‘Spotlight’ and ‘The End of the Tour’ Mini Review


There’s a sequence in Spotlight, the new movie chronicling the Boston Globe‘s efforts to uncover decades of child abuse by dozens of priests, during which the reporters working on the story wander through the streets of Boston, talking to victims of sexual abuse. The shots are framed in such a way that there’s almost always a symbol of …

Thanksgiving Week NFL Picks, with Pictures

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There is a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Personally, I am thankful that there will be no “pansy Marxist” millennials anywhere near me trying to get me to check my privilege while I drink and watch football all day.

How to Talk About Star Wars at Thanksgiving With Your Ignorant, Rebellion-Backing Uncle

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Tensions will apparently be running high this year at Thanksgiving. Weblogs as varied as the Washington Free Beacon and VOX DOT COM are offering guides on how to get through Turkey Day without brutally murdering your closest kin for daring to suggest that immigrants speak English, or whatever. But there’s one topic no one has really broached yet, one avenue of discussion no one has told us how to DOMINATE and DESTROY. And with the upcoming release of Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens And Then Hits Snooze Because Crap Man It Had Twelve Drinks Last Night, it’s a topic that’s more important than ever to have a handle on.

Fortunately, I’m all over it. Here’s the only guide you need in order to intelligently discuss Star Wars with your ignorant, backwards, space-terrorist-supporting uncle.

A couple of things to remember before engaging in any argument with an apologist for the Republic:

Mini-Review: ‘Trainwreck’

All you need to be happy is to settle down and find a good mate: The Apatow Doctrine

It’s that wonderful time of the year when studios send screeners to critics in an effort to boost a movie’s chances of winding up in the discussion for end-of-year awards/best-of lists. Trainwreck, now available on home video and OnDemand, is one such movie.  I’ll be writing a few of these as the year winds down and I catch up on flicks I missed.