Beware a Dashing Man

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  England, 1961, is in a full post-colonial hangover. Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is sixteen and full of dreams of Paris and the wider world. She gets them for a brief time by becoming the girlfriend of an older man, David (Peter Sarsgaard). David is dashing, glamorous, good looking, and rich. How he gets his money is a bit unscrupulous, […]

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Everybody Loves Bernie

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Need a favor? Any favor at all? In Carthage, Texas, Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) is your man. While he is especially good with the performing arts, his vocation is as a funeral director, and he will even sing at your final ceremony if you ask. Bernie is especially good with widows, calling on them with care packages, which is how he […]

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Eli Wallach films

The venerable Eli Wallach, character actor extraordinaire recently passed away at the age of 98. He was in many memorable films during a career that spanned six decades. In 2010 he was honored with an Honorary Academy Award for a “lifetime’s worth of indelible screen characters.” He brought something meaningful to each role he played, no matter […]

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May the 4th Be with You!

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May the 4th has been adopted by fans as Star Wars Day due to its similarity to the movie’s catchphrase, “May the Force be with you.” With Episode VII  slated to open December 18, 2015, interest in the series is intensifying again. But let’s not forget where the phenomenon began. During it its initial release […]

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Down with G-O-D? Yeah, You Know Me

Jena Malone stars in Saved! as Mary, a girl who apparently has it all: a sweet boyfriend, a close relationship with her mother, and best of all, a membership in the Christian Jewels music group, which doubles as the popular crowd at American Eagle Christian High School. That is, of course, until she secretly gets pregnant trying […]

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Jim Henson’s Legacy

After finishing the recent Jim Henson biography, I’m in awe of what the man accomplished in 53 short years. Despite all his success, the book reveals little-known facts about his career. Who knew that Henson first performed a primitive, non-frog version of Kermit in 1955? Reading about each project the artistic genius undertook brought back fond childhood memories. We […]

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The Sandwich Generation in Iran

A Separation may not portray famous personages, nor have massive special effects, but it is compelling all the same. It deals with big ideas and the struggles of modern life, which are not that different in Iran as opposed America or anywhere else.  Well-off Simin (Leila Hatami) wants a divorce from Nader (Peyman Moaadi) because she wishes […]

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Siblings On Screen

April 10, 2014 is National Siblings Day, and there have been a number of these sticky relationships depicted with finesse on the silver screen. Check out these titles for a peek into the secret world of siblings. Your Sister’s Sister: Indie directress Lynn Shelton employs her minimalist mumblecore techniques to maximum effect in this contemporary look at Iris […]

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The Real Ireland

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The St. Patrick’s Day parade coming up serves as a reminder of the lovely trip I took to the Emerald Isle two years ago. I’d rather spend the day learning about the history of the event than going on a pub crawl in a sea of green, but that’s just me. One of my favorite […]

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Celebrate Pi Day

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March is here, and it’s time to party! Is it Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day or March Madness, you say? While those events usually occur in March, I’m talking about a different holiday. Get out your calculators—it’s time to celebrate Pi Day! What’s that, you may ask? Think back to geometry class… Pi is a […]

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