Category Archive: History

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

How unfortunate that Mr. Mandela’s long walk to freedom seemed uncomfortably long when sitting in the theater.

Saving Mr. Banks

Emma Thompson shines as brightly here as Kate Blanchett did in Blue Jasmine. The only difference was that Walt Disney found a key to her hard heart.

Dallas Buyers Club

Rating: If you privately think that Indiana needs a Constitutional ban on gay   marriage, go see Jared Leto’s performance as Rayon, a transvestite that heterosexual men will love.

12 Years a Slave

Rating: Before praising American exceptionalism, shouldn’t we remember a history that combined liberty with slavery?

Kon-Tiki (2012)

Rating: Yes, though Kon-Tiki is a foreign film, 90% of it is in English. Don’t ask me to explain.

No

Rating: The film has weaknesses, but don’t we all? Gael Garcia Bernal will again remind you of why his prior films like Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) and The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) were… Continue reading

Emperor

Both a history lesson that will enlighten and a love story that will break your heart.

A Royal Affair

This is a radiant film that blends intelligence, sex and power. Good guys may die hard, but it still amounts to a noble ride. Rating: See it on a big screen, as it… Continue reading

Zero Dark Thirty

Director Bigelow’s excellent saga about the quest to kill Bin Laden tells a larger story. Can we honor the dead of 9/11 by copying the moral depravity of their killers? Rating: Can be… Continue reading

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