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I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: searing thoughts in elegant words

The documentary I Am Not Your Negro centers on the American public intellectual James Baldwin.  It’s a searing examination of race in America through Baldwin’s eyes and through his elegant words. Those words are voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, and … Continue reading

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THE FOUNDER: moneygrubbing visionary

In the enjoyably addictive The Founder, Michael Keaton brings alive Ray Kroc, the man who created the global corporate superpower that is McDonald’s.  It’s both a vivid portrait of a particular change-maker and a cold-eyed study of exactly what capitalism … Continue reading

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JACKIE: dreary and somnolent

If you put a Chanel suit and pillbox hat on Natalie Portman and direct her to speak breathily, you’ve got Jackie Kennedy, which is noteworthy, but not enough reason to see the dreary Jackie.  Portman superbly paints the portrait intended … Continue reading

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ALL THE WAY: LBJ comes alive

Lyndon B. Johnson, one of American history’s larger-than-life characters, finally comes alive on the screen in the HBO movie All the Way. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Trumbo) is the first actor who captures LBJ in all his facets – a … Continue reading

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BORN TO BE BLUE: aching to get clean

In Born to Be Blue, Ethan Hawke plays jazzman Chet Baker as he seeks to overcome his heroin addiction and mount an artistic comeback. Writer-director Robert Budreau made the successful choice to start the story when Baker had hit bottom … Continue reading

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I SAW THE LIGHT: but the theater was projecting this dull movie

You really can’t blame Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olson or any of the cast for the unremitting dullness of the biopic I Saw the Light.  The life of Hank Williams, Sr. was so filled with pathos and singular achievement that it … Continue reading

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LIFE: James Dean without the charisma

In 1955, James Dean wasn’t yet an icon.  East of Eden was in the can but hadn’t been released, and Dean was trying to get cast in Rebel Without a Cause.   To the extent he was known in popular culture, … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: AMY – emotionally affecting and thought-provoking

Amy, documentarian Asif Kapadia’s innovative biopic of singer-songwriter is one of the most heart-felt and engaging movies of the year. In a brilliant directorial choice, Amy opens with a call phone video of a birthday party. It’s a typically rowdy … Continue reading

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BLACK MASS: psychopathy and ambition is a nasty combination

The excellent crime drama Black Mass tells the true life story of how gangster James “Whitey” Bulger built his Boston Irish gang into a major crime empire under the protection of the FBI.  As if we needed an illustrative example, … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week – LOVE & MERCY: a tale of three monsters and salvation

Love & Mercy, the emotionally powerful biopic of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, is the true life story of an extraordinarily gifted person facing three monsters. Wilson is a musical genius, one of the great songwriting, arranging and producing talents … Continue reading

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