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Elvis and Nixon

In what has been humorously referred to as a docu-comedy, the 2016 film Elvis and Nixon, featuring Michael Shannon as the former and Kevin Spacey as the latter, reached movie theaters, and though it’s a largely forgotten movie, Elvis and Nixon gets […]

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All That Jazz

It’s been two years since live theater closed curtains. During this period of no staged drama, musicals, or comedy, we were relegated to the confines of late-night television comedians, sans in-person audiences. During this time of quarantine and pandemic […]

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Lucy and Desi

With Aaron Sorkin’s drama exploring one challenging week in the lives of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Being the Ricardos and the Amy Poehler directed documentary, Lucy and Desi (both currently streaming on Amazon Prime), the breakthrough […]

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Hamilton

“A Bastard Immigrant, son of a whore” — this is the unflattering but accurate  description of one of this country’s most brilliant founders, Alexander Hamilton, who became the nation’s first […]

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We Need To Talk About Cosby

We Need to Talk About Cosby is a four-part docuseries directed by W. Kamau Bell (who also proves to be a probing and effective interviewer); it’s currently streaming on Showtime. Early […]

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Reframed: Marilyn Monroe

It’s too easy to characterize women performers as sex objects rather than talented, charismatic people. Handsome men — such as Clark Gable, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Tom Selleck, Brad Pitt, etc. — […]

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The Humans

As with so many monster movies, The Humans,  like The Blob, The Shining, and The Bad Seed is a simple title but with horrific implications. Out of an ordinary occasion we encounter troubling, mysterious circumstances. The difference between “The Humans” […]