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Thursday, July 2,2015

[Ir]replaceable you

Three faces in the ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’

By Michael J. Casey
The cinema is unkind to actresses of a certain age, replacing them with younger, newer models, forcing them from the spotlight to make way for tomorrow. That is not something Maria (Juliette Binoche), a renowned actress of the stage and screen, is ready to do.
Thursday, June 25,2015

Angry young white men

Seduced by the criminal in ‘Badlands’

By Michael J. Casey
On Jan. 21, 1958, Charles Starkweather entered the Nebraska home of girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate and shot and killed her father, mother and 2-yearold sister. The two went on the lam and Starkweather slayed seven more over the course of eight days before surrendering to authorities.
Thursday, June 18,2015

A tale of two cities

‘The [French] Connection’

By Michael J. Casey
One of the more fascinating aspects of the movies is their ability to reach across time and space and continue cinematic conversations started long ago. Moviegoers will be able to peek in on that conversation next week at The Boedecker Theater where both 1971’s The French Connection.
Thursday, June 11,2015

Still crazy after all these years

‘Live From New York!’ captures the spirit of SNL

By Michael J. Casey
If 40 years of Saturday Night Live has taught us anything it is this: comedy is the sharpest form of criticism. Biting wit levied by the absurd becomes the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down, and SNL has been spoon feeding America since 1975.
Thursday, June 4,2015

Life rushes by, love rushes by

But ‘The Red Shoes’ keeps on dancing

By Michael J. Casey
Yet, two more are needed, two rising talents that the Svengali-like Lermontov can mold into a star and a revolutionary composer. That’s where Vicky Page and Julian Craster (Marius Goring) come in. Page and Craster are better than average, and rise quickly, taking the Ballet Lermontov to unbelievable heights.
Thursday, May 28,2015

Falling with style

Carl Boenish takes the plunge in ‘Sunshine Superman’

By Michael J. Casey
At the turn of the 20th century, vast majorities of the planet remained undiscovered for those restless ones who couldn’t possibly imagine a life spent behind a desk or in a factory. If they had the notion, and sufficient funding, there were mountains, deserts, jungles, two Poles and the seas in between calling their name.
Thursday, May 21,2015

One is the loneliest number

Midway through life’s journey with ‘L’intrepido’

By Michael J. Casey
He is a fast learner, which makes him a perfect fit for this kind of work, but a chance encounter with his ex-wife, Adriana (Sandra Ceccarelli) alludes to more than Antonio would like to admit. Some people find their identity in work, others find a way to escape it.
Thursday, May 14,2015

Happiness for you and me

Dear Elliott Smith: ‘Heaven Adores You’

By Michael J. Casey
The 1998 Academy Awards Ceremony felt a little bit like a private party James Cameron threw for his monumental Titanic, which sailed away with 11 statues that evening, but that was also the night 57 million Americans met one singer/ songwriter who left almost as quickly as he came. Per usual, segments from each of the five nominated songs were performed, and while Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” took home the prize, it was the man in the white suit with the unwashed hair singing a quiet little love-song (or was it a breakup song?) from Good Will Hunting that got the audience talking.
Thursday, May 14,2015


Sports have an uplifting nature that can unify communities after times of great loss; case in point Rising from the Ashes. The documentary tells the inspirational story of the first Rwandan National Cycling Team and their journey to the London Olympic Games.
Thursday, May 7,2015

The new reality

‘Welcome to Me’ and TV

By Michael J. Casey
When Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig) was 11, she was diagnosed manic-depressive, put on medication and grew up like most teenagers do. Yet, the events that shaped Alice’s upbringing, although not abnormal, stuck deeper in her mind than most.