Monthly Archives: November 2018

Documentary Review — “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes”

A former Fox News producer says they had a name for it; the network’s style, the “stories” favored there and the edict they were given from on high. “We used to call it ‘Riling up the crazies,’” Joe Muto remembers … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Sicilian Ghost Story”

Starkly beautiful, haunting and touching, “Sicilian Ghost Story” is an Italian “Endless Love,” a tale of first love and the fantasies that spin out of that when the one you’re smitten with goes missing. Filmmakers Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza have … Continue reading

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Movie Review: RBG earns notoriety “On the Basis of Sex”

Our year of celebrating Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reaches a crescendo with “On the Basis of Sex,” a thrilling if somewhat conventional celebration of her early life and her path to the case and cause that made her … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Wild West of Chinese commerce is inviting to a “Ghostbox Cowboy”

“Ghostbox Cowboy” is a trippy culture-clash comedy, an “innocent abroad” tale of an American rube out of his depth in the new Wild West, the free-for-all that counts as a marketplace in modern day China. It’s willfully, defiantly cryptic and … Continue reading

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Preview, “Islam and the Future of Tolerance”

How do you debate the tolerance of a religion intolerant of criticism? A central dilemma of our times, of the West dealing with the Islamic East. Here’s a documentary about that issue and the core debate between Islam and the … Continue reading

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Next Screening? “On the Basis of Sex”

So Best Actress looks like a crowded field at the Academy Awards this awards season. Glenn Close for “The Wife,” maybe one or both of the leads from “The Favorite” or “Mary Queen of Scots.” But if this one works, … Continue reading

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Preview, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” and the “Claire de Lune”

Second trailer. The Millie Bobby fans have been dying for this one. Pat yourself on the back if you get the “Frankie and Johnny” musical reference.

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Movie Review: “Mary Queen of Scots” and Elizabeth I fight each other and the Patriarchy

History’s most famous feuding redheads got at it again in “Mary Queen of Scots,” an engrossing, marvelously-acted account of the monarchical cousins that suggests their real enemy wasn’t each other — it was the grasping, pushy and ambitious men who … Continue reading

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Next screening? “Mary Queen of Scots”

On first and second blush, this film of history’s greatest “cat fight” would appear to have a contender or two in its cast. Saoirse? Margot? Stage director Josie Rourke, making her feature film directing debut, certainly knows a thing or … Continue reading

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Preview, “Fighting with My Family” gives us The Rock as…The Rock

I’ve been seeing clips of this for months, but they’re calling this the first “official trailer” about the Brit family that longed for WWE glory in the good’ol US of A. Florence Pugh plays the girl who comes from a … Continue reading

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