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Film & Television

Movie Review: ‘Café Society’ — Simple Pleasures from a Seasoned Director

By Alexandra MacAaron
By Alexandra MacAaron

If the story sounds simple, it is. There are moments of Woody Allen’s philosophical musings: “Life is a comedy written by a sadistic comedy writer;” “Unrequited love kills more people than tuberculosis;” and “The unexamined life is not worth living. But the examined one is no bargain either.” But nothing very weighty. 'Café Society' isn’t going to rock your world, but it’s a nice way to spend an evening and makes a very pretty picture.

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Film & Television

Movie Review: Motherhood Takes a Holiday in ‘Bad Moms’

By Alexandra MacAaron
By Alexandra MacAaron

The audience at my matinee was all women, many clutching glasses of wine. And, if their reaction was any indication, 'Bad Moms' is a laugh riot. What was tickling their collective funny bone? One word. Relatability. After all, what overworked and underpaid mother hasn’t fantasized about running away from it all?

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Film & Television

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

By Alexandra MacAaron
By Alexandra MacAaron

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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Film & Television

Movie Review: Dreaming Big in ‘Dark Horse’

By Alexandra MacAaron
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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General Medical · Theater

Theater Review: Eve Ensler’s ‘In the Body of the World’ — When the V-Word Meets the C-Word

By Alexandra MacAaron
By Alexandra MacAaron

While she was working tirelessly to open a sanctuary for Congolese rape victims, Eve Ensler was diagnosed with stage 3-4 uterine cancer. Thus began a journey that included self-recrimination (Did she ignore warning signs? Did she somehow poison her body through choices she made or didn’t make?), navigation through our country’s medical machine, making peace with her own family and history, and eventually finding a new way to connect to her body and to the world.

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