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“Hamilton” vs. “1776” isn’t a fair fight, save in one regard

There are some of laugh-out-loud moments in “Hamilton,” giddy little riffs (and raps) on the foibles of the Founding Fathers. A better show than “1776,” to be sure — more history packed into the tunes, great choreography, etc. Both shows, … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Coeds escape to the Italian Riviera for love — “Under the Riccione Sun”

So here I was, eye-strained from all the eye-rolling at the pretty and utterly vapid Italian beach romance “Under the Riccione Sun,” ready to UNLOAD on it with this opening. “If you missed out on how dry and empty American … Continue reading

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“Atomic Cafe,” “Harvard Beats Yale 29-29” director Kevin Rafferty dies at 73

Kevin Rafferty’s most acclaimed documentary, “Atomic Cafe,” was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry. It was about America’s atomic testing legacy. Harvard educated, a relative of the Bush clan, he made a very entertaining sports … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Between Shadow and Soul,” a silent remake of “The Third Wife”

Writer-director Ash Mayfair made a modest splash with her artful, serenely suspenseful “The Third Wife,”about a child bride’s experiences in 19th century Vietnam, and loosely based on Mayfair’s family’s 19th century history. The 14 year-old bride, May (Nguyen Phuong Tra … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: “#AnneFrank — Parallel Stories” on Netflix

Dame Helen Mirren sits at a desk and begins reading aloud from a book — a diary. The desk is in the room in “The Annex” in Amsterdam, the very room where Anne Frank and her family hid from the … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Seth Rogen is a modern day Tevye in “An American Pickle”

This August release looks simply amazing. Ambitious, too.

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Movie Preview: A life confused and in “Parallax”

A mystery about who she really is and whose life she is really living emerges in this July 10 release.

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Netflixable? Even “Desperados” shouldn’t be this desperate for love

About “Desperados,” the played-out sex farce Netflix wants to foist on the unknowing — don’t find yourself annoyed and muttering, as I am. “Damn. I wish I had that 100 minutes back.” You shouldn’t watch it just because SOMEbody thought … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Child Trafficking faces Texas Justice in “The Runners”

“The Runners” is a low-budget rural Texas riff on child sex trafficking, with a rural Texas take on “how we deal with’em, down in Texas.” It’s a straight-up C-movie that reaches its climax, and then stumbles towards a far bigger … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: A thriller from the “Archive”

Robots and Theo James and Stacey Martin and Rhona Mitra, with Toby Jones as the heavy. July 10 it streams.

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