December 2019

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      The Best Television of 2019

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      The word most commonly associated with television at the end of the decade seems to be “overwhelming.” Talk to people about the state of the form, and they’ll tell you about all the shows that their friends have told them to watch...
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        Video Interview: Greta Gerwig, Saoirse Ronan on Little Women

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        Celebrated writer/director Greta Gerwig updates the beloved American classic "Little Women" by not only revisiting the classic stories of the lives of the four March sisters in the aftermath of the Civil War, but also pays homage to the book's...
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          Watchmen and My Family Tree

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          Though I knew my mother’s genealogy, I knew nothing of my father’s. All I had were lost memories and tiny paper trails. It took a television series, HBO’s “Watchmen,” to inspire me to solve that half of my...
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            Clemency

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            “I am invisible, understand, because people refuse to see me.” This excerpt from the prologue of Ralph Ellison’s 1952 novel Invisible Man is mentioned during a seemingly inconsequential moment in Chinonye Chukwu’s sophomore...
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              Into the Dark: Midnight Kiss

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              The second year of “Into the Dark” has been notably more ambitious than the first. Apparently, Hulu has given the production a higher budget, and Blumhouse appears to be encouraging some interesting storytelling. The last two months...
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                A Letter to Roger About Michael Apted's 63 Up

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                Dear Roger Ebert,  How have you been these days, Roger? It has been more than five years since you passed away in 2013, but I often cannot help but think of you whenever I encounter something great at a movie theater. At times, I wistfully...
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                  Little Women and Gillian Armstrong's Brilliant Career

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                  “Little Women” was tailor-made to be adapted over time and evolve with generations, one of many stories that suit retelling. Think “A Star is Born” taking on new life throughout the decades with fresh eyes, tracking the...
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                    Home Entertainment Guide: December 26, 2019

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                    4 NEW TO BLU-RAY/DVD "Abominable" If your kids have seen "Frozen II" and "Jumanji: The Next Level" twice already, you may be looking for another (cheaper) option over the holiday break. The latest variation on teaching kids not to judge books by...
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                      Spies in Disguise

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                      The animated “Spies in Disguise” features Will Smith as the voice of an arrogant secret agent who accidentally gets turned into a pigeon—and finds he’s even better at his job in avian form. Sounds like lively and...
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                        1917

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                        At a time when it seems as if cinema experiences a new technological breakthrough every few months, it's oddly comforting that moviegoers can still be hooked by a film that's presented as being one unbroken shot. Granted, it's not a new idea,...