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Woman in the Window
Woman in the Window | A J Finn
"Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing." --Gillian Flynn"Unputdownable." --Stephen King"A dark, twisty confection." --Ruth Ware"Absolutely gripping." --Louise PennyFor readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decade's most anticipated debuts, to be published in thirty-six languages around the world and already in development as a major film from Fox: a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.It isn't paranoia if it's really happening . . . Anna Fox lives alone--a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble--and its shocking secrets are laid bare.What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one--and nothing--is what it seems.Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.
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daisybdaniel
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8/10

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Blueberry
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Eggs Great choice 😢 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Still on my shelf 🤦🏻‍♀️📚 soooo many!! 1mo
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Rachiiebookdragon
Panpan

I didnot enjoy this book, it started ok, I watched the film of it and didn‘t love it so decided to listen to the audiobook of the book to see if it was any better and it‘s wasn‘t 👎🏻 3/5

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cewilf
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This was unexpectedly good! I saw mixed reviews, and the Netflix film is apparently terrible, but this was a fast-paced read with some great twists I didn‘t except at all. #kicktheslump Got at least 1 book read for this readathon, and a snow storm tomorrow to keep me inside! ❄️

LiteraryinLawrence Do you know all the drama surrounding this author? If not, that‘s a whole story in itself! 5mo
ncayea I watched the Netflix mini series first. I liked it. It has intrigued me to read the book 🤷‍♀️ 5mo
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guidosophia
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this shit was crazy man. like absolutely crazy. every single thing was unexpected. so good

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cewilf
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On a mini birthday vacation in Portland, ME and picked this up! I‘m in the middle of a few books. Going to try and catch up during school vacation this week. Cheers to 30 years 🎂🥳

Chelsea.Poole Happy birthday! 6mo
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Tera66
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This is so late, but THANK YOU SO MUCH @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for the sweet Christmas package you sent me! I have not read the books but am so excited to get to them. It was so thoughtful ❤💚❤

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Lenamarcela339
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🕵🏻‍♀️

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vivastory
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This trailer 😂🤣🍷🍷
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vik0kdPIxF8

LeahBergen The title!! 🤣🤣 8mo
vivastory @LeahBergen Right?! I love thrillers but I can see why some of them are easily parodied 8mo
batsy The title made me snort! @LeahBergen 8mo
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zguta
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The character's view unfolded like a Hitchcock movie, leading the reader down a path, only to have the rug pulled out from under your feet. Don't read this story in the dark, you might get creeped out and jump at every small sound in your house. I did have an inkling about who the killer was, but never sure until the end, which turned out to be a shock and surprise for me.
This is a great first novel and I hope Finn will have many more to come.

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ferskner
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Bookish creepy movie night! Except this movie was...not good. Still, it was enjoyable to watch to see why it tanked so badly.

#scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix @StayCurious

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nanuska_153
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Mehso-so

An easy read,I had a quiet day yesterday and flew through it.It's basically the Rear Window but with agoraphobia instead of a broken leg.The main character is obsessed with old movies,specially Hitchcock,there's A LOT of movie talk,but she only mentions the Rear Window once very superficially despite clearly reliving the movie.A So-So cause it has product placement,there's nothing I hate more than an author invading my imagination with ads.

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bookiehannah
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Just started a new job so I‘m getting through books A LOT slower than normal :(

#thewomaninthewindow #ajfinn #fiction

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The.Great.Catsby
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Pickpick

Wait whaaaaaaaat?! A great book with a few different twists. Also, not where I thought the book was going. I read the last couple chapters during a thunderstorm so that was fun.
#catsoflitsy

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 12mo
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LisaLovesToRead
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Pickpick

Scary, suspenseful, and captivating! I‘m excited to watch the movie now & see how similar it is.

