Mister Rogers’ Ministry of Love

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Directed by Morgan Neville By Pamela Zoslov For years a legend circulated about Fred Rogers, the kindly creator and host of the long-running children’s TV program “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” The story is that one day, Rogers was babysitting his grandson, and thieves made off with his Oldmobile sedan. The thieves, looking […]

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I, Tonya: Harding Redeemed

By Pamela Zoslov Actress Margot Robbie can be forgiven for not having heard of Tonya Harding, the champion figure skater implicated in a violent attack on Olympic rival Nancy Kerrigan in 1994. Robbie was born in 1990, and in Queensland, Australia at that. Still, Ms. Robbie is a fine Tonya Harding in the black comedy […]

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Hey, Bulldog: Darkest Hour

By Pamela Zoslov Darkest Hour chronicles the period following Winston Churchill’s unlikely accession to UK Prime Minister in 1940 and his famous “We shall fight” radio address, a mere 48 hours later, stating that England would never compromise with or surrender to Hitler. The film was scripted by Anthony McCarten (who also wrote The Theory […]

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Wheel of Misfortune

Wonder Wheel    ♦   Written and directed by Woody Allen By Pamela Zoslov The number of films written and directed by Woody Allen is impressive — 48 since 1969, an average of one every year. That prolificity, writes Peter Biskind in the New York Times Book Review, often works against him. “The time when Allen’s […]

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An Elegy for Harry Dean Stanton

Lucky, Directed by John Carroll Lynch By Pamela Zoslov When I saw the trailer for “Lucky,” the film featuring one of the last performances of Harry Dean Stanton, who died September 15 at age 91, I was struck by how frail he appeared, a skinny wraith lighting cigarette upon cigarette. (“I only eat so I […]

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