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THE LOST CITY OF Z: the historical adventure epic revived

In auteur James Gray’s sweeping turn of the 20th Century epic The Lost City of Z, a stiff-upper-lip type British military officer becomes the first European to probe into the deepest heart of unmapped Amazonia. Finding his way through the … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: LOVING – the love story that made history

The landmark 1967 US Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia overturned state laws that banned interracial marriage. Loving is the story of the real couple behind that ruling, and it’s a satisfying love story of two modest people who would … Continue reading

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Cinequest: THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT

The adventure romance The Ottoman Lieutenant, which had its world premiere at Cinequest and is now playing in theaters, is SO bad, so LAUGHABLY bad, that it’s hard to predict whether it will be quickly forgotten or linger in our … Continue reading

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Cinequest: THAT TRIP WE TOOK WITH DAD

The German dramedy That Trip We Took with Dad reminds the American audience that Iron Curtain-style communism was NOT monolithic.  The story takes place during a significant historical moment, when the Prague Spring was slammed shut by the Soviet invasion … 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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HIDDEN FIGURES: Woman Power, Black Power, Brain Power

Hidden Figures tells the hitherto generally unknown story of some African-American women whose math wizardry was key to the success of the US space program in the early 1960s.  It’s pretty rare that someone can make a historical movie about … 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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LOVING: the love story that made history

The landmark 1967 US Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia overturned state laws that banned interracial marriage.  Loving is the story of the real couple behind that ruling, and it’s a satisfying love story of two modest people who would … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: FREE STATE OF JONES – sound and compelling history, with a sizzling McConaughey

Free State of Jones is the compelling story of resistance to the Confederacy and to white supremacy by Southerners during and after the Civil War. Matthew McConaughey stars as Newton Knight, an overlooked but quite singular figure in American history. … Continue reading

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FREE STATE OF JONES: sound and compelling history, with a sizzling McConaughey

Free State of Jones is the compelling story of resistance to the Confederacy and to white supremacy by Southerners during and after the Civil War.  Matthew McConaughey stars as  Newton Knight, an overlooked but quite singular figure in American history.  … Continue reading

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