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“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” Tells the Same Old Story

“History prefers legends to men.” – from the trailer of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” It happens every so often. Two movies with similar plots and subject matter are released within a very short period of time. Think “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact.” Or “K-9” and “Turner and Hooch.” Or all of those body-swap movies from the…

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“The Newsroom” – Pilot Episode: “Because We Decided To”

Very quickly, it has become chic to hate on “The Newsroom.” Aaron Sorkin’s new drama has premiered to uncharacteristically mediocre reviews. Variety laments that “the series doesn’t match the lofty crests of Sorkin’s finest work.” The New York Times says that the show “chokes on its own sanctimony.” And the Washington Post finds that “Sorkin’s…

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My Grandmother, Steve Martin, and I Walk into a Bar

A personal post this morning. I went to visit my grandmother this past weekend. She is 90 years old, and her health is in decline. It was wonderful to see her and difficult to leave, especially knowing that it may have been our last goodbye.  “Grandmother” means something different to everyone, but for me, the…

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Thoughts on the Season Finale of “Veep”

It was hard not to be disappointed by Sunday night’s season finale of “Veep.” In spite of their faults, we grew to like these characters over the course of these eight episodes. After all, it’s easy to root for people walking a tight rope in tandem. But in the season finale, it all came crashing…

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“Prometheus” Shoots for the Stars, Gets Close Enough

An exciting thought came to me while watching the opening scenes of “Prometheus”: this movie does not think I’m stupid. This film trusts that I can go a few scenes without knowing exactly what is going on. It trusts that I can live with a little uncertainty. Which is to say, “Prometheus” is a true…