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January 2013 Archives

Once upon a time, a brother and sister were left in the woods by their father.  They came upon a house made of candy that turned out to be owned by a witch, who used it to lure children and […]

There is something splendid about seeing fine actors at the top of their game, still nailing it — in a movie about older performers, still nailing it.  Last year, it was Maggie Smith in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”  On […]

Notre Dame football player Manti T’eo says that he was the victim of a heartless hoax.  He thought he had a girlfriend who died of cancer.  But no such person existed.  Although he told people he had seen and spoken […]

My new book is out in paperback! 101 Must-See Movie Moments is available on Amazon for $12, but I have three autographed copies to give away.  It’s 101 brief essays on great moments in neglected movies (like “Miss Tatlock’s Millions,” “The […]

“Abel’s Field” is the story of high school senior Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis), left motherless by tragedy, abandoned by his father, and under enormous pressure to support his little sisters. At school, he endures the daily bullying of the football team. When […]

The Oscar-nominated screenplay for “Moonrise Kingdom” is available online, and, as Wes Anderson fans might expect, it is gorgeously illustrated and filled with rich detail.  Well worth a look and a download.

The new release from the PBS series “The American Experience” is a three-part story called “The Abolitionists,” the story of the fight to end slavery in the United States.  They were called radicals, agitators, and troublemakers. They thought of themselves […]

With all good wishes to the President, Congress, and the Senate! Check out the Washington Post’s interactive guide to all of the previous inaugurations.

What could be more fun than the first “Red?”  Putting the band back together and adding Sir Anthony Hopkins!