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To Die For

WELL now, To Die For is almost enough to restore one’s faith in the American cinema. It is “based on a true story,” which is today’s magic film formula. At worst, this means guaranteeing the…

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Parental Guidance – the movie and me

Last night I got bored with watching sports on television, which is rare for me. David Price was dominating the Rangers and the Saints were pulling away from the Dolphins. So I did some channel…



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Mystery

CHARACTER RULES! Lately, it seems that strongly defined crime fiction characters are overshadowing their plots. Yes, there is a mystery to be solved, but that sometimes takes a backseat to the protagonists’ personal dramas. Kerry…


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A tale of two towns

In Austria last summer there were celebrations honoring the memory of Franz Jagerstatter, the peasant farmer whom the Nazis beheaded on Aug. 9, 1943, because on grounds of conscience he refused to serve in the…



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The Price Of Pride

Their names were Jan and Jack. They had been living the American dream since their marriage began more than 20 years in the past. They had two healthy children who were off to college. They…