‘Midnight in Berlin’: underestimating Hitler

James MacManus has followed up “Sleep in Peace Tonight” with another wonderful historical novel, “Midnight in Berlin” (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press), set just before World War II started.
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Bradbury Building, Los Angeles

Netflix mining: ‘Los Angeles Plays Itself’

For the past decade, movie buffs have buzzed about Cal Arts professor Thom Anderson’s epic visual essay “Los Angeles Plays Itself” in which he delves into the way his native city has been depicted on
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Bad Movies We Love: ‘Frogs’

If you have Amazon Prime or Netflix, you don’t need to spend an extra penny to see one of the goofiest environmental horror movies ever made — “Frogs.” Although it’s a little too slow and serious for
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‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ – instant cult film

10 years from now, when the Richard Linklater film “Everybody Wants Some!!” has long since been honored with a Criterion Collection two-disc release, and fans know many scenes by heart, people will be
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The man who sent James Bond soaring

Although he was never a household name – or, God forbid, an “auteur” – you could argue that Guy Hamilton was one of the most influential directors in movie history. Hamilton, who died in Majorca
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‘Lewiston’: coming to terms with history

Samuel D. Hunter explores big themes within the snug confines of a one-set, four-character play in the world premiere production of “Lewiston,” directed by Eric Ting, at Long Wharf Theatre through May
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The origins of ‘reality’ television

HBO produced a terrific documentary in 2014 — Jeremiah Zagar’s “Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart” — that is available from On Demand and streaming services. The film looks back at that
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‘Dream Palace’: the lowdown on the Chelsea

More like a great old theater than a traditional hotel, the Chelsea has acquired an aura of culture, history and bohemianism that sets it apart from its competition in Manhattan. Built in 1884 as one
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