McKellen: Playing The Part

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  The great veteran British actor and passionate LGBTQ activist Sir Ian McKellen has yet to write an autobiography about his very full and successful life, but maybe he won’t have to now after this intimate and affectionate documentary of his life.  For the film, made by Joe Stephenson, McKellen evidently sat in a comfortable … Continue reading



Every Act of Life

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  The celebrated 78-year-old playwright Terrence McNally has enjoyed such a packed life with his roller-coaster career and a love life that itself could be the stuff that dramas are made off, so it was a tough challenge for filmmaker Jeff Kaufman to squeeze it all into 90 so minutes the length of his new profile.  The end result is … Continue reading



The Judge

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  Erika Cohn’s very sympathetic profile on Khoulud Al-Faqih who became the first woman appointed to be a Judge in a Palestinian Shari’a Court in the West Bank bravely attempts to uncover some of the mystique and secrecy that cloaks this Islamic culture.  Most of the time she succeeds exceptionally well, but on some occasions, … Continue reading



In Louboutin’s Shoes

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Filmmaker  Michael Waldman and his crew trailed the shoe designer Christian Louboutin for a whole year to make this flattering documentary on the man behind the world’s most expensive and highly sought-after shoes. Louboutin’s beginnings may have been humble but from the moment he turned his attention to designing shoes, his life has been anything … Continue reading



The Newspaperman : The Life & Times of Ben Bradlee

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We’ll be hearing a great deal this winter about the legendary Editor of the Washington Post who was largely credited with taking down President Richard Nixon in 1974 as Ben Bradlee is the focus of two major movies. In January he’ll be portrayed by Tom Hanks in The Post a fictionalized account of the Watergate … Continue reading



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