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    As a British and independent film enthusiast, I was ecstatic to see this unique film directed by John Madden, starring several of my favorites: Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Penelope Wilton. Although I'm more than half a century younger than the target audience, I think it speaks a un...
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    With a record-setting box office opening weekend in North America, “The Avengers” seemed like an over-anticipated movie with more flamboyance than substance. I went to the theater wondering what could possibly be so special about this superhero mash-up – until I got caught up in the action. ...
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    Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as John Watson, season two of the BBC drama “Sherlock” premiers May 6, at 9 PM, on PBS Masterpiece Theatre. As a British TV junkie and avid Sherlock fan, I watched the three new 90-minute episodes back in January, when they firs...
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    For most of us, James Cameron’s 1997 film is the basis for our understanding of what happened on April 12, 1912. The newly released, 3-D version of this film isn’t so much of a cinematographic renovation as it is a commemoration: a centennial remembrance of tragedy for old and new generations of...
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    April 19 is Holocaust Remembrance Day, a “holiday” that we may only acknowledge as we hear a stray news announcement or see in a tweet from UNESCO. We barely breach the surface of the unimaginable horror, and we think of the Holocaust only in passing as a tragedy that happened decades ago and th...
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    “They aren't real. You only know them Through the click of a mouse A few words on a screen A GIF (pronounced “jiff”) or two. They aren't what they seem: Their names are jumbled letters and numbers johnandsherlock221B Just strangers Hiding behind icons.” “They aren't real. The...
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    “Such good luck,” she whispers. The engine exhales a long gust of good-byes. “Don't be a hero.” His medals dance in sorrowful eyes. From Ripon to the Somme, Rails speed past the gossamer night. From Barchester Towers to Quiet, Quiet on the Western Front, To fight the Huns who clamo...
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    I just came back from a showing of “The Hunger Games,” and for the first time since reading the book, I’ve realized it’s unmistakable relevance to modern society. For those of you who haven’t delved into this latest trend in YA literature, “The Hunger Games” is set in a post-apocaly...
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    “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, directed by Tomas Alfredson, is based on a 1974 Cold War spy novel of the same name by John Le Carré. Nominated for three Academy Awards this year (Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score) and the highest-grossing film at the British box office ...
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    On February 26, 2012, Meryl Streep won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” Throughout her four-decade-long career, Streep has been nominated for an Academy Award seventeen times; this is the third time she’s won. Her last gold statuette...
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    “My Week with Marilyn,” directed by Simon Curtis, is based on a memoir and presents an intimate picture of the great ­actress. Set in England and ­narrated by Colin Clark, a young assistant film producer, this movie is a coming-of-age story about first love, dreams, hopes, and passion. Colin (...

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