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“The Tragedy of Macbeth”—“Blood will have blood.”

In perhaps one of the most famous plays of William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Macbeth, produced by Joel Coen and Frances McDormand, gives us another interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s shortest and bloodiest tragedies. In the opening scene three witches make a horrific prediction as Macbeth (Denzel Washington) and Banquo (Bertie Carvel) approach: “Double, double, toil and trouble.”  They predict that Macbeth will become King of Scotland.  Although Macbeth has earned a reputation as a brave Scottish general who has just won a major battle against the Danes for King Duncan,...

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“Fences”–In or Out?

  “Some people build fences to keep people out–and other people build fences to keep people in”. The film “Fences” (released Christmas Day 2016) is based on the 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning play and screenplay by the brilliant playwright August Wilson (1945-2005). “Fences” is set in 1950’s Pittsburgh.  Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) had been a promising baseball player in the Negro Leagues in a time before Jackie Robinson. After serving time in prison he meets Rose (Viola Davis) who believes in him and devotes her life to their family: his older...

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“Safe House”–A Safe Bet

It seems only fair to see a dick-flick after having recommended rom-coms for Valentine’s Day.  And did I pick a winner–my husband gave it a 10, which is very rare for him.  The movie is “Safe House” and it stars and is produced by the exceptional Denzel Washington. No ordinary action-pic–although it has ample car chases, staccato bursts of exploding bombs, violent fights with guns and knives, and impossible jumps from one rooftop to another–there are still enough surprising plot twists to keep you surprised throughout. The story is fairly routine–I...

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