]

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Rapid Insights: Shazam! Fury of the Gods Brings Bigger, Badder Villains

The newest film in the DC Universe will be releasing next month as the sequel to the wildly successful 2019 title Shazam! The franchise’s most family-friendly crusader, Shazam! tells the story of 15-year-old Billy Batson, an unhappy foster teen granted godlike powers by an ancient wizard; by simply uttering his alterego’s name, he gains the ability to transform into […]

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Rapid Insights: Hello Tomorrow!’s Quirky Dramedy Shoots for the Moon

Following the success of its alt-history astronaut drama For All Mankind, this Friday Apple TV+ will be releasing a new sci-fi dramedy that also understands the intoxicating lure of outer space. Set in a 1950s retro-future world reminiscent of Disney’s Tomorrowland, the series stars Billy Crudup as a talented, ambitious salesman promising desperate customers a bigger, […]

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Rapid Insights: Daisy Jones & the Six Hits All the Right Notes

Coming to Amazon Prime next month is a hotly anticipated new limited series based on the New York Times bestselling novel by author Taylor Jenkins Reid. The show outlines the rise and fall of a fictional 1970s rock band partly inspired by Fleetwood Mac, with lead singer Daisy–played by Elvis Presley’s real-life granddaughter–vaguely channeling Stevie Nicks. Here’s […]

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Rapid Insights: Your Place or Mine Is this Season’s Star-driven RomCom

Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes Netflix’s buzzy new romantic comedy that sees two stalwarts of the genre working together for the first time. From the writer of rom-com classics The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses, and Morning Glory, the film stars Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher as two long-distance best friends who trade lives for a […]

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