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‘Krystal’ Film Review: Rosario Dawson Bewitches in Baffling Farce

‘Krystal’ Film Review: Rosario Dawson Bewitches in Baffling Farce
The comic drama “Krystal,” marking William H. Macy’s third time out as a feature director, is so baffling that it must be appreciated at least for its ability to defy all logic. Written by Will Aldis — as though he had gobbled up “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “The Good Girl,” and “Rushmore,” then gargled with bleach and regurgitated the mess on the page — the film tells the story of an 18-year-old boy with a heart that beats too fast (literally), who falls in love with a former junkie prostitute who’s trying to clean up her life.

Taylor Ogburn (Nick Robinson, “Love, Simon”) is a fanciful guy who’s been known to cross signals and get lost in his daydreams, as evidenced in a flashback where he reads one of his dad’s porno mags and imagines the devil walking out of its pages, attempting to chase Taylor down. The animation of the devil here must be singled out for its vision. It had me hoping “Krystal” might become a surrealist tale. But it didn’t.

Yes, the appearance of the devil and Taylor’s horrified reaction to him signals the guilt is strong in this one. And despite his father Wyatt (Macy) informing Taylor when he was a child that God, the devil, and Santa Claus do not exist, Taylor insists on believing in fictions and fairy tales as a young adult, which further fuels his anxiety, as he’s incessantly striving to do what’s “right.”

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When Taylor sees Krystal (Rosario Dawson) walk in from the ocean — in just a wet white t-shirt (no bra) and panties — he’s so struck by her beauty that he nearly dies. Literally. That Taylor develops an unshakeable crush on Krystal for saving his life and taking him to the hospital seems natural. She’s beautiful, a blank slate, a savior in his naïve eyes. But everything that follows this improbable meeting grows so absurd that I had to pause the screener I was watching, go back, and make sure I’d seen what I thought I’d seen, which is, in some ways, admirable that this narrative could keep me guessing so much.

Taylor goes to extreme lengths to woo Krystal immediately, and with every attempt, hijinks ensue: He pretends he’s an alcoholic to infiltrate an AA meeting, and his boss (Kathy Bates) asks to be his sponsor. He sees a biker guy, Bo (Rick Fox), in a leather jacket at the AA meeting deliver a speech about being down and out and rising above it all, and Taylor becomes him, even buying a motorcycle and using Bo’s speech word-for-word to impress Krystal, like he’s Wally Brando or something. (Shout-out to “Twin Peaks: The Return” fans.)

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Macy’s strengths with this film lay in the scenes that play out like a stage production of a classic farce, generally when Taylor, his mom (Felicity Huffman) and dad, and his brother Campbell (Grant Gustin, “The Flash”) trade banter in their quaint, suburban home. Characters speak over one another, jostling for their own screen time, while Macy blocks the scene with each family member moving round the room, creating some much-needed dynamic action.

And the only time we get a hint that director Macy understands that Taylor’s newfound identities are truly dumbfounding is when this family razzes him endlessly about his puppy love. It had me wishing the whole film were just a single-location encounter of the family meeting Krystal and her 16-year-old son Bobby (Jacob Latimore) for dinner.

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We do get that scene later on, and it’s appropriately bonkers, with some big reveals and a chance for Huffman to yelp curse words and quickly apologize for the language, but Macy leaves that drama too quickly, focusing for some reason on auxiliary characters, like William Fichtner’s Dr. Farley, a pot-smoking incompetent physician who always seems to be available to treat Taylor — for both his heart condition and a stab wound inflicted by Krystal’s ex Willie (T.I.).

And while Krystal is the title character, she’s also the least understood of them all, which could potentially have made the film funnier if Macy called more attention to the fact that all of these people are projecting their own thoughts, feelings, and fantasies upon one of the few non-white women in this Southern town. But instead, Macy has Krystal giving in to Taylor’s unfounded affections, with a moment so bizarre that my jaw dropped in a mix of surprise and nausea. “If you don’t kiss me right now,” begins Krystal’s sudden sexual declaration to Taylor as she’s peeking out the window, keeping watch for her violent, controlling ex.

Not to oversell this film or endorse it, but I can imagine John Waters watching “Krystal,” vacillating between boredom and banal amusement, remarking, “Oh well, that’s something.” Because Krystal is definitely… something.

