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DVD/Stream of the Week: recent Oscar winners for Best Documentary

This being the week that the Oscar nominations are released, here’s your chance to see three recent Oscar winning movies. Each was recognized as the year’s best documentary, and each is completely engrossing. Amy is the heart-felt, engaging and innovative … Continue reading

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If I picked the Oscars

The nominations for this year’s Academy Awards come out tomorrow – and Academy of Motion Picture  Arts and Sciences is not asking my opinion.  But if I picked the Oscars: Best Picture:  My choice for the year’s best movie – … Continue reading

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Dorothy Malone and her one indelible scene

Actress Dorothy Malone has died at age 03.  She began making films in 1943 with a series of small parts, of which the most indelible came in 1948’s The Big Sleep with Humphrey Bogart.  Malone plays a bookstore clerk who takes … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

The best movies of the year are in theaters right now, and here are the very best: Steven Spielberg’s docudrama on the Pentagon Papers, The Post, is both a riveting thriller and an astonishingly insightful portrait of Katharine Graham by … Continue reading

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THE FINAL YEAR: a most wistful documentary

In the documentary The Final Year, we get to peek inside the last year of the Obama foreign policy.  Director Greg Barker’s cameras go behind the scenes to follow Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Ambassador Samantha Power and Deputy National … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: WIND RIVER – another masterpiece from Taylor Sheridan

With the contemporary Western thriller Wind River, screenwriter Taylor Sheridan has delivered another masterpiece, this time in his first effort as director. Wind River was probably my most anticipated film of the year because I pegged Sheridan’s previous movie Hell … Continue reading

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CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT: Orson Welles’ Shakespearean masterpiece

The great auteur Orson Welles loved Shakespeare and made three Shakespearean movies, of which Chimes at Midnight is the masterpiece.  Welles’ genius was in braiding together parts of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, some Richard III, Henry V and … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

The best movies of the year are in theaters right now, and here are the very best: Steven Spielberg’s docudrama on the Pentagon Papers, The Post, is both a riveting thriller and an astonishingly insightful portrait of Katharine Graham by … Continue reading

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IN THE FADE: a moral choice in a revenge thriller

Diane Kruger gives a brilliant performance in the searing and emotionally devastating German thriller In the Fade.  Kruger plays a German woman whose husband and child are murdered.  Her life essentially disintegrates, as a whodunit carries on mostly beyond her.  … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: HARD EIGHT – the indie neo-noir that launched careers

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread is topping a good many critics’ top ten lists. So it’s a good time to revisit Anderson’s first feature, Hard Eight, a neo-noir from 1996. In Hard Eight, the down-on-his-luck simpleton John (John C. Reilly) … Continue reading

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