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Stars Shine in Twilight Love

Movies: ‘The Leisure Seeker’

Who wouldn’t go to a movie that had Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland as the lead actors? They are both so good. 
You have seen them in so many movies, playing all sorts of roles for so many years. Neither of them has lost one bit of their punch or unique style. 

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Fake News Kennedy Style

Movies: ‘Chappaquiddick’

Most of us of a certain age remember Chappaquiddick. On July 18, 1969, U.S. Senator Teddy Kennedy’s car drove off Dike Bridge on the tiny island of Chappaquiddick, off of Edgartown, Mass., two days before the first man stepped on the moon. 

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When Dogs Rule

Movies: ‘Isle of Dogs’

Wes Anderson must have more patience — and imagination — than any other film director. The small, intensely personal worlds he creates, with their gorgeous sets that might be dioramas and  idiosyncratic soundtracks, are like no other. Whether using meticulous, handmade stop-motion animation, as he did in the under-appreciated “Fantastic Mr.Fox,” or live actors speaking wry dialogue in unexpected situations, as in “Moonrise Kingdom,” Anderson rarely disappoints.

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Spielberg’s Virtual Morality Thrills

Movies: ‘Ready Player One’

Your affection for Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” will depend on your knowledge of video games and your reaction to the moral message it delivers. Of course, you may just enjoy his brilliant way with framing, pacing and editing: The film zips along with breathless action while it unloads tons of detritus from the pop culture of the 1980s, Spielberg’s heyday.

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Two New Films About Gardeners as Artists

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The spring of 2018 could provide great cross-pollination for gardeners and flower lovers ­­— and it has nothing to do with what’s going on outside.
There are two new documentaries about important garden designers: “The Gardener” about the Hudson River Valley’s Frank Cabot, who founded The Garden Conservancy; and “Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf” about the creator of the Dutch Wave movement and designer of the High Line in lower Manhattan. 

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A New Take On Heroism

Movies: ‘7 Days in Entebbe’

There are days in your life you will always remember. 
I vividly remember where I was and how I felt when I learned that Israeli commandos had rescued scores of Israelis that had been held hostage in far away Entebbe, Uganda.
An overwhelming sense of immense euphoria came over me in hearing the miraculous news.
What a feat! How could they have pulled this off? What a stupendous logistical accomplishment. Couple that with the bravery of these young Israeli soldiers who risked their lives to save so many of their own.

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Funny and Brutal

Movies: ‘The Death of Stalin’

Power in Joseph Stalin’s U.S.S.R. empire was based on his whims and the loyalty of his cabinet, men terrified of being purged without warning. Toadies all, they crawled and slithered around him, ready to do his bidding and enforce the terror of his rule. They certainly did not want to join the millions of people who had already died by his order.

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Bold and Beautiful

Movies: ‘A Fantastic Woman’

‘A Fantastic Woman,” winner of this year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar, is a bold and quite moving film from Chilean director Sebastian Leilo (“Gloria.”) The movie stars a very beautiful and talented Daniela Vega, who was born David.

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Regrets Only For This Party

Movies: ‘The Party’

‘The Party,” writer/director Sally Potter’s latest movie, is basically a filmed play that aspires to mix farce and satire with a soupçon of tragedy. Shot in lustrous black and white, it is both arid and unforgiving of its characters. Its 71 minutes are more than enough for a splendid cast to fire volley after volley of cheap shots, many so flat-footed that you may long for the wit and brilliance of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s script for “All About Eve.”

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Movies for 32 Cents – What’s The Catch?

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By now, most of us have heard of MoviePass. You pay $10, and MoviePass sends you a debit card. You pick a movie you want to see, the company charges up the card with whatever the ticket price is, and you use the card to buy the ticket.
For your $10 per month, you can see one movie per day. Every day. In months with 31 days, that works out to 32¢ per movie.
The question most of us have is, “”Where does the money come from?”

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