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Good Bye, Boy Scouts


Boys will not be boys. Boy Scouts will not be Boy Scouts. Boy Scouts will be Boy and Girl Scouts so says a new edict from the leadership of the Boy Scout organization: The Boy Scouts of America agreed Wednesday to start admitting girls into the Cub Scouts next year and to create a program for […]

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How to Look at Important Historical Men


Before I talk about the drama Marshall, a moment to catch up on a film that has been in theaters for a week. Loving Vincent tells a crime story of sorts about the death of my Dutch compatriot, the painter Vincent van Gogh, in a small French village in 1890. It is not the most […]

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Harvey Weinstein Flees to Europe, Ben Affleck Groped Actress, Too


Harvey Weinstein left on a jet plane to Europe to get treatment for “sex addiction.” He’s not avoiding prosecution for sex crimes. Of course, not. Harvey is also being divorced by his wife. More women are coming out and revealing the abuse and/or rape they received at his hands. Hollywood men are silent in solidarity. […]

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Get Back to Where You Once Belonged


Sweet Loretta Martin thought she was a woman But she was another man All the girls around her say she’s got it coming But she gets it while she can —The Beatles News of Hugh Hefner’s death last week struck me even harder than the 1975 breakup of Sonny and Cher. One falls into thinking […]

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Stuck With Each Other and a Dog


We are a nation of dog lovers. America houses 78 million canines, almost half of all households have a dog. As the companion of an insanely energetic, loving Vizsla named Charlie I’m partial to them, so to me this love of dogs confirms we inhabit the greatest country on the planet. The new survival drama/outdoor […]

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A Very Old Guy Walks Into a Bar


The only thing worse than awkward silence is small talk. That sentence in the new film Lucky sums up the mood of the character named Lucky, and of the film itself. Spare me the b.s., Lucky keeps telling his friends in the bar and diner of the tiny desert town where he lives his simple […]

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Courage in Boston


Before we move on to Stronger, an example of courage and terrific film making, a note on yet another cruel mistake by Jennifer Lawrence. I generally shy away from negative reviews; I prefer recommending the good ones. mother! by Darren Aranofsky deserves an exception to the rule. (Like everything about this W.T.F. film, even the […]

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No One Cares About the Emmys


Like the rest of America, I didn’t watch the Emmys. Why bother? Here’s the Award Show routine: Old jokes about conservatives and Republicans. Worried actors sharing their fears about their favored group being oppressed, harmed, or otherwise hassled. Beautiful dresses. Edgy, uncouth style. Drunk/drugged actor or actress (the acting equivalent of a fight during a […]

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Fighting Jihadists, Fighting the Midlife Blues


Hollywood loves red-carpet affairs. Hollywood Boulevard shuts down, actors pose for selfies with screaming fans, and traffic becomes a special version of hell. None of this occurred Tuesday night, when American Assassin opened at the Chinese Theater. The publicity machine had decided to cancel the red carpet, “in an effort to keep the attention on […]

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Sloane Beats Venus!


Down 0-30, Venus lets go an ace, a perfect serve-plus-one shot into the corner, a service winner on the T, and clinches with a big baseline shot that Sloane shanks back, long. 1-1. It looks like it’s going to be a ball game. Miss Williams, if you please, and Miss Stephens. Are these the two […]

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