Photo of Amy Winehouse
08 July 2015

If you ever doubt the importance of good fathering, see Amy.

The documentary is about the sad life of Amy Winehouse (1983-2011), a British singer-songwriter whose name was almost synonymous with “self-destructive genius...

An early photo of Saturday Night Live cast members
03 July 2015

Did Saturday Night Live help to put George W. Bush in the White House? That’s one of the more interesting questions raised by a new documentary about the show’s 40-year history, Live From New York!

  SNL has...

The emotions (from left) Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader), Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) represent the personality of the 11-year-old heroine in Inside Out (Disney/Pixar photo)
18 June 2015

The movies have taken us to some fascinating places over the years, including the past, the future and a galaxy far, far away. With Inside Out, Disney and Pixar take us to the most unexpected place of all: an adolescent girl’s...

Front of book
04 June 2015

            One may wonder what there is new to say about the civil rights movement.  In the immediate aftermath of Barack Obama’s first election it seemed to some as though the entire movement completed its mission and could be summed...

Photo of cop Michael Dowd
04 June 2015

  Police misbehavior has been a trending topic for months now. In case after case, officers have been accused of using excessive force, especially against black males.
  It’s in this atmosphere that director Tiller...

04 June 2015

Ralph Walters was once a normal guy.  But then something bizarre happened. A retired elementary school Spanish teacher bit him on the arm, giving him the simple power of speaking really bad introductory Spanish. He also gained...

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