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Interview: Nicholas Alexander, retired CIA

— by BEV QUESTAD —

I’m becoming more interested not only in the content of a documentary, but in investigating its truth. This is why I interviewed a Sovietologist and retired CIA operations officer in the clandestine service of the CIA’s covert action section about Oliver Stone’s most recent controversial documentary, “Ukraine on Fire,” which has been banned in Ukraine.

Stone, a filmmaker of some of the most profoundly thought-provoking films like “Platoon” (1986) and “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989), dared to make “Snowden” (2016), which gave us the riveting story of the whistle-blower who revealed covert US surveillance undermining the US Constitution. While often praised, Stone has also been condemned for being unpatriotic, to say the least, and “Ukraine on Fire” may be his bravest exposé yet. (CONTINUED)


Review: The Exception

— by RON WILKINSON — There are love stories set in wartime, and there are war stories with love affairs. It is a rare film that succeeds in combining a nail-biting spy story with one of redemption through self-sacrifice. This movie does it by combining an ambivalent German SS captain with a dedicated Jewish spy. […][...]


All we know about Game of Thrones season 7

After months of waiting, “Game of Thrones” is finally returning. Season 7 will premiere on Sunday, and with so much excitement surrounding the HBO show, we thought we’d take a look at everything we know about this upcoming season so far. Can We Trust the Rumours? Due to the popularity of “Game of Thrones,” most […][...]


Review: The Reagan Show

— by RON WILKINSON — Fluffy and light hearted, as the final credits roll, political aficionados will wonder what it was they just saw. As it turns out, that is what this movie is all about. It is glossy, splashy and at times rib-ticklingly funny, but there is a lack of even the most basic […][...]


Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: First Trailer

— by JASON CULLEN — “Jumanji” (1995), directed by Chris Columbus and starring Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt, was one of the best-loved family films of the ’90s, and people have fond memories of the safari-themed adventure. Some purists may think that classics such as this should be left alone and remembered as the magical […][...]


Review: Bad Genius

— by RON WILKINSON — In a world saturated with instant phone and e-mail communications, it is a whole new game when it comes to getting a leg up on the competition. The game is international high school exams, where passing and failing means the difference between a lifetime at a dead-end job and an […][...]


Review: Baby Driver

— by RON WILKINSON — Ansel Elgort and writer/director Edgar Wright power through this mayhem fest with a quarter mile soundtrack and rocket launch car chases. Not chases, they are more like bike acrobatics with rocket assist engines instead of wheels. The story starts with near catatonic Baby launching his Subaru into low earth orbit […][...]


Stay connected to your favorite superhero

Superheroes are nothing new, but in today’s world, showing your affiliation with them is more possible than ever. Thanks to the realms of the internet and the possibilities that unfold when using it, you can connect with others online, order strange pieces of memorabilia, or game to your heart’s content. Your love of superheroes may […][...]


Review: Moka

— by RON WILKINSON — Frédéric Mermoud’s simmering revenge mystery is less thriller than self-study. Set on the shores of Lake Geneva, the misty miasma wafting across the cold fiord focuses the eye on the mysterious mountains along its shore. Diane (in a powerful performance by Emmanuelle Devos) is standing at the railing of ship […][...]