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DVD/Stream of the Week: NORMAN: THE MODERATE RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF A NEW YORK FIXER – big deals are not for little men

In Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, writer-director Joseph Cedar and his star Richard Gere combine to create the unforgettable character of Norman Oppenheimer, a Jewish Willy Loman who finally gets his chance to … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

There are still two Must See movies this summer – the historical thriller Dunkirk and the delightful romantic comedy The Big Sick. The best of the rest: Baby Driver is just an action movie, but the walking, running and driving … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: THE LOST CITY OF Z – the historical adventure epic revived

In auteur James Gray’s sweeping turn of the 20th Century epic The Lost City of Z, a stiff-upper-lip type British military officer becomes the first European to probe into the deepest heart of unmapped Amazonia. Finding his way through the … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

There are still two Must See movies this summer – the historical thriller Dunkirk and the delightful romantic comedy The Big Sick. The best of the rest: Baby Driver is just an action movie, but the walking, running and driving … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: ELLA BRENNAN: COMMANDING THE TABLE – one woman’s climb to a culinary legacy

The documentary Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table tells the story of the New Orleans powerhouse restaurateur – and it’s one compelling story. Ella Brennan is a woman who, before she was thirty, started running restaurants in the pre-feminist 1950s.  Ella … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

There are two Must See movies this summer – the historical thriller Dunkirk and the delightful romantic comedy The Big Sick. The best of the rest: Baby Driver is just an action movie, but the walking, running and driving are … Continue reading

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DUNKIRK: personal, spectacular and thrilling

In Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan has written and directed a gripping historical thriller, somehow both personal and vast.  It’s a remarkable achievement of both storytelling and filmmaking.  Nolan chooses to tell us the story through the lenses of a few minor … Continue reading

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THE MIDWIFE: life disrupted

A woman’s life is utterly disrupted – for better and for worse – by the unexpected appearance of someone from her past.  Claire (Catherine Frot) is a middle-aged Paris midwife who lives a completely contained life, focused only on her … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: THE IMPOSTER – you gotta see this

You just shouldn’t miss The Imposter. Life is at times stranger than fiction, and The Imposter is one of the most jaw-dropping documentaries I have seen. Nicholas Barclay, a 13-year-old Texas boy, vanished in 1994. Three years later, a young … Continue reading

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SUBTE-POLSKA: memory, vitality and loves from the past

Here’s a wonderful movie (with an off-putting title) that you can ONLY see Sunday in Palo Alto or Wednesday in San Francisco. Subte-Polska is an Argentine gem about a nonagenarian chess master addressing his own memory, vitality and the need … Continue reading

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