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coming up on TV: a Korean War movie sampler

Turner Classic Movies usually serves up war movies on the Memorial Day weekend, and, on May 27, TCM will present an uncommon slate of Korean War movies.  Most of the featured films were made between 1951 and 1957 – more … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: HACKSAW RIDGE – unimaginable bravery disconnected from acts of violence

My video pick for Memorial Day Week is Mel Gibson’s powerful Hacksaw Ridge.  Just before the 2017 Oscars, The Wife and I finally got around to watching Hacksaw Ridge, which had been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Before you … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

Recommended movies to see in theaters this week: The gentle and insightful end-of-life drama Truman. Often funny, it’s a weeper that is never maudlin. One of the best movies of the year.  Hard to find, but worth it. The droll … Continue reading

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RADIO DREAMS: stranger in a strange and funny land

The droll dark comedy Radio Dreams explores the ambivalence of the immigrant experience through the portrait of a flamboyant misfit, a man who rides the roller coaster of megalomania and despair. That misfit is Hamid Royani (Mohsen Namjoo), the director … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: HIDDEN FIGURES – Woman Power, Black Power, Brain Power

Hidden Figures tells the hitherto generally unknown story of some African-American women whose math wizardry was key to the success of the US space program in the early 1960s. It’s pretty rare that someone can make a historical movie about … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

Recommended movies to see in theaters this week: The gentle and insightful end-of-life drama Truman. Often funny, it’s a weeper that is never maudlin. One of the best movies of the year.  Hard to find, but worth it. The Lost … Continue reading

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THE DINNER: emotional potboiler

In the emotional potboiler The Dinner, Richard Gere plays Stan, a Congressman under a whole lot of pressure. His career-topping legislation is up for a vote tomorrow and he a few votes short. He’s navigating the perils of the 24-hour … Continue reading

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A QUIET PASSION: she was unhappy and so are we

Cynthia Nixon plays the 19th Century American poet Emily Dickinson in the biopic A Quiet Passion.  Even though the Dickinson family was free-thinking for its era, Protestant New England society was severe as the women’s hairstyle.   As I watched these … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: LION – watch, enjoy, weep

The emotionally affecting drama Lion is one of the top crowd pleasers of the Holiday season and of the year. Here are the bones of the plot: An Indian boy is accidentally separated from his family and lost, ending up … Continue reading

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TRUMAN: how people say goodbye

This may be the best movie I’ve seen this year.  In the deeply emotionally affecting and humane Spanish film Truman, Tomás (Javier Cámara) leaves Montreal to pay a surprise four-day visit to his longtime friend Julián (Ricardo Darin) in Madrid. … Continue reading

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