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War stories; UPS gets proactive; in the toilet

On Monday, your superior correspondents observed Veterans Day and, as is Jorge's habit, he turned on talk radio to listen for a few minutes.
Veterans Day, on the left
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 16, 2012

Freedom from Common Sense Foundation; dance fever; what’s in a name?

The controversy over the Freedom From Religion Foundation's attack on a World War I and World War II memorial on city land in Woonsocket — it includes a cross — isn't worth a week's worth of talk radio time. But it does warrant a comment by P&J.
Defining offensive
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 04, 2012
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Review: Red Tails

With a title that refers not to squirrels but to plane markings, Red Tails dramatizes the struggles and triumphs of African-American pioneers, the Tuskegee Airmen.
The struggles and triumphs of the Tuskegee Airmen
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  January 27, 2012
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The Portland Museum of Art shows an exhibit of Shaker crafting skill

There's something fundamentally American about this very enjoyable show of Shaker work at the Portland Museum of Art.
Honoring simplicity
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  November 04, 2011
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Britannia rules at RISD’s “Made In the UK”

"Made In the UK: Contemporary Art from the Richard Brown Baker Collection," a survey of post-World War II British art at the RISD Museum (224 Benefit Street, Providence, through January 8), arrives as British artists are the top of the pops.
Top of the pops
By GREG COOK  |  October 07, 2011
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Review: The Debt

Based on the 2007 Israeli film Ha-Hov, the story weaves present and past together, with most of the action surrounding the fateful mission and the perilous web of duty, passion, and betrayal that still haunts the agents.
John Madden's smart, icy thriller
By PEG ALOI  |  September 02, 2011


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Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

Joe Johnston's adaptation of the Marvel comic book exalts the virtues of optimism, decency, and perseverance in a rousing adventure of old-fashioned adolescent exuberance.
Rueful innocence and sneaky humor
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 29, 2011
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Review: La Rafle

In La Rafle , director Rose Bosch boldly tackles the psyche of Hitler, showing the Führer enjoying the high life with Eva Braun as he instructs his minions to pressure France to hand over its Jews so he can sate his genocidal bloodlust before the Allie
The psyche of Hitler
By TOM MEEK  |  July 22, 2011
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Review: Much Ado in World War 2

Men return from war, and attentions turn to love: It's a timeless order, and so it is with the witty Sicilians of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing .
Monmouth shifts centuries, to powerful effect
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 15, 2011
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StoryCorps lands in Rhode Island

Listen: Muriel Mackie patrolled Pawtucket in a white helmet and whistle during World War II.
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By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  June 03, 2011
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Review: Winter In Wartime

Evoking a similar scene in John Boorman's wonderful World War II memoir, Hope and Glory , a stricken British bomber crashes just outside a small Dutch town.
Coming-of-age thriller
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 08, 2011


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Review: Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today

For those whose knowledge comes filtered through Judgment at Nuremberg , the packed-with-stars 1961 Hollywood extravaganza, here is the somber actuality.
A 35mm restoration of a historic artifact
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 28, 2011
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An enchanting South Pacific at PPAC

History is written by the winners, and there are few good-guy winners in the history of warfare more hallowed and haloed than the American victors of World War II, saviors of Western civilization.
Love and war
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 10, 2010
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Jenny Holzer's projections remake buildings

Jenny Holzer is not an architect, but in 2004, when she projected those words onto the stone facade of the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan's Times Square, the historic building acquired a character it had never before seen.
Big words
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 03, 2010
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The death of the American city, revisited

Urban renewal is seldom discussed as anything but the great scourge of the American city — a disastrous post-World War II push to steamroll working-class neighborhoods and replace them with towering concrete buildings and cavernous plazas that sterilized
Renewables
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 17, 2010
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Review: Watch Born Yesterday, don't act that way

Born Yesterday  recalls the optimism of the post-World War II era, when the economy was booming, the Good War had made the world rational and safe for democracy, and millions of Americans were taking advantage of the GI Bill.
See for yourself
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 10, 2010


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Book bag for the dog days

Planning to be lazy and let it all go this summer? Sorry, there are too many good books to read. From Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector to Richard Rhodes's The Twilight of the Bombs and Jean Valentine's Break the Glass , you'll find tomes gal
Load up your Goodman, Gordimer, Franzen, Moody, and more
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 18, 2010
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Beyond belief

One of the purposes of escapist reading is to feed our daydreams.
Three literary fantasies for summer — including a true one
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  June 18, 2010

A Rhode Island filmmaker’s tribute to the Good War

Amid the moral ambiguity of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — the handwringing over weapons of mass destruction, drone attacks, and the rights of detainees — there is something startling about the raw patriotism of the documentary Navy Heroes of Norman
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 04, 2010
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Hearing voices

Don’t be fooled by its textbook appearance — How To Wreck a Nice Beach (Melville House/Stop Smiling) is hardly a dry anthropological study of “The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop,” as the subtitle suggests.
Dave Tompkins chases the Vocoder
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 14, 2010
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Review: Marwencol

It takes a village to save a mind.
The resistance of memory
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 23, 2010


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Jewishfilm.2010

They aren’t the most auspicious of couplings: an Arab and Jewish girl in Nazi-occupied Tunis in 1942; a butcher and his apprentice in Haredi Jerusalem; the survivor of a terrorist bombing and a stranger who might be a guardian angel.
Love is stronger than death at Jewishfilm.2010
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 02, 2010
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Review: Meredith Monk: Inner Voice

After studying music and dance at Sarah Lawrence College in the '60s, Meredith Monk was struck by the idea that the voice could be like the body — it could move, it could have characters and landscapes, it could alter time.
Monk's evocative book of hours
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 19, 2010
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Review: Waiting For Armageddon

Much scarier than 2012 is this documentary about the death grip that fundamentalist religious groups have on American politics.
Here are all the crazies
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010
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Review: The Saboteur

When Pandemic Studios was shuttered on November 17, it seemed less another casualty of the economy than a mercy killing.
Pandemic Studios' swan song
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 08, 2010
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Review: Four Seasons Lodge

Andrew Jacobs's documentary is a poignant portrait of a Jewish summer community in the Catskills (one of a few where once there'd been hundreds) peopled almost entirely by elderly concentration-camp survivors.
A full-bore "Jewish" cinematic feast
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  December 11, 2009


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Hot Nazi beach reads

Nazis aren't blitzing just the movie screens this year, though — they're also invading the bookstores, with battalions of novels and non-fiction tomes published or upcoming.
The new wave of Reich books: pop genres, good Germans
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 21, 2009
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Interview: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino began writing the screenplay for Inglourious Basterds more than 10 years ago. When I got him on the phone, he talked about the film's long gestation and how he chose his actors.
The director talks Basterds
By KAM WILLIAMS  |  August 21, 2009
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Review: Inglourious Basterds

From the beginning, Tarantino's obsessive self-referentiality and movie allusions never let you forget that you're watching a film.
Payback for Hitler in Inglourious Basterds
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 21, 2009
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The Wat Misaka story

He only played three games and scored seven points in the 1947-48 season, but Wataru Misaka's story is netted, slammed, and sealed in NBA history. The 5'7" Japanese-American was the New York Knicks' first-round draft pick and the first non-white basket
Making a rebound
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  August 07, 2009