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Period Pieces Relevant for Our Times

The Front Runner More than 30 years ago, the Democratic Party had a show horse, a 41-year-old senator, both serious and studly, to challenge the...

Two Versions of Misspent Lives

Can You Ever Forgive Me? Melissa McCarthy, proud portrayer of the loudmouth and practitioner of the pratfall, takes an intriguing new tack in “Can You...

Emma Thompson Shines in a New Drama and Science Geeks Shine...

The Children Act Recently I reviewed a movie adaptation of “On Chesil Beach,” a tale by prominent English writer Ian McEwan. McEwan has been cinematically...

Second Look: An Annual Review of Films That Got Away

Once again, my September column takes a look back at films of the past year (2017) that were little noticed when first released. This...

Two Contemporary Biographies

Eighth Grade Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher) is 13 and in her last week of eighth grade and looking forward—with trepidation—to high school in her benign...

At the Movies: On British shores and on British sets

‘On Chesil Beach’ British writer Ian McEwan is the author of more than a dozen accomplished novels in the last 25 years and has had...

Two Very Different Winners

RBG Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG for short) has experienced a rich and fruitful life. Yet all her contributions, however epoch-making, did not...

Two Films from Real Events: One a Hijacking Suspenser; the Other a...

The Death of Stalin British writer/director Armando Iannucci is best known for his caustic HBO comedy series, “Veep.” He also scored with the droll feature...

Two Films: Brits Behaving Badly and Bits from the American Songbook

The Party Versatile British writer-director Sally Potter has made only eight feature films over 35 years; films that have received radically varied critical assessments.  Her...

Two Films for the New Year: The American Western Revived and...

Hostiles They used to be standard fare in movie houses: “classic” Westerns, typically featuring laconic heroes, stoic sidekicks, cavalry units, Indian attacks, ladies in distress,...