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Dec 11 2015

The Danish Girl

I wasn’t exactly on the bandwagon with Eddie Redmayne’s bid for Oscar last year (which he won) with his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything”. Not to be a contrarian, but the character felt more polished than the coveted statue it earned him. A fine performance, sure, but if we’re comparing apples to apples, Benedict […]
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Aug 23 2013

The World’s End

The World’s End in one word: terrific. And now for the rest of the review… If you’ve ever listened to the blues, you’ll often hear the lead singer say “Bring it on home!” near the end of a song, as if to push his fellow musicians to go all-out with a glorious, crowd-pleasing climax. This […]
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Dec 19 2012

Les Miserables

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on December 19, 2012.) In 1990, my father bought my two older sisters and me tickets to Les Misérables at the National Theater in Washington, D.C. as consolation for the middle sibling being jilted by her Sadie Hawkins date that day. As I recall, it was an […]
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Nov 16 2012

Anna Karenina

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on November 16, 2012.) Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. The story of a woman torn between her family, her extramarital love, and the societal pressures that destroy them all. It’s a novel that has more film, television, and staged adaptations than you could possibly want to see. The […]
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Dec 16 2011

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

(This review was originally published on December 16, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) Anyone who has read much John le Carré is probably well acquainted with George Smiley, the quintessential British spy character of the Cold War era (no, it’s not James Bond). In “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, which is the first book in the ‘Karla’ trilogy (released later […]
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