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July 17th, 2019

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Max’s Views: Chappaquiddick: ****

I am sick and tired of political scandals. In my ideal world, people would only read about scandals in National Enquirer. Scandals wouldn’t be seen on the news. They wouldn’t be viewed as news at all; they would be guilty pleasure bathroom reading material. In our world, scandals aren’t just on the news – they are the news. If you turn on CNN, ther...

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A Quiet Place: *1/2

A Quiet Place: *1/2 I like horror movies. But I rarely watch them. Good horror movies make me lose sleep. It’s embarrassing but true. The night after “The Blair Witch Project,” I stayed awake in terror until dawn. The night after “Paranormal Activity,” I was 80% sure that my wife slumbering soundly next to me was a vicious demon. I only go to see h...

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Now Playing in Burlington: The Death of Stalin: ****

Max’s Views Now Playing in Burlington- The Death of Stalin: **** Most everyone knows that the Soviet Union was a nightmarish place to live. I’m not sure people know exactly why, though. I don’t have enough room here to list all the atrocities, but the forced collectivization of agriculture was one of the worst. In 1929, the Soviet Politburo announc...

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Max’s Views:The Black Death and the 1%

Max’s Views:The Black Death and the 1% 1351 England was a great place to be. Sure, it was a bummer that nearly 50% of the English had recently died from bubonic plague. But for the half that survived, life was about to get a lot better. The Black Death put a swift end to Feudalism. For centuries, English peasants had toiled in virtual slavery on sm...

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Now on Demand: The Florida Project: ****

Now on Demand: The Florida Project: **** In theory, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is a saintly organization. In a perfect world, DCF social workers would heroically swoop into a troubled home and save a desperate child from intolerable neglect and abuse. And then that child would be swiftly moved into the warm embrace of her...

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Max’s Views: Death Wish***

There was a time when gun control wasn’t a Left vs. Right issue. Believe it or not, young readers, there was a time when a moderate Republican was allowed to support stricter gun laws without inspiring a vicious Twitter debate. And – gasp – a Democrat was allowed to take money from the NRA without being denounced as Benedict Arnold with blood on hi...

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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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