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Servants and lords

Movie | Unequal station doesn’t mean unequal respect in Downton Abbey
by Megan Basham
Posted 9/20/19, 10:55 am

If you never watched Downton Abbey, the new movie is not the place to start. Those who skipped PBS’ historical drama on television will have a hard time understanding why their fellow moviegoers are so entertained by two elderly ladies bickering during a garden stroll. They’ll be utterly baffled by the eruption of cheers when a retired old butler ceases puttering in his vegetable patch and marches off to polish silver for the lady of the manor.

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Sony

A Princess Bride remake? Inconceivable!

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/18/19, 11:43 am

Twitter users on Tuesday overwhelmingly warned Hollywood not to touch the 1987 romantic fantasy classic The Princess Bride. In an article published by Variety about producer Norman Lear, Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra said, “Very famous people whose names I won’t use, but they want to redo The Princess Bride.” After Variety

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Les Films du Fleuve

Boy without a father

Movie | Sitting among the New York critics at a screening of Young Ahmed, a film about Islam
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/17/19, 02:36 pm

A New York moment: 

The press screenings for the New York Film Festival have begun, and on Monday I screened a new film by the Dardenne brothers. The film, called Young Ahmed, is about a teenage boy trying to embrace radical Islam. Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne are considered the “Coen brothers of Europe,” and we published a feature last year on their spiritually infused films. 

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