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MatchlessMarie
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Pickpick

Finished in 2 days audio cleaning. I love books with lots of references if you are a fan of film noir there are tons of references and I am kind of tempted to watch all the ones mentioned now. There‘s also some book references as well. Nice fast paced read. #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 13mo
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keithlafo
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Panpan

Going to be honest, I didn‘t love this book. It felt incredibly formulaic, drawing heavily from domestic suspense cliches set by other books preceding it. The plot twists were easy to see coming, and Anna as a character didn‘t interest me.

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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I enjoyed this thriller/mystery. I do enjoy a good unreliable narrator, and Anna Fox is definitely that! She‘s also pretty unlikeable, but more importantly, she‘s interesting, and that trumps unlikeable every time!

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JenReadsAlot
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Mehso-so

Meh... my #bookspin for July @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 13mo
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LazyOwl
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Pickpick

A decent psychological thriller. A woman with agoraphobia likes to watch her neighbours until one day she witnesses a murder. There were a few twists in the book, one of them didn't come as a surprise. Some compare it to Gone Girl, but IMO I didn't think it lived up to that hype. Whilst I thought this was a good book, it just didn't wow me. Still a solid 3 1/2 stars though.

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JenReadsAlot
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Looking forward to my July #bookspin and #doublespin picks! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 13mo
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iamcourtneyb
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My book and my puppy 🐶📖❤️

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lfrye
Mehso-so

I would give a 6 out of 10. It was easy and enjoyable to read, though I feel like there were areas that had too much details and other areas that were rushed/ had a huge build up, then disappointed me! The end!! the entire book led up to the ending, but the ending concluded in no more than 5 pages. She had an affair and it did not tie into the story hardly at all. Over all, enjoyable, but seemed like an immature attempt

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Tamra
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Good way to spend a cold rainy afternoon. 😊 I don‘t tend to read psycho thrillers, but I will watch them.

Ruthiella That‘s how I feel about rom-coms. I don‘t enjoy reading them but I‘ll definitely watch ‘em in movie form! 1y
Tamra That was a “meh”.....and the reason I don‘t invest reading time into this genre. Less commitment. 😅 (edited) 1y
Tamra @Ruthiella 😄 No big deal then if isn‘t the greatest! 1y
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Reagan
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I watched the movie while I was weaving in the ends of a sweater I just finished and here are my thoughts, having not read the book I have owned for several years.
1. Amy Adams is just an amazing actress, apparently even in not great movies
2. I might not read the book.
3. I can say from experience that if you do not close a cat carrier pretty quick, cats don‘t stay in the carrier.

Tell me, is the book worth reading after watching the movie?

Cathythoughts I enjoyed the book. The movie I bailed on .. but yes Amy Adams is brilliant 1y
EvieBee I didn‘t love the book BUT I felt compelled to finish it! Wondering if I should watch the movie now. 1y
Cathythoughts @EvieBee be interested to hear your thoughts if you do 👍🏻 1y
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Andrea4 Imho movie sucked. Book was by far better. Amy Adams tho, crushed it! 1y
That-Bookish-Hiker Honestly I liked the movie more than the book and that‘s rare for me. The book was just ok. 1y
TheRiehlDeal I suppose the book is better. Netflix original movies aren‘t really that great to begin with. 1y
Reagan @Cathythoughts @EvieBee @Andrea4 @That-Bookish-Hiker @TheRiehlDeal lots to think about! There were things about the movie I really liked, didn‘t love the ending. I think I‘ll try the book, curious to see. 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I have not read this, but it was on Netflix so I thought I would give it a try! I usually always read the book first! Good for me that I didn‘t! 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 I stopped right here 👆🏻 The only positive thing = the bookshelves!! 📚

Anyone else read it, watched it, liked it?!

amber_ldsmom I listened to it, but didn‘t like it all that much. The narrator was really annoying. 1y
Vickiv Aghhh I saw that it was available on Netflix so decided to read the book first. About half way through.. 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Vickiv I hope you like it!!! 1y
Prairiegirl_reading I read some stuff about the author and decided I wasn‘t interested. 1y
SilversReviews It isn‘t bad....I hope you like it. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @SilversReviews I couldn‘t finish it! I didn‘t like The Girl On the train either! The characters are so unlikeable! Especially Rachel!! 1y
AmyG I watched it. The book was better. 1y
SilversReviews @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I didn‘t like THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN either. I didn‘t finish it. 1y
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gisellreads
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Must read before you watch it on Netflix. The book is always better than the movie 🎥 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Any recommendations for what I should read next?

