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Remembering Allende

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April 4, 2012
Remembering Allende

Isabel Allende’s much celebrated 1982 novel The House of the Spirits was a wonderful read full of angst and sorry, pain, anger and frustration. It joins the great Latin American magical realist tradition while offering a credible depiction of the horrors of early 1970s Chile and the overthrow and assassination of Marxist president Salvador...
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Thatcher without Thatcherism – A Film Review

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January 21, 2012
Thatcher without Thatcherism – A Film Review

It seems an appropriate time to release The Iron Lady, a film that promises to review the life and times of Britain’s first female prime minister, the redoubtable Margaret Thatcher. That’s Baroness Thatcher, if you please.  Regrettably filmmaker Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!) gives us a watered-down version of Thatcher. Instead of providing a no-holds-barred...
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America Needs Eastwood – A Film Review

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November 22, 2011
America Needs Eastwood – A Film Review

I wonder if Clint Eastwood is thinking about running for president. Maybe he should. With his latest success, J. Edgar, he has once again put his finger on the pulse of what is wrong in American society. President? Not another Hollywood transplant to DC? Could he be worse than the last actor-president? I doubt...
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The Innocence of Joe Hill

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October 28, 2011
The Innocence of Joe Hill

William M. Adler, The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon (New York: Bloomsbury, 2011). Since he was shot by a Utah firing squad on November 19, 1915, people have debated the guilt or innocence of storied protest songwriter and singer Joe Hill. Now, with a...
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Moneyball hits a homer

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October 18, 2011
Moneyball hits a homer

My wife is not, decidedly and emphatically not, a sports fan. She’d rather watch her garden grow, which it was slow to do this past late-starting summer, than watch a baseball game…even a World Series game. So, when she agreed to join me for a showing of the new movie Moneyball, I was surprised....
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Tree is this year’s big (yawn!) bust

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July 13, 2011
Tree is this year’s big (yawn!) bust

Film-goers might be forgiven for wondering what in the Hell director Terrence Malick has foisted on them with his latest work, The Tree of Life. For the first time in a long while, I felt like asking the theatre to refund my money after watching – and occasionally falling asleep – in this cinematic...
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Dogtooth

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February 20, 2011
Dogtooth

The movies have always been interested in exploring family life and this is even truer with television, but Oscar nominee Dogtooth takes that exploration several steps beyond the normal examination of familial foibles and everyday crises.
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The Social Network

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February 15, 2011
The Social Network

There wasn’t a single character that I liked in The Social Network, a film about the making of Facebook. Now, maybe I wasn’t supposed to like anyone. But it saddened me to see young people portrayed as greedy, status-seeking, sex-crazed, dope- and booze-addled bimbos and wannabe billionaires.
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Power opera

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February 14, 2011
Power opera

It isn’t really opera unless someone dies, said a friend the other night at the end of a Vancouver performance of Mozart’s last opera, La Clemenza di Tito. Well, no one died although we came close and I came away wondering about the child prodigy’s politics.
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Killing for Coal

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February 6, 2011
Killing for Coal

Few Canadians will have heard of the infamous Ludlow Massacre, a “slaughter of the innocents” at a workers’ tent city in the coalfields of Colorado in the spring of 1914. Fewer still will know that in the footnotes to that show of corporate bullying against miners and their families a familiar name pops up,...
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