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The Sun Is Also a Star is a charming but forgettable teenage romance

Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton in “The Sun is also a Star.” (Warner Bros.)

The Sun Is Also a Star is the latest rom-com trying to cash in on the recent genre renaissance. But ultimately, the movie fails to captivate.

Natasha Kingsley’s (Yara Shahidi), last day in New York, turns into an experiment in love when she meets wannabe poet, Daniel Bae (Charles Melton). Daniel guarantees he can make the reluctant Natasha fall in love with him in under a day, and their testing of this hypothesis is the foundation of The Sun Is Also a Star.

Critics did not like this movie and audiences didn’t even watch it (as demonstrated by its abysmal box office return), but The Sun Is Also a Star deserves a little more credit.

Yes, there is too much schmaltz, and the script made me feel queasy with sweetness in some places, and the leading actors look like they stepped out of a commercial for the perfect skin moisturizer, yet I was touched by the underlying maturity forming the backbone of this teenage love story.

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4 disturbing scenes from Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story

Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story is Lifetime’s latest biopic about the woman who revolutionized American journalism by uncovering brutality and abuse at the Woman’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell Island.

The Nellie Bly Story is a tragic tale of one woman’s journey to uncover sinister truths about the treatment of mentally ill women at an infamous asylum located on Blackwell Island. Prior to Nellie’s research and eventual undercover infiltration of the asylum, investigative reporting did not exist. Even though Nellie’s journey was harrowing and full of unspeakable torment, she was a catalyst for change both in the reformation of mental health care and that of journalism.

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Shudder’s Cold Skin is a bizarre Lovecraftian creature feature

Cold Skin is the latest exclusive film from Shudder about an isolated island terrorized by strange creatures come nightfall.

It’s a new month and that means new exclusive films on the horror video streaming service, Shudder. This month delivers Cold Skin and later a film called Don’t Leave Home (to begin steaming Jan. 31st).

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LIFECHANGER is a provocative genre-bending body horror film

LIFECHANGER is a quiet, melancholy body horror film with a romantic heart that adds a unique perspective to an age-old legend.

Earlier this year a movie was released called Every Day. It was the story of a person who wakes up every single day in someone else’s body and yet still falls in love in the course of this journey. LIFECHANGER has a very similar premise to Every Day except with a distinct horror slant and more mature material.

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3 reasons to watch You Might Be the Killer on Shudder

Debuting on Shudder this past Thursday, You Might Be the Killer is a satirical, genre-savvy, delightfully twisted, new approach to the slasher film. 

When the camp counselors at Camp Clear Vista start dying in gruesome ways all across the grounds, Sam (Fran Kanz) must call his good friend Chuck (a horror connoisseur who works at a local video store played by Alyson Hannigan) for help. They work together to try and discover the identity of this crazed killer before anyone else dies. If you’re a fan of films like The Cabin in the WoodsScream, or even The Final Girls, then You Might be the Killer should be right up your alley.

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