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Satan Met a Lady; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Originally released 22 Jul 1936
Written by Brown Holmes
Directed by William Dieterle

Starring Bette Davis and Warren William

My rating: ★★ stars

Adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon tries too hard to be everything but The Maltese Falcon.

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Suicide Squad; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Originally released 5 Aug 2016
Written and directed by David Ayer

Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jay Hernandez, Jai Courtney, Adawale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Cara Delevingne

My rating: ★★    ★1/2 stars

Not the epic disaster I expected, for what that’s worth.

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Hanky Panky; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

hanky-panky-posterOriginally released 4 Jun 1982
Written by Henry Rosenbaum and David Taylor

Directed by Sidney Poitier

Starring Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Richard Widmark, and Kathleen Quinlan

My rating: ★★ stars

Uneven comedy-thriller pairs Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner for the first time.

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Mom at Sixteen; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Mom at SixteenOriginally aired 21 Mar 2005
Written by Nancey Silvers

Directed by Peter Werner

Starring Danielle Panabaker, Jane Krakowski, and Mercedes Ruehl

My rating: 1/2 star

Do not watch this message-heavy Lifetime movie about teenage motherhood without a full bottle of Maalox nearby.

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Making It; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

making-it-posterOriginally released 21 Mar 1971
Written by Peter Bart
Directed by John Erman

Starring Kristoffer Tabori, Bob Balaban, Joyce Van Patten, Dick Van Patten, and Lawrence Pressman

My rating: ★★★ stars

Character study of intelligent, callous high school Lothario.

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PCR’s Television Wish List for 2017

Let’s not look back on 2016. Sure, there were some good moments. I think. Maybe. The Cubs, for sure. That’s one. Game of Thrones gave us two episodes, “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter,” that changed the idea of what television could do, that elevated the medium. But thinking back over the past year hurts my brain and my heart.

Let’s look forward to 2017. Here are ten television wishes I have for the upcoming year. I want:

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Spiritual Darkness: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen in 1988 by Gorupdebesanez CC BY-SA 3.0

Leonard Cohen in 1988
by Gorupdebesanez
CC BY-SA 3.0

Leonard Cohen 1934-2016

This week, I’ve felt despondent and inconsolable about the state of our country and the world. That the artist whose music best captured those moods died this week only adds to my desolation. In this mood, I would, in the past, turn to Leonard Cohen’s music to make sense of the sadness, for Cohen is the poet of pessimism. His music is not filled with false platitudes of inspiration but with the endless quest to find meaning in the darkness of existence.

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