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Lois Smith to Receive Career Achievement Honor at Key West Film Festival

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Lois Smith has been making her mark on the screen and stage for seven decades. The celebrated actress is set to receive the Golden Key Award for Career Achievement at the Key West Film Festival, a press release has announced.

East of Eden,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Dead Man Walking,” “Tumbleweeds,” “Twister,” and “Please Give” are among Smith’s film credits. She’s been earning raves for her latest offering, “Marjorie Prime.” Based on the Pulitzer-nominated play of the same name, the Sundance hit is set in the near future and sees Smith playing Marjorie, a former violinist in the middle stages of dementia. She maintains a close relationship with her late husband via interacting with a holographic projection of him (Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”).

Smith’s small screen credits include “Grace and Frankie,” “True Blood,” and “ER.” She’s worked extensively in theater and received Tony
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A Future of ‘Flatliners’: 5 Bad ’90s Movies That Hollywood Should Remake for Millennials

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A Future of ‘Flatliners’: 5 Bad ’90s Movies That Hollywood Should Remake for Millennials
This Friday will see the release of a horror film called “Flatliners,” a movie title that should be instantly familiar to anyone who spent the ’90s trawling the shelves of their local video store in search of something — anything — to watch that weekend. Perhaps best remembered as the crusty VHS that was always sandwiched between “The Fisher King” and “Fried Green Tomatoes,” the original “Flatliners” was an asinine but atmospheric psychological horror thing that starred Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, and Billy Baldwin as foolhardy med students who start experimenting with life after death. Nothing goes wrong and they all live happily ever after.

Now, perhaps motivated by the fact that the mere act of making a movie in 2017 feels like an experiment with life after death, Hollywood is about to unleash a remake starring Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemons. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev,
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Oscars: David Rubin Returning to Produce Governors Awards

David Rubin will return to produce the ninth annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Academy president John Bailey made the announcement on Friday. Honorary awards will be presented to writer-director Charles Burnett, cinematographer Owen Roizman, actor Donald Sutherland, and director Agnès Varda at the Nov. 11 ceremony at the Hollywood & Highland Center’s Ray Dolby Ballroom.


Oscars: Charles Burnett, Owen Roizman, Donald Sutherland, Agnes Varda Set for Academy’s Governors Awards

“David’s continuing and passionate commitment to the Governors Awards assure us that the evening will be a memorable tribute to this year’s four distinguished filmmakers,” Bailey said.

Rubin has casting credits on more than 100 films and TV programs, including “Trumbo,” “Wild,” “Lars and the Real Girl,” “Hairspray,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Men in Black,” “Romeo + Juliet,” “The English Patient,” “Get Shorty,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” He has received six Emmy nominations, most
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Fried Green Tomatoes

It might be what’s deemed a chick flick but Fried Green Tomatoes is also a very touching story that details the lives of two young women and the many trials they go through as they grow up together. After losing her brother at a young age to train accident Idgie Threadgoode becomes something of a tomboy and her mother kindly asks the young lady, Ruth, to try and straighten her out after a while. Idgie isn’t all that interested however but Ruth doesn’t give up and eventually the two form a strong, lasting bond that is only broken when Ruth

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We Tried It: The Cheetos Pop-Up Restaurant with an All-Cheetos Menu

What Is It: A pop-up restaurant with a Cheetos-inspired menu

Who Tried It: Mark Marino, People contributing writer

Level of Difficulty: 1 (unless sharing delicious food counts as difficult, in which case I give it a 5)

Believe it or not, the most popular restaurant in New York City right now is owned by a man who roams about wearing a leather jacket, sneakers and no pants. And before you go judging Mario Batali, please note that I am talking about Chester Cheetah.

Yes, the Frito-Lay mascot has just opened The Spotted Cheetah, a pop-up restaurant that is so flamin’ hot that
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Lois Smith-Starrer “Marjorie Prime” Acquired by FilmRise

“Majorie Prime”: Sundance Institute

FilmRise has acquired U.S. distributions rights to Lois Smith and Jon Hamm’s holographic love story “Marjorie Prime,” Deadline reports. Directed by Michael Almereyda (“Hamlet”), the sci-fi film co-stars Geena Davis and Tim Robbins. “Marjorie Prime” took home the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize at Sundance this year, where it made its world premiere.

