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HBO series documents writer’s search for a murderer

Note: I write this update a day after initially posting this particular blog post. And I do so offering both good and bad news. First the bad: I mistakenly read the HBO website and thought the mi...

Mike Birbiglia offers a Zoom primer on parenting

While watching movies and binge-watching miniseries have both proved to be popular ways of coping with the COVID-19 quarantine, reading still reigns among some of us. And Auntie's Bookstor...

Health issues complicate movie-theater reopenings

Much like other businesses, movie theaters have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. And things aren't expected to improve anytime soon. The country's biggest theater chains have pushed ...

‘Hamilton’ musical a success even off the stage

Now that Disney+ is streaming the filmed version of the Broadway musical "Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning work is available to all of us. Following is my review for Sp...

Choose horror to escape your quarantine quagmire

No irony intended, but I typically distrust stories that begin with the pronoun "I." And, yes, I fully intended to begin this blog post with that very same pronoun before thinking be...

Pure escapism: ‘CatVideoFest 2020’ meows big

Pet owners can be annoying. I know this because of what happened during a Zoom meeting I was having last night with some friends. Right in the middle of a conversation, my cat walked in and I picke...

RIP Ennio Morricone, 1928-2020

One of the most significant features of Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns was the music. Along with the likes of Clint Eastwood, Elis Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Charles Bronson and even Henry Fond...

Disney+ brings us ‘Hamilton’ (and a lot more)

I haven't had any reason to sign up for extra streaming services, what with the money I already pay to my cable service (though maybe not much longer) and to the services I already subscribe to (N...

‘7500’: Gordon-Levitt faces terror in the sky

One of the movie that we reviewed for "Movies 101" was the thriller "7500." Following is the separate review of the film that I wrote for Spokane Public Radio: Flying is kind of...

Netflix adds classic movies, sports to July lineup

If you're a sports fan and you never got around to seeing the ESPN-produced documentary "The Last Dance," which in 10 episodes tells the story of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls'...

Biggest theater chains delay reopenings yet again

Considering that the COVID-19 pandemic isn't improving any (in fact, quite the opposite), it comes as no surprise that movie chains are delaying their projected reopenings. Regal Cinemas, for e...

Jennifer Hudson set to star as Aretha Franklin

Many movies have been made about singing stars. Among the most recent are Elton John, played by Taron Egerton in "Rocketman," and Freddie Mercury, played by Rami Malek in "Bohemian...

‘Good Trouble’ is a tribute to John Lewis

Last year my wife and I took a road trip through the South. We flew to Memphis, then drove to Alabama, staying in Birmingham and Montgomery, before driving through Mississippi, spending ...