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Manchester by the Sea

Monday, March 27, 2023

  Manchester by the Sea is a relentless white-knuckle drama. There are too many horrors for these ordinary, decent people who try so hard to live ordinary, decent lives.  Manchester […]...

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In the Heat of the Night

Monday, March 20, 2023

  In the Heat of the Night (1967, rating “Approved,” 110 minutes) is a message film. The message was red hot in 1967, considering the civil rights violence of the […]...

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Good Will Hunting

Monday, March 13, 2023

    There are several plot lines in Good Will Hunting, and of course you know about this one: genius janitor solves math problems on blackboard at night and also […]...

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Hard Times

Monday, March 6, 2023

    I watch Hard Times (1975, rated PG, 93 minutes) every year, because it’s a heroic story, because it’s complete unto itself, because it generously invites the viewer to […]...

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Monday, February 20, 2023

  About 55 years ago, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy and Sidney Poitier and Katharine Houghton got crazy in Hollywood and filmed Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967, not rated, 108 […]...

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Ethan Frome

Monday, February 13, 2023

  The breaking of a heart can take so long… I watched Ethan Frome (1993, rated PG, 99 minutes), then I read the book, then I watched the movie again, it’s easier […]...

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Emperor of the North

Monday, February 6, 2023

  Emperor of the North (1973, rated PG, 118 minutes) is a heroic film. Do yourself a favor: plan to watch it twice. Get the picture: a tramp named “A No. […]...

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Dirty Dancing

Monday, February 6, 2023

Dirty Dancing (1987, rated PG-13, 100 minutes) invites you to go deeper than the “ugly duckling/Prince Charming/red hot final dance” story—the powerful elements of the film are Baby’s naiveté, and her […]...

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Conspiracy

Monday, January 30, 2023

  Conspiracy is an almost flawless portrayal of naked evil being done by powerful men, each of whom has lost or abandoned his moral compass. It is dry, withering, completely transparent, […]...

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Brokeback Mountain

Monday, January 30, 2023

  Here’s the big bad spoiler: there’s a love story in Brokeback Mountain (2005, rated R, 135 minutes). It has cowboys. It has scenic mountains. It has pickup trucks and big empty […]...

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A Doll’s House

Monday, January 23, 2023

If you’re a fan of Henrik Ibsen’s stark, unforgiving play, you’ll love this film version of A Doll’s House (1973, rated G, 95 minutes). Both have the same undercurrent of desperation. […]...

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Ode to the Quirky Character

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Recently, a patron recommended Clock Dance by Anne Tyler.  She remarked, “this book has Anne Tyler’s wonderful quirky characters.” I quickly checked out the book and am happy to report […]...

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