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JackOBotts
Mehso-so

Wanted to read this before checking out the Netflix adaptation, but I don‘t know that it‘s something I really “needed” to do. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2.5 ⭐️

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KristenDuck
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book!

Anna Fox lives alone as an alcoholic with agoraphobia. How does she spend her time? Besides drinking, she basically watches life outside her window and chats online.

The family across the street particularly holds her interest - a mother, father, and their teenage son. But are they really as perfect as they seem?

Definitely worth the read, and there are 100% parts that were not in the film!

ScrappyMags I hope the book is better than the Netflix movie. As an agoraphobic... I can assure many this is soooo not was 99% of agoraphobics are like. 1y
Bec_lectic Loved the book! Going to watch the movie this week but not expecting much 1y
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DivineDiana
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Read this book when it first came out, and thought it was so-so. Watched the Netflix film tonight, and this was the first time that I thought the film was better than the book. Amy Adams was wonderful.

AmyG Good to know. Thanks. 1y
Cinfhen My daughter said the same thing #NetflixScored 🥳Film was better 😜 1y
LeahBergen That‘s good to know! I was just thinking that I‘d probably like this movie more than the book. 1y
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Cathythoughts I liked the book a lot , but I bailed on the Netflix film ... Amy Adams was great but I couldn‘t get into it 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Good to know! A friend told me NPR panned it, and that Amy Adams was too good for it. My guess is that the reviewer hadn‘t read the book! 😂 1y
DivineDiana @AmyG You‘re welcome. It‘s just my opinion. 🙂 1y
DivineDiana @LeahBergen At least, I did! 🙂 1y
DivineDiana @Cathythoughts Glad you enjoyed the book! 🙂 1y
ItsAnotherJen Oooooh Amy Adams is in the movie!? Just started this on audio. Now looking forward to the movie 🤩 1y
DivineDiana @ItsAnotherJen Yes, she is! And her performance draws you in to the story! 1y
ValerieAndBooks I thought the book was so-so as well (read it recently). Wasn‘t sure I wanted to see the movie, but will now because you liked it! 1y
DivineDiana @ValerieAndBooks Amy Adams is wonderful in this role! 1y
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rather_be_reading
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Settling in to watch this!! Ive been dying for it to release.

rambiepaige Where is it streaming?! 1y
Cathythoughts I watched it last night .... but I bailed 😬... Amy Adams is so good , but , apart from that I couldn‘t get into it. Look forward to your thoughts 1y
rather_be_reading @Cathythoughts 100% agree!! As we always say, THE BOOK WAS BETTER 1y
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mdm139
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Cathythoughts I really enjoyed the book. The film 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
BookDragonNotWorm I thought the book was much better but I did enjoy the movie. 1y
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AFrostCauseReads
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Mehso-so

The tension, unreliable narrator, and action were done really well. There were a few spots were I reached a conclusion much faster than the narrator, but the ending still surprised me.

But what makes it so-so is the controversy of the author. I only found out about it after I read the first few pages. I couldn‘t really read it objectively at that point 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Addison_Reads
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#MayCharacters @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

I feel like the main character in this thriller #MeansWell with her spying but things get off track quickly.

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jackilynn
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candority
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Bailedbailed

This book has been sitting on my shelf for years, but I always put off reading it due to all of the shitty things A.J. Finn (Dan Mallory) has done, as exposed by The New Yorker.

