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The Real Story: “Rush” and the Formula One Rivalry Between Hunt and Lauda

posted by Nell Minow

“Rush,” directed by Ron Howard and written by Peter Morgan, is the story of the rivalry between 1970’s Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.  Much of it is true, including many of the statements made by the characters […]

The Real Story: For All Those “Based On” and “Inspired By” Movies

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times is in the business of reporting the facts.  And sometimes those facts result in “based on” or “inspired by” movies that have only a homeopathic relationship to what really happened yet are marketed as though they […]

The Real Story: Pain & Gain

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release “Pain & Gain” opens with these words: “Unfortunately, a true story.”  Indeed, three body builders from Dade County did come up with a plot to make money by kidnapping a wealthy businessman and having him sign over […]

Jackie Robinson: The Real Story

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release of “42,” the story of Jackie Robinson and the breaking of the color barrier in major league baseball should inspire families to learn more about this extraordinary athlete and groundbreaking figure in the early Civil Rights era. […]

Previous Posts

Unfinished Business
"Unfinished Business" is a story about three renegade renegades from bureaucracy going up against The Man and the importance of the individual in an era of soul-grinding corporatism. But the mo

posted 5:59:57pm Mar. 05, 2015 | read full post »

Chappie
So, basically, no one here saw "Terminator." Or "Frankenstein." But maybe they did see "Robocop?" Or "Short Circuit?" Writer/director Neill Blomkamp likes sci-fi allegories of social and political conf

posted 5:59:11pm Mar. 05, 2015 | read full post »

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
A documentary called "Young at Heart" had a choir of singers in their 80's performing contemporary rock songs.  The very fact of their age and experience gave an unexpectedly profound meaning to the words.  And in "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," a plot that ranges from silly to very silly

posted 5:55:14pm Mar. 05, 2015 | read full post »

Merchants of Doubt
Do you remember the tobacco executives standing up before a Congressional Committee, their right hands raised, each of them swearing that they did not believe that tobacco caused cancer?  That was in 1994, three decades after the US Surgeon General's report showing the adverse health effects of cig

posted 5:30:43pm Mar. 05, 2015 | read full post »

MVP of the Week: Dev Patel
British-born actor Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, The Newsroom) is competing with himself this week as the star of two big releases. In the sequel "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" h

posted 3:38:30pm Mar. 05, 2015 | read full post »


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