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At the Movies: A British Charmer & a Troubling Documentary On...

“Phantom of the Open”  How often do you see a comedy movie about golf? Recent years have seen a few popular US movies like the...

Two New Pictures: A French Bagatelle and an Old School Western

“The Rose Maker” Arriving just in time for spring comes a new French crowd-pleaser, all about roses ‒ and the people who love and grow...

Two Dramas: One Utterly Restrained, One Relentlessly Gripping

Mothering Sunday Many English novels of the 20th C. had a restrained, guarded tone, where disclosures and motives were quietly or elliptically revealed: dramas of...

Movies: A Look at an American Prison Tragedy

Every year during Oscar season, Academy voters come up with a winning list of five films for the Best Feature Documentary category. Here are...

A Lively New Period Musical and Some Stunning Documentaries

Cyrano “Cyrano de Bergerac,”  a 1897 drama by Edmund Rostand has had dozens of iterations with its evergreen tale of unrequited love. Its latest movie...

Spanish Film Icon Comes up with Another Winner

Spanish writer-director Pedro Almodovar continues to amaze with his latest effort, “Parallel Mothers,” a touching and brilliantly realized film that brings him back to...

At the Movies: Two Major Directors’ Latest

“The French Dispatch” From director Wes Anderson comes his 10th feature, “The French Dispatch,” which he has described as “a love letter to journalists set...

Two Autumn Films

“Worth” follows the horrific 9/11 attacks, after Congress has appointed renowned mediator Kenneth Feinberg (Michael Keaton) to lead the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund,...

At The Movies: Art and Soul

The New Bauhaus The German Bauhaus (roughly “building-house) was a touchstone for 20th C. Western art, architecture. and design. It was founded after WWI by...

At The Movies: Films Current and Historic

Storm Lake Here’s a paean to journalism, old style.  It’s also a near obituary for shoe leather journalism as it was practiced, especially in America’s...
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