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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Rob Edelman: Raunch And The Box Office

As of the second week in May, the top four moneymaking films released theatrically in the U.S. in 2014 were THE LEGO MOVIE, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, and DIVERGENT. All are big-budget extravaganzas that are fashioned to attract a desired demographic: young people, from grade schoolers to twenty-and-thirtysomethings.

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Arts & Culture
12:40 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Rob Edelman: Violence and "Entertainment"

One of the "criticisms," if you will, of the Oscar-winning 12 YEARS A SLAVE is the manner in which the physical abuse of slaves is presented onscreen. In 12 YEARS A SLAVE, the brutality is graphic and in-your-face, which is the style of its director, Steve McQueen. And the question that viewers might have after seeing 12 YEARS A SLAVE is: To emphasize the horror and degradation of slavery, is it necessary to include imagery that is so painful to watch?

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Rob Edelman: Brooklyn Chic

These days, Brooklyn is a hot commodity on the American cultural scene. Plenty of films and TV shows not only are set in the New York borough but feature the word "Brooklyn" in their titles. And this, surely, is a smart marketing ploy.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Rob Edelman: Isolation

On the surface, two newly-released films are completely different, starting with the personalities and issues of their central characters. Beneath the surface, however, both films are linked in that they effectively deal with the theme of isolation in an impersonal world.

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Rob Edelman: Anti-Semitism

Upon hearing the initial accounts of the recent murder of three people at a Jewish community center and retirement home in a Kansas City suburb, I was shocked and saddened. But senselessly violent acts are such a constant part of our world these days, and so I really should not have been surprised.

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Arts & Culture
3:51 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Audrey Kupferberg: Big-Screen And Small-Screen Entertainment

Since last month, big-screen viewing has been a mix of awesome and disappointing.  The two films I most was looking forward to were Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL and Darren Aronofky’s NOAH.  Both were outstanding visually but in need of script doctoring.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Rob Edelman: Coming to Terms

How does one reconcile the past when that past is crammed with the worst kind of memories? One way would be to write a memoir. Another would be to make a film. Both approaches apply to THE RAILWAY MAN, a newly-released film that is a screen adaptation of a book by Eric Lomax.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Rob Edelman: Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez is one of American history's legendary union organizers and workers' rights activists. Back in the 1960s, he was at the forefront of the effort to unionize California farmworkers. CESAR CHAVEZ also is the name of a new biopic: a simple, sincere chronicle of a decade in the life of Chavez (who is played by Michael Peña).

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Rob Edelman: Jared Leto, Pre-Oscar

Jared Leto was, for sure, the hands-down pick to win the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his memorable presence in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. But what is intriguing is the state of his screen career prior to DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. Before copping his Oscar, Leto had not made a film in five years and, furthermore, his previous effort was no small affair. It was an ambitious mega-budgeted sci-fi fantasy that, thematically-speaking, is reminiscent of such films as THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON and CLOUD ATLAS. Its title is MR. NOBODY and its director is Jaco Van Dormael, the esteemed Belgian filmmaker.

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Rob Edelman: Endless Love?

Countless films have featured couples who, upon first meeting, are like water and oil. In other words, for one reason or another, they simply do not like each other. But as the story develops, they bond and, at the finale, wedding bells are ringing. This is the storyline found in celluloid romances from decades ago, and this remains the formula today.

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