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“Django Unchained”: A Slave’s Insurrection, Captured by Tarantino

December 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

There’s something perversely appropriate about Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” being released the same year as “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” one of which takes brazen creative liberties with history, one that’s far more prudent in its license-taking, but both of which in their own way reanimated Civil War-era America in exhilarating ways. Continue Reading

With stars like these, ’Hope Springs’ eternal

August 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Seasoned actors Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep play a long-married couple who have reached apathetic levels. Arnold (Jones) is content to live an uneventful life; Kay (Streep) longs to rekindle the romance and enrolls the couple in a clinic offered by Dr. Feld (Steve Carell) in the New England hamlet of Great Hope Springs. Continue Reading