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‘Gifted’: Chris Evans Shines as a Man Fighting the System for His Daughter

 

Be wary of small-minded people with a modest amount of power. I’m paraphrasing, but that line from Gifted stayed with me. Maybe I had a visceral response to this casual warning about a school principal because it seemed relevant to current politics, or any politics. Maybe it was just because it was another well-written thought […]

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Big Music Seeking a Congressional Bailout

 

Today, “more than 100 accomplished music creators” are in the nation’s capital for the annual “Grammys on the Hill.” But tomorrow, these stars will be taking part in a massive lobbying effort sponsored by the major record labels and largest music publishers. The halls of Congress will be abuzz with high-priced lobbyists and famous recording […]

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Rogue One: Empire of Evil and the Rise of Hope

 

Alongside the advent of Eastertide and springtime has come the digital, DVD, and Blu-ray release of the highly acclaimed Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (85% Rotten Tomatoes, 3.5/4 Rolling Stone). All in all, an engaging sci-fi tale that is gutsier and grungier than any previous Star Wars flick, and that’s a […]

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The Flash-Supergirl Crossover Musical was Better than La La Land

 

I did not like the overhyped musical film La La Land. It was okay. It just would have been better if the singing, dancing, plot, and ending had been interesting. It had a sweet and memorable ballad. Well, it was sweet. People might take my harshness toward La La Land as a pan against all […]

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Logan: The War Without and Within

 

SPOILERS AHEAD: Hugh Jackman defines the X-men comic character Wolverine. With the movie “Logan” the Jackman-Wolverine era is over. Logan follows an aging Wolverine on a resentful quest to save a girl he doesn’t want with a Professor X hobbled by seizures and infirmity. The movie is, in one word, violent. Needlessly so. For the […]

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‘High Noon’ at 65: Conservative Courage Behind the Scenes

 

High Noon (1952), now celebrating its 65th anniversary, was produced during the high tide of McCarthyism and the Korean War, and has been deemed a courageous allegory about the dangers of McCarthyism. But behind the scenes, the participants were anything but courageous, save for the lone conservative involved. The plot bears out an anti-McCarthy subtext. A […]

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‘The Flash’ Offers Hollywood ‘Another Way’

 

One of the best TV’s shows out there right now is DC Comics’s The Flash on The CW. Filled with fun characters who have a grounding in the sense of what justice is, the series provides the adventure of other CW superhero shows without the darkness of Arrow or the painfully obvious leftist messages of Supergirl. […]

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This Week in Liberalism

 

Every week, I find myself learning new things. For instance, this week I learned that wearing white represents the color of women’s suffrage. Who knew? I thought they might be headed to their local Kabbalah center after the address, or maybe a local interactive Jim Jones musical. Obviously, I would have much preferred the latter. […]

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Shall We Maltz? Art as a Weapon in Hollywood

 

More than seven decades ago, writer Albert Maltz predicted Moonlight’s “best picture” win at the Oscars. For that matter, he also predicted past victories by Spotlight, 12 Years a Slave, and American Beauty. “If a work, however thin or inept as a piece of literary fabric, expresses ideas that seem to fit the correct political […]

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President Oprah?

 

Oprah Winfrey, the media maven and Hillary supporter had an “ah ha” moment: She might run for president. Trump convinced her that she might be able to do it. She said, “I used to think that I might not have enough experience, now I’m thinking, oh, OH.” Hmm… Joking aside, Trump’s presidency may open paths […]

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