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November 23rd, 2014

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Interstellar

*1/2 Some people say that humans are destroying the planet. I don’t think that’s true. Generations ago, doomsayers said that the earth was becoming overpopulated. Today, we are easily feeding a much larger human population with fewer farmers. When I was in elementary school, news anchors warned us that hairspray and discarded McDLT containers were...

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Nightcrawler

**** While Vermont TV news still maintains a little decency, big city local news has lost all restraint. Every night at 11 p.m. and every morning at 6 a.m. it’s the same horrible routine: accidents, violence, fear-mongering and death. And for every lurid story about twisted car crashes and street corner stabbings, there was someone there to film it...

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St Vincent ***1/2

I do not understand why some people prefer to live alone. I spent nine joyless months living by myself in a studio apartment right after college and decided that I will never live that way again. When you live with other people, you come home from work to a surprise every night. It could be guests, fun, tv watching together, or just a smiling face...

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Obama’s Middle East Policy (zero stars)

At this point, most Americans agree that Barack Obama isn’t a great president. But there is a vocal minority who takes their opposition too far. The Obama-haters think that he is the worst president in history and that he is destroying America. They blame the president for everything that goes wrong. Weak economy? Obama. Bad race relations? Obama!...

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Gone Girl **1/2

[Warning. Spoiler alerts ahead] Picture it: you are living your regular routine life. When suddenly you discover that your wife is a twisted, calculating, manipulative, vindictive, murderous psycho. That’s what Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) has to contend with in “Gone Girl.” “Gone Girl” is a horror movie for adults. And it’s the surprise blockbuster hi...

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Belle ***

New on DVD The United States is darn good at integrating European immigrants into our society. I’ll bet 9 out of 10 school kids don’t know that there was a time Đ not more than a century ago Đ when Greeks, Italians, Jews, and Irish immigrants weren’t considered Americans. They weren’t even considered white. To the eternal credit of 20th century Ame...

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The Skeleton Twins ***1/2

Now Playing at the Savoy   On the list of things I’m truly thankful for in this life, my sister is near the top. When I got divorced this year, I could have retreated into solitude and sorrow. But with the acceptance, support, and guidance of my little sister, I turned a potentially depressing situation into the happiest summer of my life. We’...

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In a World… ***1/2

DVD Pick   Every time I walk into an establishment with a name like Watkins & Son Watch Repair, I wonder to myself: “Why did Mr. Watkins’s kid choose to work for his father?” I know that it’s tough to find a good job these days, but joining the family business seems like an unwise decision. There’s too much opportunity for strife and ill w...

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The Station Agent ****

Netflix Pick   I appreciate that our society has cracked down on public proclamations of prejudice. Of course I’m not saying that racism has been eradicated; but at least it is totally unacceptable to say the n-word in public. Gays and lesbians haven’t achieved equality yet; but at least they don’t have to hear the f-word or the d-word in mixe...

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Ghostbusters ****

I can barely remember it, but there was a time when summer movies were just regular films that happened to be released when it’s hot outside. In the early 80s, not every summer movie was a big budget, star-studded special effects extravaganza that promised big action, big heroes, big explosions, and big laughs. The success of “Ghostbusters” (1984)...

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