Coming Attractions

One World One Day

July 24th, 2010 was not a particularly extraordinary day on Planet Earth. Yes, there was a full moon, the World Cup championship had just ended and many parts of the globe were gripped in an oppressive heat wave. But it … Continue reading

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Women’s Friendship Across Time

Chinese-American director Wayne Wang’s newest film has strong links to his best known work, THE JOY LUCK CLUB. The film SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN is also adapted from a best-selling novel and also focuses on the strong bonds … Continue reading

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Tales Of A Celebrated Chimp

While there are those naysayvers who continue to deny the realities of evolution, the  truth of the matter is that human beings are just one evolutionary rung up the ladder from the monkeys from which we evolved. In this sense, … Continue reading

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John Turturro’s Neapolitan Passion

As Americans (and by extension immigrants, no matter when our ancestors happened to come here), we seem perpetually fascinated by our roots. Perhaps by exploring where one comes from, one can get the sharpest sense of who one is and … Continue reading

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Hush Hush At The New York Times

At the most challenging time for daily newspapers in their entire history, the New York Times continues to be the nation’s newspaper of record. However, even at the venerable paper, news gathering and publishing are undergoing rapid transformations, and the … Continue reading

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Dancing An Irish Jig

Screen Media Films is releasing the Irish dance documentary JIG in limited release starting this week. The film, by former television director Sue Bourne who makes her feature documentary debut here, is definitely indebted to famed Irish dance entrepreneur Michael … Continue reading

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An Appalachian Environmental Disaster

THE LAST MOUNTAIN, an environmental documentary that is opening in limited release, looks at the coal industry in West Virginia that has strong implications for the future of the evolving energy plans for the United States. Directed by Bill Haney, … Continue reading

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Harry Shearer: The Savior Of New Orleans

With the Mississippi River about to overflow its banks in the beleaguered city of New Orleans, the specter of Hurricane Katrina, a devastation the city has still not recovered from, becomes an interesting focus of renewed speculation from a somewhat … Continue reading

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Will Ferrell In A Dramatic Mode

Will Ferrell is best known as a big and small screen funnyman (his 7 year stint on Saturday Night Live and his current role as the clueless boss in The Office) but in the course of his movie career, he … Continue reading

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