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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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Nordic Noir Goes West (Film Review: “The Salvation”)

Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green reunite in a gripping Danish homage to the Hollywood Western which – built on Revenge – rings both silent and furious. 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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No Travel Ban on Laughter (Standup Comedy Review: “Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark”)

Trevor Noah’s new special spans the globe, proving once again there’s no accent he can’t conquer . . . or is it colonize? Continue Reading →


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The Reluctant Partner (Film Review: “Me, Myself and Her”)

An intelligent, character-driven film about a middle-aged same-sex couple in the Eternal City in which one partner may not be playing for keeps. Continue Reading →


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Frozen in Translation (Film Review: “Journey to Greenland”)

Two Frenchmen, a remote village on the arctic ice, polar bears and seal eyes, and family redefined make up the gentle and genial Journey to Greenland. 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 →