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PAUL NEWMAN'S "THE HOLE IN THE WALL GANG CAMP" VISION EXPANDS

More than two decades ago, Paul Newman had a vision of possibility with no idea how to make it a reality. As all great visions begin, he started with a "What if..." question. What if children with serious illnesses had a chance to just be children and have fun in a safe and nurturing environment? Paul Newman, being a great prankster, could not avoid adding, "...and a place where children could raise a little hell." ...

15TH ANNUAL NEW YORK FILM CRITICS AWARDS

New York Film Critics Online members held their 15th annual awards meeting on December 7, 2014, at the Furman Gallery inside Lincoln Center.

Richard Linklater's Boyhood won three awards for Picture, Director and Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, while Alejandro González I&# ...

LEFT BEHIND , "ONE OF THE YEAR'S WORST"

Adapted by Paul Lalonde and John Patus, this is yet another incarnation of the prophetic narrative introduced in Jerry B. Jenkins' and Tim LaHaye's first best-selling novel. The plot revolves around what happens to a small group of people following what Christians call the Rapture. ...

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN - GRADE: A-

The Internet has been called by writers in a recent New York magazine article one of the ten great inventions of all time, comparable to the discovery of fire and the invention of the wheel. Like the wheel and fire-which between them have caused no small number of tragic and painful deaths-the 'net ...

REVIEW, LAST HIJACK

In the Tom Hanks vehicle "Captain Phillips," which deals with a hijacked ship, one of the criminals calls himself simply the interpreter. He insists that he has no respect for the pirates-that they are low-lifes and that the captain should correspond with the people back home in authority to get th ...

WHIPLASH - GRADE A-

If you're a jazz fan, "Whiplash" is the movie for you. If you're not, you will be. With Oscar-worthy performances from Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons-who might be competing with each other for awards nominations-Damien Chazelle's exuberant look at the relationship between a sadistic master teacher ...

COMMUNICATE TO MUTE THE DARK SIDE OF THE IMAGINATION

Communication is the glue that holds relationships together. So, the question is - Do you believe that you communicate often enough and in the right way to create and sustain positive relationships in all areas of your life? ...

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - SPACE FARING FUN

Marvel expands its cinematic clout to encompass another colorful franchise, encompassing a rag-tag team of intergalactic adventurers. Headed by Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star Lord (Chris Pratt), the quintet includes the green-skinned warrior Gamora (Zoe Saldana), vengeance-seeking Drax the Destroyer (WWW ...

REVIEW, LUCY

At the movie's conclusion, Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) states: "We've had life for a billion years. Now we know what to do with it." What does she think we should do with our lives? Presumably we should be able to stare at a gun and watch the bullets fall out harmlessly to the ground; look at a bun ...

REVIEW - A MOST WANTED MAN

A Most Wanted ManWhat is it like to be a spy? Some cynics say that it's a game indulged by its proponents; that our spies know their spies and vice versa, and the groups, however hostile their countries to each other, simply exchange information freely, thereby keeping their jobs. Others, less cyn ...

WITCHING & BITCHING (LAS BRUJAS DE ZUGARRAMURDI)

Witching and BitchingWhen Arthur Miller wrote "The Crucible," he presented us with a crackerjack story of actual events: the Salem Witch trials in which a relatively small number of people were burned at the stake, some after being outed by children. The play had no humor to speak of, it was deadly ...

22 JUMP STREET, SATISFYINGLY SILLY

Having conquered the box-office in their first mismatched buddies action-comedy, those bumbling undercover cops - brawny Jenko (Channing Tatum) and brainy Schmidt (Jonah Hill) - are back again. Only, this time, they've moved into the Vietnamese church across the street, along with Deputy Chief Hard ...

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 - ENCHANTING

Writer/director Dean DeBlois breathes fresh fire into the second chapter of this animated trilogy, returning to the mythological world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. ...

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FUN, PLAY AND FULL ENGAGEMENT

Creativity is intelligence having fun. ~ Albert Einstein, physicist

Do you think fun is frivolous? If so, perhaps you should think again.

Pause at the end of this paragraph - just for a few seconds - to recall a very happy, joyful, engaging moment from your li ...

REVIEW, WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL?

They like us! They really like us! No, not the Lebanese or Pakistanis, Slovenians or Russians. They're Mexicans, many of whom literally risk their lives to cross to us at the fenced-in border between our two countries. Never mind that the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo lifted parts of Californ ...

REVIEW, WORDS AND PICTURES

There are Words (Shakespeare, Marlowe, Faulkner, Hemingway), and there are words (teen texts, teen phone talk). Similarly there are Pictures (Picasso, Rembrandt, Monet, Renoir) and there are pictures (snapshots on Facebook). An educated person should know the difference: that's what teachers are f ...

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