I finally decided to pick it up because the Netflix adaptation is coming out this month. I gave it a chance, but by the 25% mark pretty much nothing has happened and I‘m already sick of reading about Anna drinking and abusing her medication. I‘ll just watch the movie.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders That New Yorker piece was incredible to read! I never considered reading his books after reading that! 1y
candority @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Yeah! I felt very conflicted on whether I should read it, but at least I can bail on it without feeling the least bit bad! 1y
BarbaraBB And he is still quoted in blurbs of other books. I always wonder why an author would want Finn‘s opinion on the cover of their book! (edited) 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm I gave this a Pan, and it was before I knew about his scandal. 🤷‍♀️ 1y
TheRiehlDeal I gave it a Pick, but now that I look back on it, I think it could of deserved a So-So or a Pan. Nothing absolutely jaw dropping at the end. And I read this book before I knew about the scandal. Now I won‘t anything he puts out. 1y
Laughterhp @BarbaraBB It blows my mind that he is still quoted on blurbs of books! I just recently read a book blurbed by him. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ (edited) 1y
BarbaraBB @Laughterhp Weird, right?! 1y
candority @BarbaraBB @Laughterhp That bugs me too! He‘s quoted on so many thrillers. I don‘t know why publishers are still working with him? 😬 1y
candority @erzascarletbookgasm So I definitely didn‘t miss out on anything! 1y
candority @TheRiehlDeal Yeah, I definitely won‘t either! There were rumours that Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay was actually written by AJ Finn, which made me hesitate to read it, but the publisher said that it wasn‘t him. It‘s hard to know if he‘ll just use another pseudonym or not 🤷‍♀️ 1y
BkClubCare I bailed on this, too. 1y
candority @BkClubCare Great minds think alike 😂 Have you watched the movie? 1y
BkClubCare @candority - no! Forgot there was a film. OBV, I didn‘t really read your comment on this post (oops 😳) (edited) 1y
candority @BkClubCare It was just released on Netflix on Friday. I watched it yesterday and was underwhelmed. I don‘t think I missed out on anything in the book! 1y
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Jennick2004
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Any book that begins on my birthday is bound to be good 😃

Kaylamburson Fellow Scorpio here! (10/26) 😊 1y
Jennick2004 @Kaylamburson almost bday twins 😍 1y
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Kaarin
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Just finished reading The New Yorker article about the author of The Woman in the Window. Highly recommend (titled “A Suspense Novelist‘s Trail of Deception”). The reporting about Dan Mallory, who writes under the name of AJ Finn, states that he is a compulsive liar & has done things like fake cancer and told people that his mother died when she is very much alive. It‘s full of as many twists as his fiction.

OutsmartYourShelf I remember reading about that. Curiouser & curiouser, said Alice. 1y
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Kaarin
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Fun page turner!

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ValerieAndBooks
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Mehso-so

Good read, but probably could have been edited to be shorter by at least 100 pages (it‘s about 400 as is) . Not sure if I will pick up next book by this author— what I‘ve come across about him is 😲 (and has been discussed here on Litsy already)

BarbaraBB Yes he‘s quite controversial! 1y
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB and I do wonder if his second book will actually be published anytime soon! 1y
BarbaraBB It‘s been a while since he published this one. However he is still often quoted when recommending other‘s books. In blurbs I think they are called. So his opinion is probably still worth something. 1y
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JHSiess
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⁣⁣`•• 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝗪𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝗪𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐰 ••´
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I loved 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝗪𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝗪𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐰, the bestselling debut by 𝐀.𝐉. 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐧. It's been adapted by Netflix into a film starring Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, & Gary Oldman. ⁣⁣
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I enjoyed the chat during which the trailer premiered. The film looks really good & will be available on Netflix 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟏𝟒𝐭𝐡.

https://youtu.be/v_0GJg_Jnlo
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Thanks, 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐒𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐬!⁣⁣

Blueberry I have questions because of the plagerism charges. 1y
julesG @Blueberry Me too. 1y
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