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By Kathleen Rizzo Young » Thursday, August 25, 2016

Early on in “Equity,” investment banker Naomi Bishop appears on a panel at a college alumni event and is asked what gets her up in the morning. “I like money — like knowing I have it. … It’s OK to do it for ourselves — for how it makes us feel. Secure, yeah. Powerful, absolutely… Don’t let money be a... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, August 25, 2016

“No mas” is what he supposedly said to the boxing referee as he walked to his corner and quit fighting. Roberto Duran has denied saying it ever since, but it has always been the way history tells the tale of his rematch against Sugar Ray Leonard. (The first bout stands as one of the few bouts Leonard lost in his... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, August 25, 2016

His name was Del Close.He was 64 when he died in 1999, virtually unknown to mainstream America – even to those who pride themselves on always knowing Who’s Who in America’s Passing Parade. He is still just as unknown in the precincts of pop cultural literacy in 2016.So when you hear, in the voiceover of the opening... Read More

By Mark Sommer » Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pretty and with an innocent disposition, Hagit is a diligent worker in an Israeli toilet paper factory. She’s in a discreet romance with the owner’s son, and dreams of becoming a bride and a bridal fashion designer.But the strong-willed Hagit (Moran Rosenblatt), 24, is also mentally disabled, and her struggle for... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Friday, August 19, 2016

“Ben-Hur” set the record for 11 Oscars in 1959. “Titanic” and “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” caught up, but 11 is still the record number. Almost every critic who could write and breathe at the time seemed to line up to shout hosannas at the four hour “Ben-Hur.” The one significant holdout –... Read More

By Kathleen Rizzo Young » Thursday, August 18, 2016

Like a haiku poem, the beauty of the Japanese film “Our Little Sister” lies in its simplicity. Adapted from the graphic novel “Umimachi Diary” by Yoshida Akimi, three sisters venture to Yamagata for the funeral of the “useless” father who left them for another woman years before. There they discover they have a... Read More

By Christopher Schobert » Thursday, August 18, 2016

Does a great performance in a poor film make that film worth watching? Sometimes. It might in the case of French drama “Down by Love,” an occasionally interesting but mostly clumsy romantic drama starring Adèle Exarchopoulos and inspired by a true story. The true story element is part of what makes “Down by... Read More

By Christopher Schobert » Thursday, August 18, 2016

If “The Student and Mister Henri” was a New York-set Hollywood studio production starring Robert De Niro and Emma Watson, it would likely seem cloying and cliché-riddled. However, as a French-language drama starring two likable leads and taking place in ever-gorgeous Paris, it goes down like a bonbon — not filling,... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, August 18, 2016

It turns out that the modern American West is a country for old men, no matter what Cormac McCarthy, the Coen Brothers and the Oscars think. The “old man” who is, far and away, the making of “Hell or High Water” is 66-year-old Jeff Bridges, who plays retiring Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton in the much-acclaimed... Read More

By Kathleen Rizzo Young » Thursday, August 18, 2016

Jonah Hill is having a pretty good week. “Sausage Party,” on which he is credited as an executive producer and writer, was the No. 1 movie at the box office over the weekend. And now, after receiving Oscar nominations for “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Moneyball” for his supporting roles alongside Leonardo... Read More

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