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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.

“His Girl Friday” starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell is on the list of diverse films showing this spring at the Mahaiwe.

Spring Movies at the Mahaiwe

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass., continues its movie screenings with “Good Will Hunting” on Friday, April 8, at 7 p.m., “His Girl Friday” on Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m., “Legally Blonde” on Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m., and “Raising Arizona” on Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m.

The Apocalypse Is Good For You

Why are we drawn to post-apocalypse stories? One theory is that shows of social chaos and survival prepare us better for the fearful time we live in and that fans of such stories are better able to cope with anxiety.

So turn off the news, cut down on your meds and watch these two very different and exceptional shows.

“The French Dispatch” is a film about France, about art, about youth and love and the 1960s —  and above all about journalism, with Bill Murray, at left in photo, portraying editor Arthur Howitzer Jr. Photo from The French Dispatch

Why You Should Watch ‘French Dispatch’ Again

Perhaps you saw Wes Anderson’s wonderful new film, “The French Dispatch,” on the big screen at The Moviehouse in Millerton, N.Y., or another theater and perhaps you were confused by it.


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