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May 30th, 2015

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Exporting Raymond ***1/2 Available on DVD and iTunes In articles about Russia’s attempt to control the Ukraine, the writers inevitably describe the conflict as the beginning of a “new Cold War.” I find that point of view unjustified and discouraging. I agree that Ukraine’s civil war is horrible and largely due to Vladimir Putin’s meddling. But I do...

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Whiplash *** I believe that great artists make our lives richer, more intellectually stimulating, and more inspiring. I think that they make the world a better place. I don’t think, however, that great artists make their own lives any better. Boundary-pushing creativity is motivated by extreme dissatisfaction. And groundbreaking art tends to lead t...

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Still Alice ***1/2 There is an old saying that my churchgoing office buddy Debbie likes to repeat, “All things work together for the good.” Obviously that isn’t true. For example, I was raised to root for the New York Jets and the New York Knicks. So after nearly 40 years, I have learned full well that sometimes life is disappointing, disgraceful,...

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50 Shades of Grey *1/2 Last weekend, I took my girlfriend out to a Valentine’s Day dinner and then got up early on Sunday morning and went with her to see a matinee of “50 Shades of Grey”ÉÉ Thanks for waiting. Now that I’m back from receiving the award for Best Boyfriend of the Year, I can tell you how I feel about the movie. It is pretty darn bad....

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Available Now on Netflix Living on One Dollar **1/2 My conclusion about the economy in the United States right now is that things are pretty great. The doom-and-gloomers on the news are certainly right about a few of the problems that we face: an increasingly large amount of wealth is collecting in the stock portfolios of the richest 1% instead of...

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The Imitation Game ***1/2 In the olden days, wars were won by the country with the larger army. It didn’t matter who was freer or who was right. The side with the most men won almost every time. The USA didn’t beat the Confederate States of America because slavery is wrong. It won because the south ran out of able-bodied men. The allies didn’t defe...

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Max’s View: Why I Love Game of Thrones

You know those people who ask a lot of questions while you’re watching television with them? Questions like: “what just happened?” “who is that again?” “how are those two related?” “who just got killed?” If you know somebody like this – somebody who needs to understand exactly what is going on 100% of the time – do NOT watch “Game of Th...

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Selma ***1/2 There have been approximately 15 billion people in human history. Of these 15 billion, Congress has chosen three of them to honor with paid federal holidays. There’s Christopher Columbus. He discovered the hemisphere in which we all live. He helped introduce tomatoes, potatoes, and corn to Western Civilization. Before Columbus, Italian...

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God Loves Uganda *** “Go into the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” -Mark 16:15 There are two billion Christians in the world – significantly more than any other religion. It’s no coincidence – Christianity has been a missionary religion from day one. Jesus’s disciples were missionaries. The life’s work of St. Paul was to...

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Blue Ruin ***1/2 I learned a terrible lesson about humanity on September 11, 2001. And it isn’t the one you’re thinking of. In 2001, I was into punk rock and punk ethics. Punks, generally speaking, espouse pacifism. They are anti-colonialism and anti-militarism. So I was unpleasantly surprised when the kids on punk IM chats and message boards were...

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