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    John Kerry and the Obama Foreign Policy Team’s Last Hurrah

    The prestige documentary of the week hops the globe with John Kerry and other key members of Barack Obama’s foreign policy team. The result may either spur nostalgia or spur depression for how things used to be before Baby Caligula entered the White House. Otherwise, the more high-minded may flock to a drama about a […]

  • Daniel Day-Lewis Plays An Artistic Control Freak
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    Daniel Day-Lewis Plays An Artistic Control Freak

    Daniel Day-Lewis in possibly his final screen role sucks the air out of the weekend’s openings. Paul Thomas Anderson reunites with Daniel Day-Lewis to tell a highly acclaimed story of creation and “true love.” For those wanting to pass on the Daniel Day-Lewis rush, the Roxie offers two intriguing alternatives. One is an animated film […]

  • San Francisco As Seen Through Hollywood's Lens
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    San Francisco As Seen Through Hollywood’s Lens

    San Francisco becomes the star of Guy Maddin’s non-remake of the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo in the weekend’s prime opening. For those who missed the film’s premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival, now you have another chance to see the results. For those seeking the best of the new openings this weekend, readers […]

  • Jessica Chastain As A Smart And Sexy Poker Game Operator
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    Jessica Chastain As A Smart And Sexy Poker Game Operator

    Jessica Chastain lights up this light weekend of movie openings. She stars as a real-life former Olympic skier turned mistress of a very high-stakes roaming poker game. This new Jessica Chastain movie is further enhanced by having both script and direction handled by The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin. Otherwise, the only other new film […]