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Spielberg’s West Side Story : a special look

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  No matter how much you may loathe remakes of classic movies, you know you will not be able to resist Steven Spielberg’s adaption of  Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise’s West Side Story that won an unprecedented 10 Academy Awards back in 1961. As you would expect Spielberg has assembled a formidable team starting with … Continue reading



Ben Platt stars in Broken Diamonds : a familial mental health drama

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  Broken Diamonds is a new mental health drama that is the sophomore feature from director Peter Sattler, from a script by Steve Waverly.  Well done on every level, it will still make disturbing viewing to many whose lives have been touched by similar situations.  And even to those whose families have at some time … Continue reading



Perfume de Gardenias : a delicious black comedy about funerals

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  Whether this post-pandemic time is suitable for this rather wonderful black comedy that takes aim at the hypocrisy of funerals, seemed irrelevant. This deliciously funny satire is after all the work of Macha Colón, a character created by the artist Gisela Rosario Ramos and inspired by the iconic actor and drag queen Divine. In … Continue reading



Knots : A Forced Marriage Story

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  Filmmaker Kate Ryan Brewer’s powerful documentary on forced marriage is such an eye-opener that will shock most people who view it. Like others, I had been too quick to assume that such marriages are something that only occurs in third-world countries.  How very wrong I was.  Her film is about the forced marriages that … Continue reading



Kate Winslet shines in HBO’s Mare of Easttown

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  Unlike other film actresses in her age group Oscar winner Kate Winslet has not suddenly started re-focusing her career onto playing roles in TV series.  Even though her very first one Mildred Pierce potted her a Golden Globe in 2012. Winslet, recently seen on the Big Screen in Francis Lee’s glorious sophomore movie Ammonite, … Continue reading



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