Examining a High-Stakes World of Inequity in ‘Equity’

July 26, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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What makes ‘Equity’ particularly interesting — and probably broadens its appeal — is the fact that it’s less a women’s movie than a movie whose main characters happen to be women. At its core is a suspenseful story that could be about Wall Street wizards of any gender. But, within that story, the movie does explore several intriguing feminist themes.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Her Art,’ by LaWanda Walters

July 24, 2016 by Rebecca Foust

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By Rebecca Foust

The loss in “Her Art” is of a mother’s ring; its broader subject is poetry (or even all art) and the extent to which it can and should be a vessel carrying the grief for human loss.

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Rebuttal Review: Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Ain’t Afraid of No Critics

July 21, 2016 by Carla Baranauckas

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By Carla Baranauckas

Viewing the high definition version of “Ghostbusters” on Friday night of the opening weekend, I encountered a genuinely funny movie.

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Rebuttal Review: Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Ain’t Afraid of No Critics

July 20, 2016 by Carla Baranauckas

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By Carla Baranauckas

Viewing the high definition version of “Ghostbusters” on Friday night of the opening weekend, I encountered a genuinely funny movie.

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The Fine Art of Aging

July 20, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

“Better she should learn how to cook for her husband than make like Picasso,” Hilda’s relatives said. To her credit, Hilda never turned on the stove. And she never stopped painting.

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Movie Review: Faith Wins Out Over Fear in ‘The Innocents’

July 19, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

At the heart of ‘The Innocents’ is a community of powerful women. In fact, there are many women involved in ‘The Innocents’ behind the camera as well as onscreen, a situation I’d like to see more of in U.S. films. Perhaps that’s why the movie is so particularly powerful in its ability to dramatize the effects and aftereffects of war on women.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘The Lost Books’ and ‘Figurines,’ by Lucille Lang Day

July 17, 2016 by Rebecca Foust

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By Rebecca Foust

I hope you will take a look at the skillful manipulation it takes to work these repeating sentences into new formats with new ideas, and how challenging it can be to find repetends that make sense both on their own and also when finally linked in the last couplet. It’s a challenging form to do well, but many poets take comfort in knowing that once they’ve come up with those two repeating lines, their villanelle is nearly half finished.

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Book Review: ‘Because of Sex’

July 13, 2016 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

“Sadly, [Fox News commentator Gretchen] Carlson’s suit follows a time-worn pattern: supervisor propositions subordinate, subordinate refuses, supervisor makes subordinate’s life a misery.”

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Movie Review: Dreaming Big in ‘Dark Horse’

July 12, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

After “a chance visit to the Boxing Day races in 2012,” Louise Ormond decided that she wanted to make a film about the racing world. She researched for several days, then came across the stranger-than-fiction story of Welsh racehorse Dream Alliance, an unlikely champion bred by a syndicate of average folk in the former mining town of Cefn Fforest. Ormond remembers, “I knew within seconds I’d do anything to make it into a film.”

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Concetta Tomaino and the Healing Power of Music

July 11, 2016 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

Who knew that music has the power to help stimulate the memory of patients with Alzheimer’s disease; help Parkinson’s patients learn to walk again; reduce blood pressure; help restore speech to a patient who has had a stroke? . . .

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A Neurologist’s View of Music Therapy in Patients With Brain Trauma

July 11, 2016 by Dr. Baxter B. Allen

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Dr. Baxter Allen, a neurologist in fellowship training in the area of brain trauma, give us a description of how sound is received and incorporated in the brain. He discusses research in the area of music therapy and its ability to aid in recovery of brain injured patients.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Yellow Fields,’ by Alison Luterman

July 10, 2016 by Rebecca Foust

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By Rebecca Foust

This week’s poem is another affirming the value of human relationship and commitment.

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Movie Review: Make Plans to See ‘Maggie’s Plan’

July 5, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

I can’t express how satisfied I am that ‘Maggie’s Plan’ probably lacked the budget for a bigger name. The part and the actress are ideally suited for each other. Greta Gerwig deserves greater success. Then again, I’d hate to see her walk away from intimate gems like this.

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Hamilton on Stage vs. Hamilton on the Page: a Great American Debate

July 4, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

How much of Alexander Hamilton’s current star status is the result of the genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the musical’s book, music, and lyrics, and how much is owed to the genius of Hamilton himself?

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Shock,’ by Natalia Treviño

July 3, 2016 by Rebecca Foust

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In a series of poems about amazement and refreshing love, I focused on the idea of shock I encounter almost every day. There is no other word for it. I really am living in a state of shock. The poem talks about why. It is sad that I feel shock, but what a way to enjoy love in a marriage, as a daily surprise.

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