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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 champ Dave Bautista) and two endearing CG characters: clever, cybernetically-enhanced, gun-slinging Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, and Groot, a humanoid, self-regenerating tree whose one line of dialogue ("I am Groot") is uttered repeatedly - but with different intonations - by Vin Diesel. ...

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 ...

BELLE - LACKING HUMOR, SUBTLETY

Inspired by the scandalous story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate, mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode), who was raised by her aristocratic great-uncle, William Murray a.k.a Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), this is a pe ...

REVIEW, THE DOUBLE

In her book "Quiet," author Susan Cain argues that introverts prefer listening to speaking; that they innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; and that they favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts-Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak-that we owe many of t ...

REVIEW, THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN

A sentence of death from your doctor is so difficult to face that according to the Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-
Ross, the unfortunate individual goes through five stages: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. There's another way to deal with the anxiety, and tha ...

REVIEW - FED UP

If you've been keeping up with the tsunami of books, articles and movies about America's onward rush to obesity and diabetes, you won't find anything new in Stephanie Soechtig's documentary. (Soechtig's previous feature, "Tapped," deals with America's love of bottled water.) Nonetheless, "Fed Up" ...

REVIEW, LOCKE

There is a reason that telephoning while driving is illegal in many parts, but Steven Knight, who wrote and directs "Locke," finds that the chance of causing an accident is strictly peripheral. "Locke" stars Tom Hardy as the title character, a study in cinematic minimalism that finds Hardy in a one ...

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL - SENSITIVE, SPIRITUAL

Adapted from the best-selling non-fiction book, this story focuses on the bond between an affable Midwestern minister and his precocious four year-old son who insists that he went to Heaven, where angels sang and he visited with Jesus. ...

WALKING WITH THE ENEMY - A STIRRING FILM

The horrors of the Holocaust are recalled in this "inspired by a true story" about Pinchas Tibor Rosenbaum, who rescued thousands of Hungarian Jews during the final months of World War II by impersonating a German officer. ...

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