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Stage and Screen: Steering a way through life
Learning to Drive” (2014) is a sensitive, kind examination of the lives of an abandoned middle-class American book critic and a like-age Indian Sikh taxi driver/driving instructor. Patricia Clarkson plays the jilted, yet celebrated New York book critic, Wendy. Clarkson was the perfect selection to play the timorous, emotionally and socially dependent spouse of Ted (Jake Weber), who has taken up with another woman....
Sep 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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'The Wolfpack': Seven normal children in spite of a bizarre upbringing
Stage and Screen By: Bernie Karshmer Our 24-hour news cycle has exposed us to more "news" than many of us are equipped to process. This situation is complicated by a frequency and repetition of stories that we would not have known about not previously. This deluge of time-killing stories also features reports that have not been vetted carefully, or at all. In 21st-century America we get it all — whether accurate o...
Jul 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: 'Tomorrowland' contains an important message
If you’re thinking that “Tomorrowland” (2015) is just for kids – think about it again. “Tomorrowland” is actually an unsettling cinematic exercise for anyone who asks questions about the way in which current events signal the direction in which our world is going. George Clooney again demonstrates his willingness to appear in films that have larger social meaning. Many other actors are unwilling to take on such ro...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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'I'll See You in My Dreams' is not a chick flick
“Chick flick” is a pejorative. “I’ll See You in My Dreams” (2015) is not a chick flick even though it was described as such by several people before I saw it. The “Urban Dictionary” defines chick flick as “A film that indulges in the hopes and dreams of women and/or girls. A film that has a happy, fuzzy, ridiculously unrealistic ending.” Virtually every part of this description is absent from “I’ll See You in My D...
Jun 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: Crowe at his best in 'The Water Diviner'
“The Water Diviner” (2015) is worth seeing for the story it tells and the back-story that it suggests but does not tell. The story that is told is interesting, touching and violent. The film opens on a WWI battlefield with a Turkish officer giving his entrenched charges the order to leave the trench and attack the enemy on the Gallipoli Peninsula of Turkey. The First World War was a trench warfare disaster that co...
May 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘True Story’ delves into twisted minds
To fully appreciate “True Story” (2015) one must consider narcissistic and sociopathic behaviors, as these disorders underlie the fundamentally true story being related. Jonah Hill plays dishonored New York Times feature reporter Michael Finkel. Mass murderer Christian Longo is played by James Franco. Hill’s memorable, Oscar-nominated credits include “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013) and “Moneyball” (2011). Franco’...
May 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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'Woman in Gold' is a story that mandates retelling
“Woman in Gold” (2015) is a must see film – not because of its cinematic excellence – because it is well made, tells an interesting and a shamefully contemporaneous story and because it stars Hellen Mirren. Hellen Mirren is a force of nature on the silver screen. Her portrayal of Maria Altman in “Woman in Gold” is no exception. As the movie opens Maria Altman, a Holocaust survivor, is burying her husband. Maria im...
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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The 'Rock Star' life is difficult to change
Danny Collins (Al Pacino) is a sixtyish singer who enjoys monumental fame and accolades. While his primary audience is made up of like age fans; Collins is a show-biz phenom known by all ages. His concerts are attended by thousands and his songs are generational standards. Danny Collins literally enjoys “Rock Star” status and has earned a great deal of money. He has also lived the rock star life – booze, babes and...
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: 'Black or White' falls short
"Black or White" (2014) falls short in important ways - interesting concept, but a poorly directed film and Kevin Costner’s acting doesn’t help either. I’ll elaborate. The backstory: A teenage white girl has a baby fathered by crack smoking 23 year-old black man. The girl dies in childbirth without ever notifying her upper middle class parents that she is pregnant. The father abandons the mother and mixed-race inf...
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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'Selma' a compelling reminder
Movies have great power. Movies enlighten, movies enrich, movies entertain, movies educate. Additionally, movies cause us to examine our lives and values and, perhaps most significantly, movies remind us of matters that transcend our individual lives. Better movies accomplish two or more of these qualities. The year 2014 was rich with films that served multiple purposes. “Birdman,” for example, reminded us that ou...
Feb 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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