Based on Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer-nominated play, the film is set in the near future and centers on Marjorie (Smith), who “spends time with the young likeness of her deceased husband, Walter (Hamm). This revitalized Walter is a sophisticated holographic projection that provides companionship while stimulating Marjorie’s memory — allowing her to explore their shared past as she lives with dementia,” Deadline summarizes. “Marjorie’s daughter Tess (Davis) and her husband, Jon (Robbins), develop their own complex feelings about the new Walter, uneasily coming to terms with the nature of identity, memory, and our ever-shifting relationship to technology.” Smith originated the role of Marjorie in the stage version of the story. She first played the character in 2014.

According to the source, FilmRise is planning to launch a theatrical release mid-2017 and will “push all the main actors with a targeted award-season campaign.” Smith is currently 86 years old, so she’ll be 87 by the time Oscar nominations are announced. The oldest actress to receive a Best Actress nomination thus far is Emmanuelle Riva, who was 85 years old when she scored a nod in 2013 for “Amour.”

Smith’s career spans nearly seven decades, with film credits including “East of Eden,” “Five Easy Pieces,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Dead Man Walking,” and “Please Give.” “Desperate Housewives,” “True Blood,” and “Grace and Frankie” are among her TV credits.

“We are thrilled to announce our acquisition of this superb Sundance award-winner,” said FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher. “Michael Almereyda has created a subtle and masterly adaptation, and the performances by Jon Hamm, Lois Smith, Geena Davis, and Tim Robbins are extraordinary.”

Marjorie Prime” will also be available on Amazon Prime Video this year.

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Mary-Louise Parker to Play Janey Patterson in Series Adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes

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Fans of Showtime’s Weeds series are in for a treat, because Mary-Louise Parker has joined the cast of Mr. Mercedes, the DirecTV series adaptation of Stephen King’s 2014 novel of the same name.

According to THR, Parker (R.I.P.D., Fried Green Tomatoes) will portray the recurring role of Janey Patterson, the younger sibling of the deceased Olivia Trelawney. Janey’s character plays a key role in helping an ex-detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) track down a relentless, boastful killer (played by Harry Treadaway, who replaced Anton Yelchin in the role after the actor’s tragic death).

In addition to Parker, Gleeson, and Treadaway, the Mr. Mercedes cast also features Holland Taylor, Kelly Lynch, and Jharrel Jerome.

Adapted for the screen by David E. Kelley and directed by Jack Bender, the (planned ten-episode) Mr. Mercedes series is slated to premiere this autumn on DirecTV, DirecTV Now, and the At&T U-verse.
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Fern Buchner, Makeup Artist on Woody Allen Films, Dies at 87

Fern Buchner, a makeup artist who worked on Barry Sonnenfeld's two Addams Family movies and nearly two dozen films directed by Woody Allen, from Annie Hall through Everyone Says I Love You, has died. She was 87. Buchner, whose credits also include Oliver Stone's Wall Street (1987), Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Jon Avnet's Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), died Sept. 23 in Henderson, Nev., her friend Diane Salzberg told The Hollywood Reporter. Buchner was nominated for BAFTA Awards for her work on Allen's Zelig (1983) and on the Addams Family films released in 1991 and 1993. She started out

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Mary Stuart Masterson to Recur on NCIS As…

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Mary Stuart Masterson will soon come on board NCIS Season 14.

According to TV Line, the veteran actress will debut next month during November Sweeps as Jenna Flemming.

The character is described by the website as an intelligent, savvy and seasoned congresswoman who does not mince words; she's all about getting things done her way.

Look for Director Vance (series regular Rocky Carroll) to form a connection with Flemming as NCIS investigates a threat on the politician.

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Masterson is likely a familiar face to both movie fans and television viewers.

She has appeared in such films as Some Kind of Wonderful, Fried Green Tomatoes and Benny & Joon.

On the small screen, her credits include stints on Law & Order: Svu and Mercy, along with guest spots on Blue Bloods and The Good Wife and the title role in the 2001 CBS drama Kate Brasher.
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NCIS: Mary Stuart Masterson to Recur, Bond With [Spoiler] — See Photos

NCIS: Mary Stuart Masterson to Recur, Bond With [Spoiler] — See Photos
CBS’ NCIS has enlisted film vet Mary Stuart Masterson for a recurring Season 14 role, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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Making her debut in the midst of November sweeps, Masterson will play Jenna Flemming, a witty, savvy and seasoned congresswoman who doesn’t mince words and gets things done her way. Director Vance (series regular Rocky Carroll) will form a bond with Flemming as NCIS investigates a threat on the politician. (See exclusive photos above and below; click to zoom.)

