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‘Wedding Doll’ screening features Q&A with Director

The Moviehouse in Millerton will present Nitzan Gilady’s award-winning film “Wedding Doll” on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. as part of its Filmmakers Spotlight series, which invites the audience to meet the filmmakers and hear real stories from behind the camera. 
“Wedding Doll” made a dramatic impression at the Jerusalem Film Festival, winning the awards for Best Actress, Best First Film and Best Israeli Film, along with awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Director at the Ophir Awards.

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Not Dirty, Just Dull

Movie: 'Fifty Shades Darker'

Every once in a while, a film comes along that is so magnificently awful it transcends itself and attains the status of “So Bad It’s Good.”
James Foley’s “Fifty Shades Darker” is not one of those films.
The second installment of the intensely tedious tale of career girl Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and bazillionaire pervert Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) — based on the book trilogy by E.L. James — finds our heroine working for a publishing firm and trying, not very hard, to fend off her old boyfriend.

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Full of Grit, Heart

Movie: ‘Hidden Figures’

Like the women it celebrates, “Hidden Figures” is a calculating movie that recalls a time when we raced to catch up to the Soviet Union in space. It is shameless in its audience manipulation, yet we do not care: The true story of three African-American women who played critical roles in launching John Glenn on America’s first flight into space is so flabbergasting that their triumph over racism and sexism becomes ours. 

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McAvoy Mesmerizes In Many, Many Roles

Movie: ‘Split’

M. Night Shyamalan’s career as a writer and director seems to be following an inverted bell curve. He started on a high note with 1999’s acclaimed “The Sixth Sense” — you know, the one where Haley Joel Osment saw dead people. He followed that hit with Bruce Willis as a real-world superhero in 2000’s “Unbreakable,” then focused on Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix as they dealt with aliens in 2002’s “Signs.”

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A New Life For Movie Musicals

Movie: 'La La Land'

“La La Land,” the delicious film by Damien Chazelle that won an unprecedented seven Golden Globes (including Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy) and is the odds-on favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, is a musical: the soaring, twirling, over-the-top kind that was last fashionable in the 1960s when Jacques Demy sent Catherine Deneuve dancing down sunny boulevards in his masterpiece, “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” to Michel Legrand’s jazzy pop score.

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Bringing Moonshine to the Masses

TV: ‘Billion Dollar Buyer’

It’s always fun to see somebody you know on reality TV. My sister-in-law recently killed it on “Jeopardy!” (She won a trip to Canada.) Local celebrities have done well on reality shows: Dafna Mizrahi, the chef at Monte’s Local Kitchen and Tap Room in Amenia, won an episode of “Chopped” in 2015. Now, Dutch’s Spirits, a purveyor of moonshine based in Pine Plains, was featured on a Jan. 10 episode of “Billion Dollar Buyer” on CNBC. 

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This Stand-Alone Film Has Heartbreak, Humor, Hope

Movie: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a ragtag group of Rebel fighters set out to retrieve the plans for the Empire’s Death Star, a massive space station that can destroy planets.

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A Mesmerizing, Binge-Worthy Look At The Royal Family

TV: 'The Crown'

If you are tired of the current shenanigans of our own politicians, or if you are an Anglophile, then the new Netflix series “The Crown” is for you. Planned to follow the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the present day in 60 hour-long episodes, the first 10 are streaming worldwide. (You can watch one a week or binge them all at once, as I did.)

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More Than A Disney Princess

Movie: 'Moana'

If you have been missing David Bowie, I have good news: His spirit lives on in the shape of a glittery, louche animated crab named Tamatoa, who lurks at the bottom of the sea collecting shiny objects to help him lure fish for his supper. 

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Binge-worthy Sci-Fi Shows

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It’s a good month to be a science fiction fan. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (a stand-alone film set before the original 1977 film) and “Passengers” (a movie featuring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt on a malfunctioning spaceship) hit theaters on Dec. 16 and 21, respectively. And “Doctor Who” finally returns with a Christmas special on Dec. 25 on BBC America.

While you wait for those, here are two fantastic sci-fi shows to binge-watch (and, most likely, watch again once you’ve finished the season).

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