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Many families have Super Bowl traditions as the generations gather around the television to watch the biggest football game of the year. It gives families a wonderful opportunity to share their interests and histories and to talk about the skill, […]

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I probably shouldn’t like the indie comedy “The Deal” as much as I do. There have been plenty of movies spoofing the bizarre wheelings and dealings of the filmmaking process, and many of them have been better than this screwball […]

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I thought I would never ever see a more horrifying example of addiction than “Grease’s” Jeff Conaway on “Celebrity Rehab, ” vacillating between mindlessly drooling on himself and screaming like a banshee at no one in particular while withdrawing from […]

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Yes, the Super Bowl is here! That also means that the Super Bowl Ads are here, the Super Bowl halftime show is here, the extended Super Bowl pre-game and post-game shows are here and, thankfully, the Athletes in Action Super […]

Earlier this month I started a list of favorite “haunting” moments in film. Haunting moments aren’t necessarily inspiring in a feel-good, happy ending sense– though sometimes they can be. Instead they are those cinematic points in time that bring revelation […]

Les Phillabaum, the former editorial director at Louisiana State University Press, who took a chance to publish the unknown, deceased author John Kennedy Toole’s novel, “A Confederacy of Dunces” died on January 14th. With Phillabaum’s passing, the players who pulled […]

Well, it’s official: the Pope (that’s PBXVI) is getting all tech savvy and into virtual profiles. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, “The Pope Embraces YouTube, Facebook,” reporter Marisa Taylor explains: “The Vatican announced last Friday that it […]

In the trailer for this Academy Award-nominated documentary, a couple from New Orleans’ Ninth Ward is trapped by Hurricane Katrina and struggles to survive. The film tries to portray that “Katrina is still going on” and that “it’s not about […]

Full disclosure: I am a sap when it comes to romantic comedies, and, save “Last Chance Harvey,” it’s been quite a dry spell these last few months in the cinema for the genre. Therefore, I’m pleased to announce the arrival […]

This year’s Best Picture Oscar is a competitive field. The media likes to paint it as a two-person or two-film race in many categories, but it may be one of those years in which many films have a chance. Some […]

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