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Kathy Bates Reveals Her Toughest Role, Looks Back on Career Ahead of Walk of Fame Honor

Kathy Bates Reveals Her Toughest Role, Looks Back on Career Ahead of Walk of Fame Honor
When Kathy Bates receives her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sept. 20, the moment will hold much significance. “It’s a big deal to me,” the Oscar winner admits. “It’s going to be right in front of the TLC Chinese Theatre. I just discovered that and kept asking, ‘Are you sure?’”

Bates adds that this is meaningful to her for several reasons. “I have a photograph from around 1956 with my Aunt Lee, right in front of the theater,” Bates says of the location, which was then known as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. “She and my grandmother lived out here and we came often to visit them, driving cross-country from Memphis.” Bates can recall spending the day with her mother’s sister, having tea at Bullock’s department store, and walking around the theater. Her aunt died of breast cancer over 40 years ago, but Bates holds her memory dear.
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From Snapchat Movies to Web Series: The ‘Sickhouse’ Team Plans ’60 Second Docs’

From Snapchat Movies to Web Series: The ‘Sickhouse’ Team Plans ’60 Second Docs’
The first feature-length movie released on Snapchat was just the tip of the iceberg for Indigenous Media, which is following up “Sickhouse” — which it produced on the social media platform — by turning to documentaries. The aptly named “60 Second Docs” is a new web series profiling eccentric real-life characters in just one minute. Its tagline: “Life. One minute at a time.”

The first installment, which premiered on June 1, is available on Facebook, YouTube and VidMe. The latest episode was released today. Already, the series has gained significant momentum, with over two million views to date.

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The company has developed the idea out of its recent experiences with short-form content. “Since they’re so easy to consume, we found that people go down the rabbit hole,” said Indigenous COO Jake Avnet by phone.
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Richard Gere To Star In Jon Avnet’s ‘Three Christs’

Richard Gere To Star In Jon Avnet’s ‘Three Christs’
Richard Gere is set to star in Jon Avnet’s (“Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Risky Business”) “Three Christs,” based on a biographical novel by Milton Rokeach.

Eric Nazarian and Avnet penned the adaptation, with Avnet set to direct. The story follows a doctor (played by Gere) who is treating three paranoid schizophrenic patients at the Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, each of whom believe they are Jesus Christ.

Avnet and Dr. Aaron Stern will produce under his Brooklyn Films banner alongside Highland Film Group’s Arianne Frasier, Delphine Perrier and Molly Hassell.

Highland Film Group is financing the project and will introduce it to international buyers in Cannes this week. CAA reps domestic rights.

Gere can next be seen in Oren Overman’s family drama “The Dinner,” alongside Steve Coogan, Chloe Sevigny, Rebecca Hall and Laura Linney. He is repped by Wme. Avnet is repped by CAA.

Highland Film Group will
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Horror Highlights: Sugar Skull Girls, Blade-Inspired Music Video, The Binding, Bates Motel, Sickhouse

In today’s Horror Highlights, we have release details for Sugar Skull Girls, The Binding, and Sickhouse, as well as a Mother’s Day card from Bates Motel and a new Blade-inspired music video.

Sugar Skull Girls 2017 Release Details and Trailer: Press Release: “Sgl Entertainment is pleased to announce that they will be releasing “Sugar Skull Girls” the Teenage Comedy Adventure Movie and TV Series on Blu-ray, DVD, Cable TV and VOD in early 2017. The film is Written and Directed by Christian Grillo, Produced by Christian Grillo, John Kent, David Gechman, and Carmela Hayslett.

And Stars: Addy Miller, Carmela Hayslett, Cece Hagen, Anika Buchanan, Isabella Sobejano, Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), John Amplas (Day of the Dead) and Leslie Easterbrook (The Devil’s Rejects).

