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Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 48 — My ‘Star Wars’ Story

In Episode 48 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Robert Yaniz Jr. travels to the “galaxy far, far away” for a personal account of his love for the Star Wars saga, as the franchise celebrates its 40th anniversary. From how he got into the franchise to his feelings on Ewoks, listen in as a longtime fan of George Lucas’ creation shares his thoughts on any and everything Star Wars. Cue up that opening crawl, and may the Force be with you!

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Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 47 — ‘Snatched’ and ‘Death Becomes Her’ Turns 25 (The Goldie Hawn Edition)

In Episode 47 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Robert Yaniz Jr. celebrates the big-screen return of Oscar winner Goldie Hawn and the 25th anniversary of her 1992 black comedy Death Becomes Her, directed by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) and co-starring Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis and Isabella Rossellini.  Then, it’s on to Hawn’s newest release, which teams the actress with Amy Schumer for director Jonathan Levine’s (50/50, Warm Bodies) R-rated comedy Snatched. Stay Gold(ie)!

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 46 — ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ and MCU Sequels Ranked

In Episode 46 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Rob hits the cosmos to review Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Kurt Russell. But before evaluating writer/director James Gunn’s film, he looks back on previous sequels in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Will the Guardians deliver a strong follow-up to the 2014 smash hit or hit a sophomore slump? One way to find out…

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Logan Browning in Dear White People on Netflix

Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 45 — ‘Dear White People’: Racist Diatribe or Sharp Satire?

In Episode 45 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Rob reviews a pair of recent Emma Watson releases in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake and techno-thriller The Circle, co-starring Tom Hanks, Patton Oswalt and John Boyega. Then, he addresses the controversy surrounding the new Netflix series Dear White People, based on the 2014 film of the same name. Is this series adaptation of Justin Simien’s film an exercise in racism or a satire intended to open up a larger conversation? Let’s chat it out.

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Free Fire

Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 44 — The Guy Who Played with ‘Free Fire’

In Episode 44 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Rob takes a glimpse at the impressive filmography of production and distribution house A24, the company behind some of the most fascinating films in recent years. Then he looks at A24’s latest release, director Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire starring Oscar winner Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and Jack Reynor.

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