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Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Dr. Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts. Photo courtesy IMDB

New ‘Doctor Strange’ Opens Doors to Methods, Madness in the Multiverse

Back in November 2016, when I saw the first “Doctor Strange” movie in theaters, my interest in Stephen Strange’s storyline boiled down to two points: my initiation into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and my susceptibility to actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s charms.

There will be a screening of an award-winning Ukrainian film in Great Barrington on May 21. Image from IMDB

Film Festival Fundraiser for Ukraine

Berkshire International Film Festival is partnering with the Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington, Mass., to present a special Stand With Ukraine fundraising event screening of Roxy Toporowych’s 2018 Ukrainian award-winning film “Julia Blue.”

Not all print-to-film adaptations can preserve the hair-rising chills of a great thriller novel, but three adaptations of work by Patricia Highsmith maintain their creepy splendor, even on celluloid, including Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train,” at right.

The Talented Patricia Highsmith — and Why Her Stories Work on Film

Spring feels like an ideal time to get tangled up in a mystery, as the snow melts away to uncover what was buried in the fall.

There’s something seductive about cozying up with a spellbinding tale that requires the reader’s rapt attention as the characters become entangled in a web of lies.

Alicia Silverstone is a modern-day Emma in Amy Heckerling’s “Clueless,” which will be the featured film of the Boondocks Film Society on Thursday, May 19.

Get ‘Clueless’ with the Boondocks Film Society

Today it would probably be called “fan fiction” but back in 1995 when “Clueless” was released, it was just considered a hilariously funny modern film version of Jane Austen’s novel about a meddling matchmaker with a heart of gold, whose name was Emma.

Kate Winslet, a former resident of Salisbury, Conn., stars in “Mare of Easttown,” which our streaming correspondent feels was worthy of an Emmy Award. Image courtesy IMDB

Should Have Won an Emmy But …

The Television Academy recently changed the title of my favorite watching category from Miniseries to Outstanding Limited Series.  The key word is “limited.” Too many series shows don’t know when to stop. “Happy Days” jumped the shark in season five but continued for seven more, all downhill.


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