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Movie Review: The Big Short

Movie Review: The Big Short

| February 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Playing now at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. What do tulip bulbs, online pet supply merchants, and Florida McMansions have in common? All were the objects of speculative bubbles that ended in disaster. The 17th century mania for tulip bulb futures was perhaps the first recorded speculative bubble in which the prices […]

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Movie review: “Room”

Movie review: “Room”

| January 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. We humans have powerful resources in our ingenuity, our imagination, and our will. Our ingenuity helps us make sense of our world and see its possibilities. Our imagination gives us hope and helps us to transcend our circumstances. Our will spurs us to take […]

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Movie Review: “Spotlight”

Movie Review: “Spotlight”

| January 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. Boston is a city of contradictions. Home to world-class universities, powerful high-tech and financial enterprises, and renowned arts and cultural organizations, it also contains tightly knit ethnic neighborhoods and the parochialism of a small town “where everybody knows your name” because they went to […]

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Movie Review: “Carol”

Movie Review: “Carol”

| January 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. In our age of throwaway fashion, catalogues offer a rainbow of $29.99 lightweight cashmere sweaters, wool skirts are sewn on overlock machines to keep their edges from raveling, and cotton blouses are blended with Lycra to hold their shape. The cut of fine clothing and […]

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Review of “Joy”

Review of “Joy”

| December 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. An inventor himself, Benjamin Franklin pushed to protect inventions in the Constitution. From the early Republic to the present, hundreds of thousands of patents have been filed for diverse innovations such as the cotton gin, Morse code, and the Hula Hoop. The countless inventors, […]

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Movie Review: “Steve Jobs”

Movie Review: “Steve Jobs”

| December 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

Now Playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Reviewed by Anna Socrates. It was 1999 and time to replace the ungainly, wheezing behemoth of a PC that was my faithful companion through graduate school. I coveted the sleek, clean lines and candy-bright shell of the Apple iMac, which was launched the year before. Additionally, the all-in-one […]

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Movie Review: “Suffragette”

Movie Review: “Suffragette”

| December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Opens today at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. Suffragist or suffragette? Words do matter, so a review of a movie about women’s suffrage should use the correct term. However, both are appropriate. Members of the larger movement to expand voting rights are properly referred to as “suffragists,” since this term includes the […]

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Movie Review: Brooklyn

Movie Review: Brooklyn

| November 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Opens Wednesday November 25 at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. While rummaging through a box of old photos, I found snapshots of my mother, her sisters, and their friends. Taken in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the photos depicted happy young women posing in Easter finery, frolicking at the beach, relaxing […]

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New Deal Cafe’s 20th Anniversary Party!

New Deal Cafe’s 20th Anniversary Party!

| November 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

On Sunday November 8th the New Deal Cafe celebrated its 20th anniversary – naturally, with a 6-hour party! Bar manager Amethyst Dwyer, who suggested this commemorative blog post, called it ”a festive day filled with music, co-mingling among friends, and fond recollections. The New Deal is truly a miracle story and we are so very lucky […]

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Film Review: “Bridge of Spies”

Film Review: “Bridge of Spies”

| November 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. An accomplished artist effectively manipulates light and shadow to create a lifelike portrait. Strong contrasts between light and dark give depth to paintings and drawings and create visually interesting cinematic images. Bridge of Spies, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Joel and Ethan […]

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Movie Review: Sicario

Movie Review: Sicario

| November 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates.   Given a choice between living under the rule of law or the law of wolves, I think most of us would choose the former, even with all of the associated paperwork and regulations. We expect that suspects will be read their rights and […]

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Review of “The Truth”

Review of “The Truth”

| October 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. “Truthiness,” an intuition that feels right but is not supported by facts or evidence, was coined and defined by Stephen Colbert in 2005, slightly more than a year after the events known as Rathergate. Truthiness and its consequences, however, are the essence of Rathergate—newscaster […]

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Review of Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Review of Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

| October 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Opens today at the Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. Imagine a political organization advocating for better housing, healthcare, nutrition, and education. One calling to end oppression, police brutality, and mass incarceration. One led by charismatic, photogenic, and media-savvy young people, with one visionary emphasizing unity over racial division. Is this the Green Party or […]

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Review of “Meet the Patels”

Review of “Meet the Patels”

| October 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Playing now at the Greenbelt Theatre.  Review by Anna Socrates. A picture or video; statistics about height, weight, and occupation; and a brief statement about hobbies, including obligatory beach walks, seems a flimsy basis on which to find a life partner. Welcome to the currency of contemporary online dating. The more “scientific” services use an […]

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“Grandma” with Lily Tomlin!

“Grandma” with Lily Tomlin!

| September 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre.  Review by Anna Socrates. Not all film trailers are created equal. The best give a 5-minute taste that makes you want to savor the main course. Others cram in the funniest clips to promise you a rollicking ride that is not always delivered. The trailer for Grandma is more […]

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5 Reels for “Phoenix” at the Greenbelt The

5 Reels for “Phoenix” at the Greenbelt The

| September 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now Playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. Sultry dames, smoky nightclubs, and treacherous alleys are easily recognizable as the visual language of film noir. The bleak modern urban landscape it describes is populated by amoral and isolated characters. If light and dark stand in for good and evil, the noir universe is […]

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Celebrating Rosenwald – the Man, the Schools, the Graduates

Celebrating Rosenwald – the Man, the Schools, the Graduates

| September 2, 2015 | 6 Comments

Last night’s showing of Rosenwald at the Old Greenbelt Theatre was a moving and fascinating event that packed the house – every seat.  That’s because the documentary was followed by words and answers for the very engaged audience by filmmaker Aviva Kempner and historian Susan G. Pearl, shown above with the theater’s executive director Caitlin […]

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Movie Review: “Rosenwald”

Movie Review: “Rosenwald”

| August 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now through September 3 at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Reviewed by  Anna Socrates. The Sears, Roebuck & Company mail order catalogue was truly a “wish book.” Depicted in its many pages is the stuff that dreams are made of—dolls and toys to fill thousands of nurseries; stylish ready-made clothes; washing machines and sewing machines; buttons, […]

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Learn all About Lenore Thomas Straus

Learn all About Lenore Thomas Straus

| August 26, 2015 | 2 Comments

There’s a new Greenbelt Museum exhibit in the Community Center that I highly recommend – it’s about the New Deal Art of Lenore Thomas Straus, whose work we see on that building and in Roosevelt Center. There I learned that Thomas Straus was only in her 20s when she carved several important works in Greenbelt […]

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Review: The End of the Tour

Review: The End of the Tour

| August 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Opening at the Old Greenbelt Theatre tonight. Review by Anna Socrates There are those who believe that the audacious big books that men write represent the pinnacle of literature and that grand size and scope measure literary manliness. Think of Melville, Hemingway, Joyce, and our contemporaries Pyncheon, Franzen—and David Foster Wallace, the grandest of them […]

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