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  • 'Won't Back Down' gets a D+ for a public school polemic ★ 1/2

    'Won't Back Down' gets a D+ for a public school polemic ★ 1/2
    Bored and visibly sneering as she fiddles with her cellphone while sitting at her desk, the grade school teacher barely takes notice of the sweet young girl challenged by learning disabilities. The student stands nervously before the blackboard, struggling to read a sentence aloud. The other students mock her, cruelly. The teacher tacitly encourages the mockery. She is union-protected mediocrity incarnate, and she may as well be shown tying the student to a railroad track, Snidely Whiplash-style.
  • TCM to salute Ruby Dee

    TCM to salute Ruby Dee
    The late, great Ruby Dee will be saluted when TCM screens two of her films Saturday. Dee, the veteran actress and activist for civil rights, died June 11 at age 91. TCM will present "Edge of the City" at 4:15 p.m. June 28 and follow it with "A...

    Classic Hollywood: The movies at work

     Classic Hollywood: The movies at work
    As far back as Louis Lumière's 1895 "Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory in Lyon" 46-second short, work has been a central theme in motion pictures.¶There have been stark dramas about officer workers as drones (King Vidor's 1928 "The Crowd"), satires...

    Sally Field to Receive a Star on the Walk of Fame

    Sally field's come a long way, baby. She began as TV's "Gidget" (1965-66). So convinced she wasn't going to get the part, Field attended the audition with her beach bag so she could go swimming afterward. She was Gidget even before she got the role....

    'Artist' win is a tribute to Harvey Weinstein's tenacity, vision

    'Artist' win is a tribute to Harvey Weinstein's tenacity, vision
    "The Artist" has won the Oscar for best picture and I'm speechless. It's not lack of passion for the film that has robbed me of the power of words; it's that I felt so strongly that my thoughts were geared to how I would react should the worst happen,...