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King Lear: Early Retirement Can Be Fatal

Monday, August 11th, 2014
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King Lear is a difficult play-long, brutal, and complex. Did I mention brutal? Intending to live out his life in accustomed luxury surrounded by filial

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Calvary – Testing the Faith in a Small Irish Town

Monday, August 11th, 2014
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Calvary, written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, and Kelly Reilly, has an interesting thriller-esque plot. The film invites sincere

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Raising a Glass to Elaine Stritch

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
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Elaine Stritch, dead at 89 but neither gone nor forgotten, was celebrated on the evening of August 7 at the Metropolitan Room on West 22nd.

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Five Films With Lethal Weather

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
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Say one thing about the new release Into the Storm -  it’s certainly topical. With freak storms, tornados, tsunamis, and more becoming all too regular occurrences,

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Strictly Dishonorable…And Thoroughly Delightful

Friday, August 8th, 2014
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It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious…Oscar Wilde How many synonyms are there for charming? Delightful,

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The Hundred-Foot Journey
A Delightful Film About Food, Family, and Love

Friday, August 8th, 2014
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If someone remarks, “Make sure you eat before watching this film,” one might assume the person is simply warning you about its long length. In

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Picture Ourselves in Latvia

Friday, August 8th, 2014
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If you think anyone is sane, you just don’t know enough about them…… Christopher Moore What is accomplished here with bare bones space and set

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The Opponent – Visually Arresting; Dramatically Thin

Thursday, August 7th, 2014
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Donell Fuseles (Kamal Angelo Bolden) has been hanging around Rock and Anvil Boxing Gym in Lafayette, Louisiana since he was an adolescent. Ten plus years

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