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New films: Saving Mr. Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis, Grudge Match
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New films: Saving Mr. Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis, Grudge Match

Saving Mr. Banks Directed by John Lee Hancock This is my favorite movie of the holiday week, for sheer fun and entertainment. It tells the (mostly true) story of the encounters between Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), the pseudonym of the woman who wrote the Mary Poppins...

New films: Rush, Don Jon, Baggage Claim, and Prisoners
Film Review

New films: Rush, Don Jon, Baggage Claim, and Prisoners

Rush Directed by Ron Howard In 1976, one of the biggest sports rivalries on a worldwide scale was between Grand Prix drivers James Hunt and Nikki Lauda. This was a big deal in the UK when I was growing up and I’m old enough to have watched these races when they happened. As drivers, Hunt and Lauda...

Director-star Lee finds lots to love in Landry’s ‘Menagerie’
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Director-star Lee finds lots to love in Landry’s ‘Menagerie’

Most everyone who’s attended a high-school English class is familiar with “The Glass Menagerie,” playwright Tennessee Williams’ iconic “memory” play about Amanda Wingfield, an obsessively doting mother, and the love-hate relationship she has with her two children, the mentally and physically ill...

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