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Movies for the Resistance: The Purge Series

(Welcome to Movies for the Resistance, a weekly column intended to showcase films with particular pertinence for 2017. One of the fundamental purposes of art in general, and movies in particular, is to serve as a spiritual armory: bringing hope, timely lessons and shared experiences when times are dark. They can move us to positive political action, lend insight to …

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Today in Movie History: January 19

We start off today with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, who appeared in one of their very best collaborations, Woman of the Year on this date in 1942. Director George Stevens knew how to bring their incomparable comic chemistry to life, and though this was only their first movie together, it proved to be the spark that lit the flame. They …

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Movie Review: The Phenom

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Johnny Simmons, Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti, Alison Elliot, and Yul Vazquez Written and Directed by Noal Buschel Running time: 88 Minutes Year of release: 2016 Most sports movies look for meaning in the sport itself. The smart ones examine the men and women who play them, and what drives them to compete the way they do. The Phenom …

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Today in Movie History: June 2

Only one film on the docket today: Dead Poets Society, Gen-X’s answer to Goodbye Mr. Chips that used utterly conventional ways to talk about defying convention. Frankly, the film shouldn’t work, but guided by the sure direction of Peter Weir and anchored by an excellent performance form Robin Williams, it skirts around the cheese to find some measure of grace and truth. (I …