Synopsis: Three demonic sisters who resemble neo-goth voodoo dolls are accidentally conjured from the other side during a failed attempt to raise a little girl from the dead.
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Naomi Watts, Jessica Lange to Star in ‘Secret Life of the Lonely Doll’

Naomi Watts, Jessica Lange to Star in ‘Secret Life of the Lonely Doll’
Naomi Watts and Jessica Lange will star in the independent drama “The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll” with Gia Coppola directing.

Indigenous Media, formed by Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia and Jake Avnet will produce along Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty”) and Untitled Entertainment partner Jason Weinberg (“Ray Donovan”).

Coppola, who wrote and directed James Franco’s “Palo Alto,” will direct from a script by Merritt Johnson, whose credits include “Temple Grandin” and “In Treatment.”

“The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll” is the story of Dare Wright, who became well-known in the 1950s thanks to her best-selling children’s book “The Lonely Doll.” Journalist Jean Nathan found Wright living in a public hospital in Queens four decades later, and her book pieces together Wright’s bizarre life of glamour and isolation, and her struggle to escape her painful childhood through her art. Wright passed away in 2001 at the age of
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The 25 most underrated film scores of the 1990s




The sensational, overlooked film scores from the years 1990 to 1999 that really are well worth digging out...

The movies went through tumultuous and exciting changes in the nineties. Quentin Tarantino exploded onto the scene with Reservoir Dogs, Generation X gave rise to slacker marvels like Clerks, and blockbusters like The Matrix put the awe back into special effects.

However, the 90s was also a sensational decade for film music, gifting us classics including the likes of Jurassic Park, Titanic, Total Recall, Braveheart and countless others. But the sheer quality of these soundtrack treasures shouldn’t overshadow those undervalued hidden gems that demonstrate the extraordinary range and versatility of our finest film composers, ones that may have passed you by. So here’s our selection of those incredible works: ranging from the earworming to the unsettling, the melodic to the chaotic, these are the scores that simply demand your attention.
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Fred Bernstein Launching Astute Films (Exclusive)

Veteran Hollywood executive Fred Bernstein has launched Los Angeles-based Astute Films as a motion picture financing and production company, Variety has learned.

Bernstein, who headed production at Columbia and Universal, has assembled an initial $50 million of private equity financing and is looking to back films with mid-range budgets rather than franchises.

“We’ll be very judicious and strategic as to our spending,” Bernstein told Variety.

The company has acquired movie rights to Albert French’s novel “Billy” and set up the project with Marty Davidson (“The Lords of Flatbush”), Wendell Pierce (Selma,” “Treme”) and Jerry Leider (“On the Road”) to produce with Davidson directing from his own script.

Set in rural Mississippi in 1947, the film depicts a racially-charged incident of taunting and bullying that results in the tragic death of a 14-year-old white girl at the hands of a 10-year-old black boy named Billy. The values of the community are
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Jon Hamm Considers Looking To The Future With Marjorie Prime

With Mad Men having drawn to a close, all eyes are inevitably on its star, Jon Hamm, to see where his interests will take him next. His choices have always been both surprising and rewarding, with forays into comedy (Bridesmaids, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp) proving as successful as his dramatic projects (The Town, Black Mirror, Million Dollar Arm). His next choice may well be a combination of the two genres, with a little science fiction mixed in, as it seems the actor is currently in talks to star in the upcoming film, Marjorie Prime.

The movie will be an adaptation of the 2014 play of the same name, which was written by Orange Is The New Black writer, Jordan Harrison. It was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and its adaptation is set to be written and directed by Michael Almereyda (Cymbeline
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Here’s What’s Coming And Going From Netflix in July

It’s almost July and that means Netflix is about to give their content a refresh. Some of the notable titles leaving include: Super Troopers, Descent, and The Muppets take Manhattan. So if you haven’t seen some of these titles, plan your nights accordingly. We of course can look forward more than a few new titles including the premiere of Bojack Horseman’s second season (voiced by Will Arnett) and one of my favorite movies Alive, pictured above.

We also get the return of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp; the eight-episode series is a prequel to Wain’s 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer. The series will launch July 31.

Available July 1

Alive (1993)

An Honest Liar (2014)

Bad Hair Day (2015)

Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (2009)

Bulworth (1998)

Dave Attell: Road Work (2014)

Death in Paradise: Season Three (2014)

Grandma’s Boy (2006)

Hostage (2005)

Invizimals: The Alliance Files (2014)

La Reina del Sur (2011)

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