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On anniversary “AUSCHWITZ,” produced by Steven Spielberg, strikes a mournful chord

Over a week ago the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops was marked. Auschwitz is an emblem, a name that's burned in humanity's collective soul and one that behooves us to pay attention, to understand, and to never forget. In another seventy years, there won't be any survivors left but this anniversary will be observed again, presumably, and every seventy years ... more >

Hope Springs Meryl Streep Tommy Lee Jones

Hope Springs

Hope is the thing with feathers
Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones
Directed by David Frankel

It isn’t every day you get the likes of Meryll Streep and Tommy Lee Jones in a romantic comedy, even the very idea seems like two actors doing a bit of slumming, but instead they make “Hope Springs” really pop with an honest, funny, and moving portrayal of a marriage on the rocks. They play Kay and Arnold, a couple married thirty-one years who have hit a bit of a rough patch. They’ve been ... more >

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Meryl Streep to play Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher will be portrayed by Meryl Streep in this upcoming biopic slated for theatrical release this December; Thatcher's enormously strong-willed foreign policy and the price she's had to pay for her outsized posturing will form the underpinnings of this day-in-the-life-styled film. Thatcher, who is still alive, suffers from Alzheimers disease and has retired from public life. Other ... more >

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Dig the life fantastic
George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Jason Schwartzman
Directed by Wes Anderson

Smart. Witty. Cool. Hip. Imaginative. Different. And, like any good fox, sly. Those are the words that apply to The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson’s impressively retro journey into stop-gap animation. The film is a breakthrough for those thirsting for something other than CG animation. It is also a breakthrough for Anderson, who has been looking for a second act. The Fantastic Mr. Fox is ... more >

Doubt

Uneven but riveting all the same
Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams
Directed by John Patrick Shanley

Doubt, which recently sailed into movie theatres, seems to suffer from an existentialist crisis: who am I? It has faults, likely because the same person who authored the play also directed the film. Should someone else have directed Doubt for the cinema? Yes, without hesitation. Shanley is likely too married to the idea of Doubt as a play to effectively adapt it to the big screen. The movie's ... more >