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The Jewish Problem (Film Review: “They Are Everywhere”)

A timely comedy that takes no prisoners in its sendup of Jewish stereotypes through the ages, refracted through a modern lens and playing out in disturbing ways across France and beyond. Continue Reading →


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Ponderosa Mafia (Series Review: “Yellowstone”)

Kevin Costner smolders as the conflicted magnate of the largest cattle ranch in the U.S., whose family code more reflects The Godfather than Bonanza. Is he Ben Cartwright or Don Corleone on horseback? Continue Reading →


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Dancing Girl (Film Review: “Girl”)

An intense portrait of a transgender teen in Belgium whose only wish is to be a ballerina. . . based on a true story. Continue Reading →


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Gangs of Siena -or- Corruption on Bareback (Documentary Review: “Palio”)

Il Palio di Siena is the oldest horse race in Italy. And as the fascinating documentary, Palio makes crystal clear, it’s not so much a race as it is a game. You don’t bet on the horse; it’s all about the jockey. Continue Reading →


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Meet The Family (Film Review: “Junebug”)

A modest little movie that rises to the ranks of minor masterpiece, Junebug is one of the most critically acclaimed and loved films in recent memory, and the performance that put Amy Adams’ star squarely on the map. Continue Reading →


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Not Without My Husband (Series Review: “The Widow”)

A grief stricken woman journeys into the Congo’s violent and corrupt underworld to get some answers on her missing husband, who was pronounced dead three years earlier. She’s not buying it. Continue Reading →


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The Breakup Assist, Kiwi Style (Film Review: “The Breaker Upperers”)

A zany and delightfully lowbrow comedy about breaking up, and the wacky BFFs who will do it for you, for a price. . . another comic gem from New Zealand. Continue Reading →