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Fried to perfection

Southern Fried, a restaurant based originally in McAllen, has arrived in Mission. One of the charms of the establishment, which boasts a menu of fried fish filets, shrimp, chicken strips, wings and homestyle sandwiches, is that it is local, and family-owned and operated. Conveniently located just two minutes from the Progress Times office, Southern Fried…

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The heat from Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere, a new miniseries streaming on Hulu, doesn’t make its drama known with fireworks – it smoulders. Tension crackles beneath the surface of the show’s world, set in Ohio in the 1990’s. As each of the eight episodes pass, tensions rise, culminating in an eruption that takes each character by storm.  The series…

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The quiet reclamation of power in Unorthodox

Driven and delicate after a strictly religious upbringing, 19-year-old Esty is determined to forge a new path in Unorthodox. Unorthodox, a TV mini-series produced by Real Film Berlin and Studio Airlift, was distributed and released by Netflix earlier this year. Four episodes fly by as viewers are given an inside look at a Hasidic community…

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The power of paranoia in It Comes At Night

While many people have made no secret of their eagerness to get out of the house and return to a sense of engagement in society, I began to wonder what a pandemic would look like if we had no choice in the matter?  Or, the better question may be, how would people react? This week,…

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‘The Florida Project’ and making your own magic

At some point in many of our lives, the fantasies that occupy mundane moments fade away as reality creeps to the forefront. It’s time for another quarantine watch. This week’s film, The Florida Project, was one that was initially on my radar when it was released in 2017. Like many independent films, this movie had…

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Film Review: ‘The Mist’ in midst of the Coronavirus

The idea of an unorganized lockdown is scary, but for some reason it’s even more harrowing when portrayed in black and white. Amid the social distancing recommendations being instilled across the country, we at the Progress Times have been encouraged to stay home. Reading, writing and movie/television-watching have become the only acceptable entertainment options in…

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