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August 27th, 2015

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief **** This time last week, I only knew a few basic rumors about Scientology. I heard that it is a cult that brainwashes its adherents and doesn’t allow them to leave. But I had no idea how Scientology succeeds in controlling its members or how it continues to get away with bad behavior while still ma...

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Life Itself ***1/2 Available on Netflix Hollywood movies are more than just entertainment. They are an important part of our lives and our world. They are a shared language for people who otherwise don’t have anything in common. Ever wonder why English is the go-to second language for people from Singapore to Sicily to Sao Paolo? It isn’t because T...

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Now on Netflix Cash for Kids *** 1995: 12-year-old Bethany picked a schoolyard fight with her classmate Crystal because Crystal called her fat. Lucy received a firm scolding by the principal and a one-week suspension. 2015: 12-year-old Kelly picked a fight with Madison because Madison called Kelly’s family poor because she still has an iPhone 4. Th...

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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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