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Signifying Nothing

by Shawn Stone October 29, 2015


  Aspiring writer Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) has a spirit problem. She’s haunted by the childhood memory of her mother’s ghost, who appeared to her and warned her away from a place called “Crimson Peak.” She’s ...

Gray Areas

by Laura Leon February 5, 2015


  Set in 1981 Manhattan, a time when crime in that city was at an all-time high, A Most Violent Year recalls the glory years of ’70s cinema, notably the films of Sydney Lumet and Alan ...


by Laura Leon November 13, 2014


  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 ...

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


  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 ...


by Ann Morrow September 7, 2012


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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


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


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


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 ...