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Stream of the Week: SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN – he didn’t know he was a rock star

What a story! A Detroit construction laborer named Sixto Rodriguez was also a singer-songwriter who cut two albums in 1970 and 1971. The albums didn’t sell in the US, and he faded back into obscurity. Yet in South Africa – … Continue reading

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THE WOMEN’S BALCONY: a righteous man must keep his woman happy

A community of women in a traditional culture revolt in the delightfully smart and funny Israeli comedy The Women’s Balcony.   The balcony in a small Jerusalem synagogue  collapses, and the building is condemned.  The old rabbi’s wife is seriously injured, … Continue reading

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THE HERO: taking ones own measure

The bittersweet dramedy The Hero has one thing going for it – Sam Elliott, he of the profoundly deep and sexy voice.  Elliot has a rascal’s sparkle in his eye and a smile that can make panties slide off by … Continue reading

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ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL: an underdog has his day

Nobody likes a bully, and the documentary Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the riveting story of an American family business bullied into a nightmarish fight for survival.  We meet the members of family, the Sungs of New York, and … Continue reading

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PARIS CAN WAIT: female fantasy (disputed) and tantalizing food

Here’s an entertaining piece of fluff.  In Paris Can Wait, Diane Lane plays Anne, the neglected wife of movie mogul Michael (Alec Baldwin).   A show biz emergency has short-circuited their European vacation in Cannes, and the Michael’s French partner … Continue reading

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THE COMMUNE: funny funny squirm

In the Danish family drama The Commune, Erik (Ulrich Thomsen) is an architecture professor married to the television newscaster Anna (Trine Dyrholm). Erik is very reserved, tends to be harsh and does not suffer fools. Anna is bubbly. They have … 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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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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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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