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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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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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BEN-GURION, EPILOGUE: in his own words, Israel’s founding leader reflects

In Ben-Gurion, Epilogue, footage from a recently discovered video interview allows us to hear from Israel’s founding leader in his own words. In 1968, David Ben-Gurion was 82 years old and had been retired from public office for five years. … Continue reading

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LEVINSKY PARK: refuge for refugees?

Israel was created as a home for refugees.  What happens when African refugees overwhelm a neglected Tel Aviv neighborhood is the subject of the topical documentary Levinsky Park. Director Beth Toni Kruvant takes us to Tel Aviv’s hardscrabble Hatikva neighborhood,  … Continue reading

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A CLASSY BROAD: “Done. Next!”

The delightful bio-doc A Classy Broad chronicles the amazingly resilient life of Marcia Nasatir, the first woman production vice-president at a major Hollywood studio.   Nasatir is now 91 years old and still pitching movies. Nasatir has lived a singular life.  … Continue reading

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FRITZ LANG: a filmmaker face to face with a real monster

If you’re making a dark crime movie, what better protagonist than Fritz Lang, the creator of the masterpiece M and a founding auteur of film noir?  Fritz Lang imagines Fritz Lang (Heino Ferch) gathering research for M by tracking and … Continue reading

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

Subte-Polska is an Argentine gem about a nonagenarian chess master addressing his own memory, vitality and the need to find closure with his past.  A promising first feature for writer-director Alejandro Magnone, Subte Polska is the sleeper Must See at … Continue reading

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THE BIG SICK: best American movie of the year so far

The Must See romantic comedy The Big Sick is the closest thing to a perfect movie this summer.  Kumail Nanjiani (Dinesh in Silicon Valley) plays a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian whose parents insist on arranging a marriage with a Muslim Pakistani … Continue reading

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THE LITTLE HOURS: sex comedy from your Western Civ class

The amusingly naughty but forgettable comedy The Little Hours is based on the dirty fun in your Western Civ class, Boccaccio’s The Decameron.   A hunky young lad goes on the lam after cuckolding a local lord and hides out in … Continue reading

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