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What's new on Netflix in June 2020

Published June 1, 2020

Netflix's admirable efforts to keep people inside, healthy and social distanced with an avalanche of movies and television continues on with the Big Red Streaming Monolith's newly announced list of arrivals for June.

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The real winners and losers of the 2019 Oscars

Published Feb. 25, 2019

The Academy Awards have all been dished out. But who really won? Who really lost? And who really feels bad that Bradley Cooper's girlfriend had to watch that performance of "Shallow"? Let's talk the good, the bad and the "Green Book" from last night's Oscars.

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Will HBO's "Vinyl" touch on these 1979 classics?

Published April 16, 2016

Recently I was introduced to HBO's "Vinyl," set amid the world of the 1970s rock and roll business in New York. While I wasn't in the music business, I was an NYC rock fan in the '70s and lately a number of reissues of records from 1979 have transported me back.

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For 'Wheel of Fortune' it's all how you say it

Published Dec. 26, 2012

If you've been on Earth for less than 37 years, you don't know a time when "Wheel of Fortune" hasn't been on the air. And if you ponder that for a moment, it has to be surprising that it took that long for a vernacular error to cause a stir among the show's fan base.

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Criterion treats Jarmusch works with loving care

Published Nov. 1, 2007

Jim Jarmusch's "Stranger Than Paradise" -- along with Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It" -- was one of THE landmark independent movies of the 1980s, announcing that its director was, without a doubt, a filmmaker to watch.

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Spike delivers the goods with "Inside Man"

Published March 24, 2006

The fact that the "Inside Man" is a fabulously entertaining thrill ride is hardly as surprising as the film's head-spinning conclusion. After all, this bank-robbery-that's-much-more-than-it-seems tale is brought to the screen by a Dream Team cast and crew.