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Thursday, October 29, 2020

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

The Trial of the Chicago 7, which dropped on Netflix yesterday after a limited theatrical run, is a film with palpably lofty ambitions. It intends to be the next great courtroom drama,...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something”

The phrase “When in doubt, do something,” was a way of life for the legendary musician Harry Chapin. A new film celebrating the life and legacy of the 70’s...

Gerry Goldstein: RIP Whitey, but…

The recent death of New York Yankees hall-of-fame pitcher Whitey Ford provides me personal recollection of how, as children, we choose our role models and heroes. Ford won 236...

Brian C. Jones: A sign of the times? Too few signs for Biden. Or...

As I drive around my corner of Aquidneck Island, I’ve noticed something missing: political signs supporting the presidential candidates. So far, I’ve seen just two places where there are...

Tiny Kitchen Magic: Simple Risotto

Oh I’m so glad to see you.  Take a look at this. This right here is the risotto. Now let’s talk about the risotto.  Can we please talk about the risotto? Please,...

What’s Up at the Movies – We Review “Kajillionaire”

The world of Miranda July’s new film Kajillionaire is one of intense sensitivity filtered through a protagonist that doesn’t know how to process how she feels. A commitment to normalcy shown through...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Dick Johnson Is Dead “

All I knew about Kirsten Johnson’s new documentary Dick Johnson Is Dead going in, besides it having been a hit at this year’s Sundance, was its premise: to help process that her...

Gerry Goldstein: Pleasures for the eye (and the palate)

In these tumultuous times that grow more volatile by the day, it's comforting to appreciate simple but priceless gifts like the one before us: October.This sentiment may be a minority view in...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Enola Holmes”

Sherlock Holmes is among the most famous characters in all of fiction, as well as the human literary character with the most on-screen appearances (only Dracula has him beat overall). The new...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “The Devil All the Time”

Adapting a book for the big screen can be a tricky process. People often talk about film adaptations in terms of faithfulness to the source material, but those discussions put too much...

Tiny Kitchen Magic: Pasta alla Puttanesca

Well, hello there Newport. My name is Jay. I’m a lifelong eater.  I am also a (mostly) self-taught cook. In this monthly column, I’m hoping to show that no matter the size...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”

 I’m Thinking of Ending Things, the latest work from filmmaker Charlie Kaufman adapted from Iain Reid’s novel of the same name, is a difficult film to write about. As the screenwriter behind...

Gerry Goldstein, cell phone millionaire

In these disturbing times it's comforting to know that one has friends who can be relied on to come through when the chips are down.   In my case, I...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President”

In my recent interview with music writer and retired MTV Executive Bill Flanagan, the Warwick native explained how the new film Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President came to be.

Just My Opinion: Celebrating Labor and Labor Day

At outdoor barbeques today, at family gatherings, at the beaches and everywhere that Americans spend their Labor Day holiday, few will reflect upon the sacrifices that made this a national holiday, and on the...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Mulan”

After months of disruptions that continue to impact film distribution, we’ve now reached a point in the year when studios are starting to take chances with their blockbusters - high-cost productions they...

Brian C. Jones: For seniors touched by a pandemic, parking lot paintings told of...

The Lorax presumably still speaks “for the trees,” but from now on the Dr. Seuss character won’t have a high school’s asphalt parking lot from which to broadcast his warnings against environmental...

Gerry Goldstein: As summer ends, a look toward new beginnings

The other morning, in step with some cosmic metronome setting the rhythm of the seasons, baby turtles the size of silver dollars wriggled free of the earth outside our front door.

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Get Duked!”

This week’s movie-news cycle has been dominated by the return of theatrical releases, with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and X-Men offshoot The New Mutants finally making their way the big screen— but the...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Tesla”

Despite being an endless source of fascination for artists, genius can be a difficult subject to explore well, particularly when it involves a real person. Exceptionality both draws us in and, by...

Brian C. Jones: Rhode Island’s Victory Day holiday is worth keeping – just not...

I had just turned 3 when World War II ended on Aug. 14, 1945, a hugely important moment in human history that was often referred to during and after the war as...

Gerry Goldstein: Wisdom, Straight from the horse’s….

Since my title on our hobby farm in Rhode Island's Apple Valley is executive vice president/manure management, I know a thing or two about the production and distribution of raw material.

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “She Dies Tomorrow”

She Dies Tomorrow, the new film from writer-director Amy Seimetz, begins by frustrating its audience. The first few minutes closely follow the protagonist, Amy (Kate Lynn Shell), as she unravels alone in...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Marley”

An official re-release of the Bob Marley biopic Marley is cause for celebration. The film, originally released in 2012, is out on pay-per-view and in virtual screening rooms now. This look at...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “The Rental”

Early responses to The Rental, the directorial debut of actor Dave Franco, have been interestingly divided. While movies often do better with general audiences than with critics, jaded as they are from...