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May 24th, 2017

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Get Out **** I was watching Spike Lee’s “Malcom X” for the first time in many years. And I kept thinking to myself: “Malcom X might have been right!” As a kid, you’re taught that Martin Luther King’s dream of integration is a utopia, while Malcom X’s vision of a separate and superior black society is fanatical and wrong. But Dr. King won, and it’s...

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Arrival **** 600 years ago, everyone agreed that earth is at the center of the universe and all other heavenly bodies revolve around us. That was a fact. If some dreamer had stood up and said, “Hey, maybe the earth is just one of a billion planets in our galaxy. And our galaxy is just one of a billion in the universe,” that guy would have been laug...

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The film that is going to win Best Picture Moonlight **** “If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.” – Harvey Milk I don’t understand the gay rights movement these days. Right now, they are fighting for transgender bathrooms and a coordinated boycott of Chick-Fil-A restaurants. I am not saying these are ba...

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Two Days, One Night ***1/2 “It’s the economy, stupid” was written on the wall of Bill Clinton’s campaign headquarters. He went on to comfortably win two elections. “I’m With Her,” read Hillary Clinton’s campaign slogan. Though it may as well have read “Please don’t ask me about the economy. Those uncomfortable debates with Bernie made me not want t...

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The Founder ***1/2 It was a dark time in human history; a time when hungry people couldn’t get hot food on demand. 1950. During this dark time, the old folks say, people who lived together had to gather around the dinner table whenever the food was ready. They had as little control over their meals as a cat meowing next to her empty food bowl. They...

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The Jihadist Next Door **1/2 The most important year in European history was 732. A century before, Mohammed had founded Islam. In just a couple of generations, the conquering armies of Islam had profoundly changed the map of the world. Mohammed’s successors controlled an unbroken empire stretching from Northern India to Morocco. In 711, North Afri...

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La La Land *1/2 A few weeks ago, the biggest stars in Hollywood gathered for an opulent black-tie anti-Trump political rally. It was called the Golden Globes. I did some investigative reporting. It turns out that during this political rally, they also gave out some movie awards! “La La Land” was the big winner, capturing Best Picture (Musical or Co...

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Do Not Resist ** Have you or anyone you’ve ever known been beaten up or shot by a police officer for no reason? Me, neither. The job of America’s police officers is to keep us safe without harassing us too much in the process. All things considered, they are doing an amazing job. Meanwhile, we keep finding ways to make their job more difficult. The...

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I Am Your Father **1/2 If you will indulge me here, I am going to list all of the accomplishments of my career: 1. I’ve been with the same company for 15 years. That is all. Evidently, I am a responsible and agreeable enough employee to avoid being fired. Because I never go above and beyond in my daily work duties. I assure you of that. Do I try to...

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Rogue One *** Picture it: You just finished a feast at a Chinese buffet. You had six plates of food. Five was clearly the best, but the whole meal was wonderful. As the check is coming, you remember how tasty the beef with broccoli was and you foolishly eat one more heaping plate. Now you feel terrible. That last plate was a big mistake. That final...

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