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Hang Ten, Girl! (Documentary Review: “Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story”)

An enduring pop culture fixture in America, the Gidget phenomenon actually began as one teen’s true life diary turned into a book written by her father and subsequently brought to the big screen. That was 60 years ago and the legend is still riding that perfect wave to this day. Continue Reading →


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When Norway Captured India’s King (Documentary Review: “Magnus”)

The fascinating story of Norway’s wunderkind grandmaster, Magnus Carlsen, known throughout the world as The Mozart of Chess. From toddler days to the 2013 world championship that became a David & Goliath showdown for world dominance, it’s as much a story about genius as about the bonds of family. Continue Reading →


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Reborn Free (Documentary Review: “Martin Clunes & A Lion Called Mugie”)

Who could forget the moving, true story of Elsa in Born Free? One tragedy and many decades later, meet Mugie, the future generation’s hope for a lion habitat resurrected from the ashes of George Adamson’s dream. Continue Reading →


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Uncorking the Fraud of the Century (Documentary Review: “Sour Grapes”)

‘Tis the Season to Drink & be Merry. . . until you realize that priceless bottle of Burgundy was mixed up in somebody’s kitchen sink. Continue Reading →


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Our World in the Crosshairs (Documentary Review: “Before the Flood”)

While the political climate in the U.S. undergoes a seismic shift, so does the planet, according to the sober and comprehensive documentary, Before the Flood. Continue Reading →


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The Medals You Don’t Wear on Your Chest (Documentary Review: “My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes”)

An enlightening portrait of true courage embodied by ordinary citizens, clergy and a superstar athlete, in the face of Nazi terror in Italy during World War II. Continue Reading →


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Yield to Art in Transit (Documentary Review: “The First Monday in May”)

A fascinating insider’s tour of the most illustrious fashion show on earth, The First Monday in May once and for all settles the Is-Fashion-Art? debate, elegantly of course. Continue Reading →