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Mary, Queen of Scots

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  The Irish/American actress Saoirse Ronan is a shoo-in for her 4th Academy Award nomination for her electrifying performance as the title character Mary, Queen of Scots.   To be fair however, Margot Robbie playing her very fierce cousin Queen Elizabeth 1 of England is also certain to get attention when it comes to acting awards too. … Continue reading



Maria by Callas

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  The sheer beauty of Tom Volf‘s enthralling documentary on the legendary diva Maria Callas is that he puts such an emphasis on the music and her magnificent voice.  By using only her words from interviews, letters and videos whilst Volf touches on Callas’s life that was more tumultuous off-stage, he never lets that override this … Continue reading



Love Gilda

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  This affectionate tribute of the late great comic genius Gilda Radnor from filmmaker Lisa D’Apolito has the remarkable benefit of a surfeit of archival footage and also access to Radnor’s very moving journey.  There are times when D’Apolito overwhelms us with some rapid montages from the past, but she can get away with it most … Continue reading



306 Hollywood

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  Visual artist siblings Elan and Jonathan Bogarin describe their very personal documentary about their maternal grandmother as ‘magical-realist’.  After she dies the pair persuade their mother to delay selling grandmother’s New Jersey house so they can conduct an ‘archaeological dig’ that will serve as an excavation into her life. Anette Ontel the matriarch of their … Continue reading



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