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Sep 18th

HBO bio-pic revisits life of jazz patron/civil rights pioneer

Although Baronness Pannonica “Nica” - Rothschild (1913-1988) was born into a very wealthy European dynasty, when she moved to Manhattan in the early Fifties, she gravitated towards another type of royalty altogether, namely, the elite musicians on the New York City jazz scene. She preferred hanging around these African-American innovators, despite the fact that the United States at the time tended to make examples of any whites who dared to fraternize across the color line.
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Rich family adopts homeless orphan in true overcoming-the-odds tale

What is it about the holiday season and heartwarming tales revolving around an orphan who’s miraculously saved by some selfless act of charity? This year’s contribution to the tried-and-true genre is The Blind Side, a real-life story based on Michael Lewis’ best seller of the same name. 
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Dysfunctional family drama from France due on DVD

Dysfunctional family drama from France due on DVD  Don’t be tricked by director Arnaud Desplechin’s deceptively benign title, this flick doesn’t spin a heartwarming yarn in the manner of such seasonal classics as It’s a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Story. No miracles lay in wait for any unfortunate orphans in this relatively sobering saga set in France.
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New Moon rakes in over $72 million on opening day

New Moon rakes in over $72 million on opening day The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the second installment from a children’s book series that has found major success in the world of motion pictures, next to the unstoppable Harry Potter, has already shattered a box office record that was previously set by last summer’s smash hit The Dark Knight. The film raked in over $72 Million in its first day at theatres and $140 Million gross in its opening weekend. Those are pretty incredible stats for a teenage thriller about Vampires.
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Book review: “Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage” by Christopher Anderson

You were definitely ill-prepared. There you were, ready to “take the plunge” and get married, when you suddenly realized you didn’t know a thing about where you were diving.
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OPENING THIS WEEK: For movies opening November 25, 2009

Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun   
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(Book review) Between Good and Ghetto: African-American Girls and Inner-City Violence

“The lives of the inner-city girls and young women profiled in this book are deeply influenced by violence of various kinds. It is not uncommon for adolescent, inner-city girls to witness or directly encounter gun violence associated with drug dealers’ disputes, threats of interpersonal violence, or sexual and dating violence. The everyday world that shapes their ideas and actions is not, however, likely to be familiar to many readers...
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