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DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME: eat your broccoli

When there’s a movie that is supposed to be good for you, but you really don’t enjoy it, I call it an “eat your broccoli” movie, and the documentary Dawson City: Frozen Time is an example. An estimated 75% of … Continue reading

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THE VIETNAM WAR: must see for everyone (and available through Sunday)

The new PBS documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War, is one of the best documentaries of the century and a superb history lesson, crucial to understand the America of today.  It’s a Must See for Baby … Continue reading

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LUCKY: Harry Dean Stanton and the meaning of life

Let’s not bury the lede: Lucky is Harry Dean Stanton’s last film. Lucky was written for Harry Dean, and the main character is reportedly not dissimilar to Stanton. Here’s my Harry Dean Stanton remembrance. Lucky is a vivid portrait of … Continue reading

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LOGAN LUCKY: amiable hillbilly heist

There’s not much to say about Stephen Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, except that it’s a benign and sporadically entertaining two hours at the movies. A couple of down-on-their-luck West Virginia brothers, played by the always appealing Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, … Continue reading

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coming up on TV: rock concerts in their time

On September 21, Turner Classic Movies presents five movies with some of the most unforgettable rock concert footage: Monterey Pop (1968):  This is one of the few DVDs that I still own, for the performances by Mamas and the Papas, … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: OBIT – it’s really not about death

The one absolutely essential requisite for a fine documentary film is a fascinating subject, and Obit proves that an insightful filmmaker can find the fascination in the most unlikely place.  It’s about the writing of New York Times obituaries.  Director … Continue reading

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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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THE TRIP TO SPAIN: 100 minutes of laughs, travel, food in a 115-minute movie

In The Trip to Spain, comics Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan play caricatures of themselves assigned to a gourmet road trip, just as in The Trip and The Trip to Italy.  Both masters of impressions and improvisation, the amiable Brydon … Continue reading

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ATOMIC BLONDE: kicks ass, looks great doing it

Charlize Theron kicks ass and looks great doing it in the most entertaining espionage action thriller Atomic Blonde.  Theron plays a British secret agent on a mission behind the Iron Curtain just before the fall of the Berlin Wall in … 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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