Thursday, Jul. 30, 2020

"The Fight," Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman and Eli Despress' documentary about the American Civil Liberties Union, opens with the inauguration of Donald Trump. His oath rings out like an opening salvo. In just seven days, protests will be amassed at JFK Airport in New York where ACLU attorneys...

Thursday, Jul. 23, 2020

It was dirty work, Marie and Pierre Curie's discovery of radium and polonium. To investigate uranium at their Paris laboratory, Marie acquired several tons of pitchblende, a black ore, and the industrial waste product left over when uranium was removed from it. They ground the rock and dissolved...

Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2020

The revolution is finally being televised, thank goodness.

The long-awaited live-capture of Lin-Manuel Miranda's shake-the-rafters musical "Hamilton" comes out Friday on Disney+, a chance to celebrate America's independence with some of its Founding Fathers.

The timing seems ideal...

Friday, Jun. 19, 2020

The director of a new documentary about Roy Cohn is not exactly a neutral party. After all, Cohn played a key role in getting her grandparents executed.

Ivy Meeropol is the granddaughter of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and executed in 1953...

Friday, Jun. 12, 2020

Cinematographers Martin Ahlgren and Michael Grady are in the Emmy conversation this season for their respective lensing of The Plot Against America (HBO) and The Morning Show (Apple TV+).

Both Ahlgren and Grady got the opportunity to shoot this work based on their prior...

Friday, Jun. 12, 2020

From quick bites of programming on the ambitious Quibi platform--championed by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman--to original and classic content spanning features, TV series and documentaries on the just rolled out HBO Max, streaming has launched into the marketplace in a big way as of late...

Friday, Jun. 12, 2020

The expression “you can’t go home again” gained popularity as the title of Thomas Wolfe’s famous 1940 novel. The profound gist that resonated with so many was that if you try to return to a place you remember from the past, it won’t be the same as you remember it.

That may be true even...

Tuesday, Jun. 9, 2020

The protagonists in Judd Apatow movies don't generally have their stuff together. They are emotionally stunted, occasionally underachieving, unmotivated to change and often even border on unlikable. But whether it's Seth Rogen's stoner-entrepreneur, Steve Carell's 40-year-old virgin or Adam...

Friday, Jun. 5, 2020

Josephine Decker's prickly, unnerving "Shirley," is set mostly in the Bennington, Vermont, home of the reclusive writer Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) and her husband, the literary critic Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg). But it also takes place in the gothic, heightened realm of one of...

Friday, May. 29, 2020

There may have been a point — say, oh, a few months ago? — when we'd have demanded a lot more edge from a movie like "The High Note," and been less forgiving of its more implausible moments.

But hey, times have changed, and the pleasing chemistry of two very likable leads — Tracee Ellis...

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