“The Class” Movie Review By Daniel Barnes

The Class (2008; Laurent Cantet) GRADE: A- By Daniel Barnes While Hollywood films are typically and predictably dismissive of school teachers (and all public servants, really) as pedants, snobs, fascists, and/or layabouts, there also exists a mostly icky vein of educator-as-hero stories. Movies ranging from Goodbye, Mr. Chips […]

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“Lianna” (1983) Movie Review by Mike Dub

Lianna (1983; John Sayles) GRADE: B+ By Mike Dub Lianna, the title character of John Sayles’ rich, graceful 1983 romantic drama, is a woman who has two teachers in her life.  The first is her husband, Dick, a college film professor, with whom she began an affair when Lianna […]

“Equus” Movie Review by Daniel Barnes

Equus (1977; Sidney Lumet) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes Adapted from a Tony Award-winning play by Peter Shaffer, Equus came at a seemingly perfect time for director Sidney Lumet to shepherd a prestige production to the screen. A workhorse since his TV days, the economic limitations and concomitant […]

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