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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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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: 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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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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