Daily Archives: July 1, 2021

Documentary Review: Finding “The Phantom” may show Texas executed the wrong man — again

On a night in February of 1983, Carlos DeLuna ran away from the scene of a murder, a Corpus Christi, Texas convenience store. The 911 dispatcher, and later a courtroom, heard the 911 tape of Wanda Lopez confirming that a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Misery” antics in Argentina — “Rock, Paper, Scissors (Piedra, Papel y Tijera)”

Claustrophobic, minimalist and deliciously macabre, “Rock, Paper, Scissors” is an Argentine variation on the paranoid excesses of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” or “Misery.” Well-acted and properly gloomy, if a tad predictable, it starts off dark and turns pitch-black in … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A Nightmare with laughs, “First Date”

Mike’s the kind of guy everybody walks over and everybody talks over. Like that manic driveway car salesman Dennis, who tries to sell him a ’65 Chrysler New Yorker when the kid came over to buy a practical, cheap Toyota. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gladwell dabbles in more militaria with “The Bomber Mafia”

I was curious to see what “The Nickelback of American Letters” was up to, dipping his glib toe in the murky waters of World War II and the undying myth of the “surgical (air) strike.” “The Bomber Mafia” is a … Continue reading

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