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Book Review: Lennon, the Mobster & the Lawyer: The Untold Story by Jay Bergen

Lennon, the Mobster & the Lawyer: The Untold Story by Jay Bergen recounts one of John Lennon’s less publicized legal ...
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Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché Movie Review: Her Trailblazing Music Career Is Only Part of the Story

“I wasn’t ready to be the caretaker of Poly Styrene’s legacy. I just lost my Mum,” Celeste Bell says at ...
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Bob Marley and The Wailers: The Capitol Session ’73 Review: A Glimpse at the Legend on the Cusp of Fame

Bob Marley and The Wailers’ The Capitol Session ’73 was lost to history until researcher Martin Disney unearthed a three-minute clip ...
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The Amusement Park Movie Review: George A. Romero’s Lost Film on the Horrors of Old Age

In the late 20th Century, several religious organizations sponsored dramatic TV shows. These shows ran as religious or public service programming, ...
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Tiny Tim: King for a Day Movie Review: A Poignant Look at the Quirky 1960s Star

Wacky and somewhat unhinged reality TV (or YouTube) stars are common today, so common that we’re way past asking, “Is ...
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Ronnie Wood: Somebody Up There Likes Me Movie Review

“I never got beyond 29 in my head,” Ronnie Wood says at the beginning of the documentary Somebody Up There Likes ...
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Suzi Q Movie Review: Looks at the Groundbreaking Career of Rocker Suzi Quatro

Australian director Liam Firmager spent four years working on Suzi Q, the definitive documentary of Detroit-born rock star Suzi Quatro, who rocketed ...
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I’ll Never Forget You: The Last 72 Hours of Lynyrd Skynyrd DVD Review

I'll Never Forget You: The Last 72 Hours Of Lynyrd Skynyrd is the second recent documentary about Southern rock band Lynyrd ...
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Polyester Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: John Waters’ First Big-Budget Film

Polyester, John Waters' first big budget, mainstream film, was released by in 1981 by New Line Cinema. Its $300,000 budget ...
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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Movie Review: A Quiet Passion for Life, for Knowledge, and for Words

The Pieces I Am, Timothy Greenfield-Sander's straightforward documentary about the late Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, consists (mostly) of ...
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The Old Man and the Sea (1990) DVD Review: Anthony Quinn Gives an Excellent Performance

Anthony Quinn gives a riveting performance as the elderly fisherman Santiago, who has gone 84 days without catching a fish, ...
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The Quiet One Movie Review: Explores Ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s Life Through His Media Archives

It's been 26 years since Bill Wyman quit the Rolling Stones for civilian life in 1993, and the documentary The Quiet ...
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Charlie Says Movie Review: The Manson Family from the Girls’ Point of View

This take on the Manson family and the gruesome 1969 murders of Sharon Tate, Rosemary and Leo LaBianca, and others ...
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At the Drive-In DVD Review: A Compelling David vs. Goliath Story

Director Alexander Monelli originally intended the documentary At the Drive-In to focus on the near-extinct drive-in movie theatre industry in the U.S. ...
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Purple Noon Criterion Collection DVD Review: A Treat for the Eyes and a Test for the Nerves

Purple Noon (Plein Soleil), Rene Clement's 1960 film based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, is more brooding ...
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California Solo Movie Review: A Formerly Famous Musician Faces His Demons

California Solo, the latest film from director Marshall Lewy (Blue State), is about a musician's journey of self-discovery and redemption. ...
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Paul Williams Still Alive Movie Review: Tells the Story of the Man More than the Songwriter

Director Stephen Kessler didn't idolize the usual guitar-toting rock star when he was a kid in Queens, NY. He idolized ...
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The Lieutenant: The Complete Series Part One DVD Review: Gene Roddenberry’s First TV Series

The Lieutenant, the first TV series written and produced by Gene Roddenberry, aired on NBC during the 1963-64 TV season. ...
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Goldfinger Movie Review: The Series Swings into Full Throttle

The third James Bond movie, Goldfinger, swung the franchise into full gear after Dr. No and From Russia with Love. ...
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LAFF 2012 Review: A Band Called Death Rises from Obscurity

While attending the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2009, I noticed the headlining band was called Death. That doesn’t make ...
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John Lee Hooker: Cook with the Hook: Live in 1974 DVD Review: It’ll Serve You Right to Watch This

Cook with the Hook: Live in 1974, a restored film version of a John Lee Hooker concert in Gardner, Massachusetts, ...
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Desire DVD Review: A Realistic Look at Twenty-Something Sexual Mores

French director Laurent Bouhnik’s romantic drama, Desire examines the sexual mores of a group of loosely connected friends and acquaintances ...
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