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Jessica Chastain

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by Laura Leon November 13, 2014

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  Anybody knows that with a Christopher Nolan movie, however much we might leave the theater thinking “Wow, that was amazing,” the inevitable feelings of “WTF was that?” begin encroaching on one’s feelings of amazement. Interstellar ...

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Oscar Winnings Playbook

by The Staff February 20, 2013

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  By Laura Leon, Ann Morrow and Shawn Stone   There are two suspenseful narratives leading up to this Sunday’s 85th Annual Academy Awards telecast. First, who will win the most awards in this wide-open field? When the ...

Thrill of the Hunt

by Ann Morrow January 16, 2013

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  Regardless of her Best Director snub by the Academy Award voters, Kathryn Bigelow has delivered one of the best directed movies of the year, on a very difficult topic: the decade-long hunt for Osama Bin ...

Rotgut

by Ann Morrow September 7, 2012

WETTEST COUNTY

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  During Prohibition, Franklin County, Virginia, was known as “the wettest county in the world,” an observation made by the journalist Sherwood Anderson. And in Franklin County were some of the most talented and ferocious bootleggers ...

Artist, Servant, Fighter, Spy . . .

by The Staff February 23, 2012

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Once again we present you with short essays about Oscar nominees we love (and, at the end, a few we don’t agree with.) While we may disagree about various nominated films and performances—check out our ...

Doomed Prophet

by Laura Leon December 14, 2011

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My youngest child loves to pepper me with questions about everything from the old days, of which I apparently am an expert. Lately, this includes Bible stories. He is particularly fascinated by the plagues that ...

From a Distance

by John Rodat June 29, 2011

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Director Terrence Malick is hardly a prolific filmmaker: just six movies completed over four decades (the last of those yet to hit theaters). But his release-to-“masterpiece” ratio is one of the best in the biz. Since ...