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A number of new movies will be released this week, including the following films opening in theaters or debuting via video on demand on various streaming platforms:

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Modern expressions of horror in cinema may emphasize bloody plots, gory violence and sensationalism of the monster, but the extent of their explicit excesses does not invalidate a genuine attempt to expose cultural and social anxieties. That effort may not be evident in every case, and may not even be the prevailing inclination among new filmmakers; but those who strive to make horror a more powerful and evocative experience use the genre to examine ideologies and transform social order.

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Dreams are vehicles that can transport us to impossible destinations, reunite us with the dead, and goad us with visions of unachieved goals and unresolved conflicts. Dreams rarely adhere to the standard laws of logic which govern our daily lives, and often unfold in a nonlinear trajectory. They may compel us to reexamine ourselves from a new perspective or provide a fertile source of creative inspiration.

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In a classic case of misinformed decision-making, my father took me to see “Every Which Way but Loose” when it was released during the winter holiday in 1978. To his credit, the Motion Picture Association of America bestowed a PG rating on the Warner Bros. action-comedy film, so it probably seemed relatively harmless to drag a fourth-grader to a movie about a hard-drinking truck driver who spends his spare time moonlighting as a bare-knuckle brawler, hanging out with an orangutan, and searching for (stalking?) an aspiring country music singer he met in a local honky-tonk. That sums up the film’s protagonist Philo Beddoe, who was portrayed by Clint Eastwood.

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What makes a good cover song? What makes a cover song stand out as something genuinely distinct and dissimilar from the source material? What makes it more than an inferior facsimile or a lackluster imitation?

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For a story that commonly begins with the phrase “once upon a time,” there has certainly been a plethora of cinematic adaptations based on the Cinderella folk tale. Legendary silent film actress Mary Pickford — a pioneer in the film industry who went on to co-found Pickford-Fairbanks Studios and United Artists — took on the title role for a 1914 version directed by James Kirkwood Sr. But Pickford wasn’t the first to portray Cinderella on film: That honor goes to Mlle Barral, who starred in an 1899 French adaptation directed by Georges Méliès.

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A number of new movies will be released this week, including the following films opening in theaters or debuting via video on demand on various streaming platforms: