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George Clooney made a noble effort to tell the story of soldier/scholars sent by President Franklin Roosevelt to save the culture of Europe near the end of World War II. A noble effort, however, does not immediately translate to a fine film. 

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The time: 1961; the setting: smoky, folky bar in New York City. The player: Llewyn Davis, a folk singer with a penchant toward being irresponsible, arrogant and needy. Think of the recent title character of "Francis Ha," and you have Llewyn Davis only 50 years ago and with a guitar.

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Friday, 02 November 2012 00:00

‘Flight’ Soars

Director Robert Zemeckis’ “Flight” embeds a complex character study in the tragic story of a serious airplane accident. This multifaceted approach makes it not only a rich film but also an important one because SouthJet Air pilot Captain Whip Whitaker is an alcoholic, meaning he’s in denial, lying to everyone, including himself.

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Director Ben Affleck’s “Argo” has every element an entertaining film could want: terrific cinematography, solid sound design, a clever script, breathtaking pacing, brilliant editing, and superb acting—all in the service of a dynamite story based on real, mind-boggling events. It begins with the 1979 storming of the US embassy compound in Tehran.

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Impressively executed and immensely entertaining, The Artist charts the fading career of silent film star George Valentin juxtaposed with the rise of new discovery Peppy Miller. In a strong supporting role native St. Louisan John Goodman plays director Al Zimmer. This gorgeous black-and-white homage to silent film takes place in Hollywood from 1927 to 1931, the transition to talkies.

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As 2011 ends, the best films deserve applause. Here are the films for which I welcome repeat viewings.

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Thursday, 10 November 2011 01:00

A Wealth of Films at the St. Louis Film Fest

The 20th annual St. Louis International Film Festival begins spectacularly Thursday, November 10th at the Tivoli with The Artist. Impressively executed and immensely entertaining, The Artist charts the fading career of silent film star George Valentin juxtaposed with the rise of Peppy Miller. St. Louisan John Goodman plays film director Zimmer in this gorgeous, masterful black-and-white homage to silent film.

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Tok Releases Gold Dollar Hen House Volume 3

Tue April 8
Tok is a Festus based rock band who has been rocking St. Louis for 20 years. They are due to release their third installment of their Gold Dollar Hen House collection on February 28, 2014 at Schlafly's…