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Diederik van Hoogstraten
by | Dec 28, 2017

Christopher Plummer has played so many memorable roles. I mean, The Sound of Music! But here’s a question. As a…

by | Dec 21, 2017

Before we move on to the Earnest and Important, a word about Father Figures. I didn’t expect it, but this…

by | Dec 15, 2017

Good actors show up in terrible films. This year’s The Leisure Seeker is an example: the great Helen Mirren works…

by | Dec 8, 2017

The voice of Sally Hawkins is appealingly clear. Just last year she hummed and muttered her way through the overlooked…

by | Nov 30, 2017

The waves of the Pacific Ocean can be mesmerizing, providing solace and peace and, for surfers, excitement — a welcome…

by | Nov 17, 2017

Films about race and racism can be important. They’re also difficult to make. Witness Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation,…

by | Nov 10, 2017

Frances McDormand is a force. It’s something in the actress’s voice, her eyes, her sense of humor and her quiet…

by | Nov 3, 2017

Steve Carell has often said the way to deal with hardship is through humor. The man we know from The…

by | Oct 27, 2017

Growing up with a Protestant minister for a father, I learned very little about Catholicism. I knew Christianity — the…

by | Oct 20, 2017

The towers burned, the city was in a panic. Most of us fled as smoke and fear filled the air….

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