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At The Movies: Interiors, Exteriors

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It’s not unusual for a dramatic motion picture to have its exterior, or outdoor scenes, shot on location, but its interior scenes filmed elsewhere, such as on a sound stage. There usually is a harmony between the two. Everything “fits” visually, you have no doubt that every foot of film was shot were the story […]

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“Finding Vivian Maier”

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Admit it. You’ve got them. So do I. What have we got? Photos. Lots of photos. Too many photos. All tucked away in albums, envelopes full of negatives and prints from the drug store, trays of slides, boxes in drawers. Suppose during the days long before digital cameras had been invented you had taken just […]

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Getting “Under The Skin” of Mankind in Scotland

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Betsy Sharkey reviews ‘Under the Skin’ starring Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, and Lynsey Taylor Mackay.

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“The Noble Spirit” – Not Giving in to Death

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Dying. We’re all going to do it, but we really don’t want to think about it until our mortality catches up with us, forcing us to confront it. When someone dies we ask “From what?” A common enough question today, but as Kathryn Schulz’ story, Final Forms: What death certificates can tell us, and what […]

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“Nebraska” Isn’t Not About Nebraska

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Nebraska (the movie) isn’t about Nebraska (the state). Sure, it was filmed  in Nebraska, but also in Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. So it could just have well have been named after one of those other states of the union, or Nemowyosod, a meaningless word made up from letters found in the names of all […]

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“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

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Kenneth Turan reviews ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’.

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“Non-Stop”: Thank God I’m Not On It!

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Do any of we passengers really enjoy flying on a commercial airliner today? Cramped seats, no food, no frills, no fun! But absent a flight cancellation, at least we are likely to reach our final destination. Eventually. That is, unless we’re on-board this non-stop New York-to-London flight during which someone, including a federal air marshal, […]

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Only in L.A.: “The Soloist”

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Los Angeles. El Pueblo de la Reyna de los Angeles. “The town of the Queen of Angels.” Aka “City of Angels.” Call it what you will—and what the Spanish called it is in dispute—to tens of thousands of homeless people who live and die there, it’s the “City of Lost Angels.” Except for one of […]

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“The Square”: The Story Behind the Egyptian Revolution

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Egyptian activist Ramy Essam (R) in Jehane Noujaim’s documentary THE SQUARE. Courtesy of Noujaim Films. By Margaret Barthel At the heart of every nation there is always an iconic communal place –a symbolic and physical space where we define and…

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Speaking of “Her”

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Expressing one’s emotions can be problematic. But not for Theodore Twombly. He works for a unique “communications” company that specializes in writing heart-felt letters on behalf of  “too-shy-to-say-it-myself” clients. And Theodore’s letters are such masterpieces that a major publishing house wants to turn a collection of them into a best-selling book. Despite his facility with […]

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“Gringo Trails” – Planetary Salvation or Destruction?

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“Are tourists destroying the planet–or saving it?” That’s the opening line of the Website for the documentary film, Gringo Trails. And here’s what the film is all about: “How do travelers change the remote places they visit, and how are they changed? GRINGO TRAILS, a new documentary film, offers answers—some heartbreaking, some hopeful. From the […]

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