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Wonder Filled World of Air Travel: An IMAX Celebration

National Geographic Praises Flight Technology With Stunning Pictorial Reminder of All that Airplanes have Brought, including World Shopping and Families back for Thanksgiving But Isn’t This Poignant Last Look at Earth at its Peak? With its Smithsonian premiere tomorrow in … Continue reading

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SLOMO – Office Man Breaks Away to Skate Forever

Here’s an amusing and possibly inspiring short found on freemoviescinema, a site we recommend for innumerable finds like this. SLOMO – Successful neurologist turns to simple life of beach rollerblading Here’s the description: Depressed and frustrated with his life, Dr. … Continue reading

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“Second Opinion”: Expose of Laetrile Scandal at Sloan-Kettering in Seventies

Eric Merola’s Documentary Shows Pharma Politics Reversed Positive Studies Public Spokesman/Idealist Ralph W. Moss Resisted Cover Up, Got Fired Time Brought Justice for Both Sides but Not Yet for Laetrile By Anthony Liversidge One of science and medicine’s best buried … Continue reading

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Emoticon :) – Livia de Paolis’s Italianate Look at Intimacy’s New e-Hurdles

Indie opening Friday is Challenge From Woman Director/Writer/Star Social Media Rule Teen Life and Love, But Do They Serve Them Well? Adults Worry, But Have their Own Communication Problems Indie screenings by debut directors in New York City, which has … Continue reading

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The Bad Seed (1956): Evil within innocence poses universal conundrum

Twists and electric denouement drive old fashioned play script Theme is hidden sociopathy, and nature versus nurture Live acted credits at the end are special bonus The Bad Seed is disquieting, but comfortably so, as befits a “classic” rerun on … Continue reading

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The World’s Fastest Indian (2005) – Anthony Hopkins’ Easy Five Star Charm

One wouldn’t suspect it from the title or the first scenes but you will find yourself viewing a perfect film if you choose this unassuming classic, partly because Anthony Hopkins’ performance is pitch perfect as the amiable old sod who … Continue reading

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“Wolf of Wall Street” – Powerful Performance, Predictable Script

Story is redundant and overblown, first half a slog Vivid DiCaprio presence overcomes routine story of scamming and orgiastic excess Blatant sex, obscenity laden dialogue, but only Leo moves drama The interest of Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street may … Continue reading

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Lech Walesa’s Superb Man of Hope

A film selected as the Polish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, Andrzej Wajda’s Lech Walesa: Man of Hope will be shown at MOMA on Dec 8 (private invitation). =================================================================== WIKI ENTRY: Walesa. Man … Continue reading

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Slammin’ Salmon: Fast fun, though knocked by Times

Unremittingly hectic, high energy laughs There is never a dull moment in Slammin’ Salmon (2009), which lack of respite is probably its only weakness. Steel yourself, if you can, for a set of high voltage slapstick routines played at peak … Continue reading

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Lincoln Center Shows LGBT NewFest

Announces the LineUp for LGBT NewFest/Outfest Included: Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf? A circular has arrived from The Film Society of Lincoln Center, detailing the line up of films in the 2013 NewFest coming up September 6th to 11th sponsored … Continue reading

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Slow and Gentle “Women Workers War”

Women With Heart Occupy Factory in Italy Cool, Involving Study of Resistance, Female Version Regaining Humanity in Work in 21st Century Capitalism A social documentary with philosophical resonance and global implications, The Women Workers War by Massimo Ferrari won the … Continue reading

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Fine CBS Sunday Morning Look At Poitier

“In the Heat of the Night” Slap Back Moment Saluted Poitier Reveals He Had It Written Into Contract An Actor Who Could not Relinguish His Dignity CBS News this Sunday morning (May 12 2013) reminds us of one of the … Continue reading

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Beijing Bicycle: Talk Less, Say More

Modern China Shows How A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words PBS showed Beijing Bicycle last Saturday night in Manhattan, a film about life in modern Beijing where a country boy comes to the big city and starts work as … Continue reading

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Highland Park: Difference a Windfall Makes

First time director smooths over his own story of broke town’s lottery win Switch from malaise to spending riches should enliven tale of civic hope renewed But drama drives in the slow lane throughout Built around a script with two … Continue reading

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Richard D. Zanuck, Hollywood’s Ideal Producer?

