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May 23rd, 2018

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Nominated for Best Picture: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: ****

Max’s Views: Nominated for Best Picture: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: **** “Always remember, people will hate you. But they don’t win unless you hate them back. And then you destroy yourself.” -Richard Nixon   People have a funny idea about the virtue of vengeance. If a bad guy does something to your family, you are given free re...

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The Film that is going to Win Best Picture: Lady Bird: ****

Everybody knows that marriages require work to succeed. Strangely, though, no one ever told me that having a positive, lasting relationship with my parents takes work, too. Half of marriages end in divorce. But what percentage of children have always liked both their parents and enjoyed spending time with them? It’s darn well less than half. If you...

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Nominated For Best Picture-The Shape of Water: **1/2

“The Shape of Water” does a magnificent job of bringing us into its world. The film takes place in an alternative version of early 1960s Baltimore: with huge apartments, secret military laboratories, kind-hearted Russian spies, and very few black people. Oh, and one magical sea creature. Director Guillermo Del Toro is unquestionably a talented dire...

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Nominated For Best Picture, Phantom Thread:****

One of the most perverse and unnecessary spectacles in our society is when a woman is put on trial for killing her husband and then carted off to prison. I am not defending murderers, but I don’t understand the point of locking away women like this for the rest of their lives. There are times when that Lady Justice statue needs to take off her blin...

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Now on Netflix: Saving Capitalism:**1/2

The year was 1993. President Clinton nominated his old college pal Robert Reich as Labor Secretary. Mr. Reich wasn’t just another juiced-in Friend of Bill with big pockets. Reich was a man of character and vision. He still is. Secretary Reich understood the relationship between the government and the economy more clearly than his contemporaries. At...

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Max’s Views: The Post:**

After the indefensible disaster of the Iraq War, we are not as quick to trust politicians when they try to get involved in foreign conflicts. In 2013, President Obama tried his best to rally our support for war when Syrian President Assad defied Obama’s Line in the Sand. We were just about to go to war against Damascus and possibly Russia when the...

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Now on Netflix: Saving Capitalism:**1/2

The year was 1993. President Clinton nominated his old college pal Robert Reich as Labor Secretary. Mr. Reich wasn’t just another juiced-in Friend of Bill with big pockets. Reich was a man of character and vision. He still is. Secretary Reich understood the relationship between the government and the economy more clearly than his contemporaries. At...

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Max’s Views: Downsizing: *1/2

Around 1900, progressive dreamers wrote a series of Utopian novels, sharing their vision of a perfect Socialist future. One thing that they all had in common is communal living. In the perfect future, they assumed, people would live together in large apartment complexes. Communal living is just rudimentary common sense. It saves lumber, brick, and...

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi: **** 2015’s “Episode VII: The Force Awakens” was a horrible movie. To me, it was easily the worst Star Wars installment to date. I’ve watched all the other episodes dozens of times. I tried watching “The Force Awakens” a second time at home and I turned it off after fif-teen boring minutes. When Disney bought...

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Netflix Pick: The Hateful Eight: ***1/2 Some people interpret “Thou shalt not bear false witness” to mean that God prohibits lying completely. I’m not so sure. I think that it makes more sense that the 8th Commandment is intended to condemn those who have sworn to tell the truth in a specific circumstance and then lie. Perjury=breaking a commandmen...

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