Danielle Solzman opens January with two new reviews on Cultured Vultures


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The lovable bear, Paddington, has returned for a new adventure in Paddington 2 and it’s fun for the whole family.

January is a barren month for new releases with Oscar contenders beginning to expand on their way to the big day. It may not be a contender but Paddington 2 takes movie goers on a wild ride in order to free the bear from prison. That’s right, the adorable bear has managed to find himself inside the joint and despite the impossible, he’s somehow able to find the good in other prisoners.


Freak Show is one of those films that ends up being rented on VOD platforms because studios don’t know what to do with them. In this instance, it’s IFC Films giving the film a limited theatrical platform while sending it to VOD platforms.

Trudie Styler directs the fish-out-of-water film, if there’s any way to describe it. Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther) is a gender-nonconformist whose fashion sense is on the feminine side. After his parents divorce, he stays with his mom, Muv (Bette Middler), but it reaches a point in which Billy is forced to live with his father, William (Larry Pine). It’s while he lives with his dad that he finds himself in the worst possible setting to be someone who is LGBTQ: a high school in the south. The high school may be full of bullies, but Bloom is able to make the best of it, finding friends in both Blah Blah Blah (Annasophia Robb) and Mark “Flip” Kelly (Ian Nelson).

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