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Growing the Family Business (Film Review: “A Most Violent Year”)

The stakes are high for a hardworking immigrant whose ferocious ambition to seize the American Dream is confounded by suspicion on all sides, a mysterious enemy threatening his very survival, and a nefarious player close to home. Continue Reading →


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Gumshoe Gumballs (Film Review: “Handsome: A Netflix Original Mystery”)

With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Netflix does it again. Handsome: A Netflix Murder Mystery is funny, self mocking and giggly. Think of it as a cross between Columbo and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Continue Reading →


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In Search of Holden Caulfield (Film Review: “Coming Through the Rye”)

The true story of the high school boy who knocked on J.D. Salinger’s door in 1969 after running away from boarding school. Meeting his literary hero was only part of the journey. Continue Reading →


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The Fighting Irish in Congo (Film Review: “The Siege of Jadotville”)

The true life David & Goliath story of an Irish battalion sent to Congo on a peacekeeping mission for the United Nations in 1961. Attacked by Congolese loyalists and French mercenaries and outnumbered 20-to-1, not a single Irish soldier lost his life in the 5-day battle. Continue Reading →


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Flatlined, Flatulent & Forgotten (Film Review: “Swiss Army Man”)

In a movie that defies every parent’s warning never to play with dead things, Swiss Army Man proves that corpses are people, too. Continue Reading →


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A Nun’s Gothic Revival (Film Review: “Little Sister”)

An offbeat comedy about a young nun’s visit home as the catalyst for confronting her dysfunctional family as well as challenging her vocational calling, Little Sister is as peculiar as it is moving. Continue Reading →


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Marital Arrangements -or- Why Can’t Husbands Be Like Furniture? (Film Review: “Love & Friendship”)

A lesser known Austen comedy of manners is stingingly adapted to the screen, making a mockery of marriage in aristocratic Georgian England. Watch out, those verbal barbs are sharp! Continue Reading →