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Movies to See Right Now

In theaters this week: The delightfully smart and character-driven Israeli comedy The Women’s Balcony with a community of traditional women in revolt. The longer you’ve been married, the funnier you’ll find The Women’s Balcony. The David and Goliath documentary Abacus: … Continue reading

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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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Movies to See Right Now

In theaters this week: The delightfully smart and character-driven Israeli comedy The Women’s Balcony with a community of traditional women in revolt.  The longer you’ve been married, the funnier you’ll find The Women’s Balcony. The David and Goliath documentary Abacus: … 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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Best Movies of the 21st Century – So Far

Okay – here’s a first class Argument Starter.  In the past week, The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott released their list of The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far.  And it seems that everyone … 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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DVD/Stream of the Week: hang ten this summer!

Let’s go surfin’ now Everybody’s learning how Come on and safari with me It’s a great time for the two most awesome and gnarly surfing movies, the documentaries Step Into Liquid and Riding Giants. Step Into Liquid (2003): We see … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

I recommend the David and Goliath documentary Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the riveting story of an American family business bullied into a nightmarish fight for survival. Other recommendations in theaters: Paris Can Wait, a female fantasy with glorious French … 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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Movies to See Right Now

Why so few good films in theaters right now?  I’ll tell you why!  According to my calculations, a whopping 45% of all theater screens in Silicon Valley are devoted to ONLY THREE MOVIES:  Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell … Continue reading

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