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A Gorgeous Telling Of a Familiar Tale For Mad Times

Movies: ‘Cinderella’

Does a fairy tale, beloved since Charles Perrault put it on paper as “Cendrillon” in 1697, have to now become politically correct? 

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An Unflinching Look At a Dark Year

Movies: ‘ ’71’

Yann Demage’s 

“ ’71” is a tense, violent thriller about a young British soldier, Gary Hook (Jack O’Connell), who gets separated from his unit in the middle of Catholic Belfast in 1971.

Hook and another soldier are cornered by an angry mob. His mate is killed by a point-blank gunshot to the head, and Hook takes off, unarmed, into the bewildering maze of city streets, not knowing whether he’s in friendly or hostile territory.

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Not Odious, But Maybe Unnecessary

Movies: ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’

This film, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” is like a box of brightly colored Indian candy: too much sugar, too little nutrition. As a sequel to “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” the film searches for a reason to be, finds no obvious one, and ends up as an episodic, sari-clad sitcom told by a superlative cast of mostly senior actors against the jewel hues and teeming life of Jaipur, India.

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Reason Faces Zealots in the Desert

Movies: ‘Timbuktu’

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Not Pornographic, Not Erotic, Not Interesting

Movies: ‘50 Shades of Grey’
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I slithered into the afternoon showing of Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “50 Shades of Grey” at the Moviehouse in Millerton, NY, last week, hoping nobody would see me.
Alas, anonymity proved elusive. The theater held several solid citizens known to me. I mention this in case they feel inclined to blab.

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Grasping the Moment

Movies: ‘Still Alice’

This film, “Still Alice,” is no “Amour,” the Austrian Oscar-winning film that looked without blinking at the effects of a debilitating stroke on an elderly, devoted married couple. Instead, directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland tell the story of Alice’s early onset Alzheimer’s disease gently, in alarming but never truly frightening or grim scenes. This Alice goes gentle into that good night of lost memory.

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Oil Shenanigans, Crime And No Nekkidity

Movies: ‘A Most Violent Year’
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This film, “A Most Violent Year,” is a semi-interesting crime drama about shenanigans in the fuel oil business set in New York City in 1981, which was statistically one of the worst years for violent crime in Gotham.

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And You Thought We Were Going To Ignore It

Movies: ‘The Interview’

Remember Seth Rogen’s “The Interview?” Remember the Sony hack? The ominous warning from the North Koreans against screening the film? The opportunity to take bold stances on Twitter supporting free speech?
I know, I know. That is so two months ago.
I have reluctantly joined the modern world and bought a streaming plan from NetFlix, and one of the first things I did was not watch “The Interview.”

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Sublime Acting And an Unexpected High

Movies: ‘Two Days, One Night’

At the start of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s film “Two Days, One Night,” Sandra (Marion Cotillard) receives a call from a friend at the small Belgian solar panel factory where she works. Her co-workers have accepted their manager’s proposal that if they vote to let her be fired, their annual several-thousand Euro bonuses will be protected. 
No firing, no bonuses.

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Going Nowhere, at Length

Movies: ‘American Sniper’
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Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” follows the career of Navy Seal Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper), who racked up 160 official kills (255 unofficial) as a sniper in four tours of duty on Iraq.

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