New TCM Bio Presents Zanuck as Honest, Earnest, Supportive, Imaginative Spielberg, Depp, Lansing, Eastwood Praise Him as Star Enabler Roster of His 80s Movies Reads Like Gold Seam in Hollywood Mine In a few days a well made documentary on … Continue reading

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Django Unchained*****:Gunfighting Ex-Slave Wreaks Bloody, Fiery Vengeance

Jamie Foxx Survives Torture, Rescues Wife, Blows Up The Plantation Bounty Hunter Christoph Waltz Charms, Fascinates as Respectful Enabler Tarantino’s Tale of Just Retribution Typically Marked by Ultra Violence Gripping Tour de Force – So Why Did It Lose Top … Continue reading

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St. Michael Had a Rooster****: Moving Study of the Vanity of Revolution

1972 movie of artistic distinction conveys emotional lesson brilliantly if inadvertently Silliness of theoretical idealism as lived out by hapless ice-cream salesman Marxist or anarchist, lack of pragmatism marks hopelessness of adherent’s action This adaptation of Tolstoy’s novel The Divine … Continue reading

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Owning Mahowny****1/2: Bank Dweeb On Gambling Roller Coaster

Mild bank guy embezzles and bets a streak which nearly saves him Hoffman plays lead as determinedly obsessed though meek mannered PBS tonight in NYC (Oct 7 2012) blessed us with this well made cliff hanger, featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman … Continue reading

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The Cold Light of Day****: Pedophile Killer Baited With Child

Fortunately not the 2012 dog, but the 1996 Richard E. Grant thriller Cliched yet also imaginatively disturbing star vehicle suffused with hypnotic cool of British lead More original than it seems at first, this quirky thriller features Richard E. Grant’s … Continue reading

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Pie In The Sky*: Romance Without Chemistry

Tiresome tale of unappealing couple who take years to get together while he pursues silly vocation as traffic copter reporter Neither wit nor imagination are discernible in this lumpen, silly and uninspired effort at portraying a dull romance from conception … Continue reading

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Bowfinger*****: Steve and Eddie’s Fun Movie

Don’t miss Bowfinger, a fine fun comedy about movie making. Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy join to concoct the most fun since forever as they run with the theme of making a great movie from the world’s silliest sci fi … Continue reading

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Palmetto****: Beauty Lures Drifter Into Kidnap Scam

Unfairly jailed reporter get suckered again by a kidnap scheme that goes awry Woody Harrelson stars in Palmetto as a newly freed reporter who had wound up in jail for two years for trying to uncover city hall corruption in … Continue reading

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Bottle Rocket***1/2: Amiable Slacker Heists

Risky romp as three buddies charm their way through multiple heists The slim but comic story line of cult charmer Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson’s first, before Rushmore) is a loose ramble along various buddy tropes centered on a slacker heist … Continue reading

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Cavedweller: Involving Female Drama

Absorbing study of a woman’s determination to win family reconciliation Surprisingly, given its ad description, the misnamed Cavedweller is a story of a return to the scene of domestic abuse which the heroine had fled years earlier, when her husband … Continue reading

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Bread and Roses: LA Wetbacks Fight Corporate Injustice

Idealistic union agitator leads wetback janitors to victory Brit lefty director Ken Leach has been championing the downtrodden for 35 years (My Name Is Joe, Carla’s Song, Land and Freedom) and his Hollywood (his first in the service of the … Continue reading

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Jackie Mason On Campus

Jackie’s unique comic talent tickles Oxford Union crowd pink The inimitable Jackie finds himself on stage at the Oxford Union where he elicits roars of laughter negotiating risky crevices between acceptable and dangerous humor about stereotypes of all kinds, including … Continue reading

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Beneath Clouds – Australian Classic

Young couple bond across Down Under’s racial divide on road trip Beneath Clouds ***** A classic movie, one of Australia’s greatest, Beneath Clouds is one of those rare scripts which includes long, silent expression as a big part of the … Continue reading

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Gasland: Fracking Threatens New York City

(Being transferred)

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Benda Bilili: Congo cripples hit world stage

A musical triumph for unstoppable Kinhasa street band Absorbing, joyful documentary celebrates independence, work and talent Simple pleasures and sorrows of life at the bottom – and the top (Being transferred)

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Up in the Air: Corporate executioner humbled by hook up

Road warrior George fires all in work and love, lives tether free Hotel romance hooks him, disappoints, disarmed George wiser but bereft We thought we knew in advance that Jason Reitman’s Up In The Air was simply a fast moving … Continue reading

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