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Stories for September 27, 2008

Paul Newman: 1925 - 2008

Sept. 27
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Paul Newman had a way of making everything look easy. He navigated celebrity without scandal; he gave effortlessly to charity; and he even made getting old a graceful process. On screen he hustled pool, solved crimes, argued cases, and bucked the system with just a hint of impertinence. He took whatever anybody dished out and greeted it with a smile or even a laugh.

A Hatchet Where You Need A Scalpel?

Sept. 27
By Candace Suerstedt and Citizen Voices

McCain continually treated Obama with a contempt that was jarringly inappropriate in this arena. & Obama continued to deflect McCain's assertions, some of them false, with the calm strength of the Statesman he is. It seems Obama decided to be conciliatory rather than aggressive in his rebuttals though at times, I would have appreciated more confrontation on Obama's part.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 27
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Citizen Voices

Sept. 27
By Candice Suerstedt and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Miracle at St. Anna

Sept. 27
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The film opens in the not too distant past of Harlem, 1983. Hector Negron (Laz Alonso) is watching a John Wayne World War II movie on TV. As Negron watches we sense he's wondering where all the Hollywood films are about the role African Americans played in the war. "We fought for this country too," he says. But then at work the next day this aging postal worker just a few months shy of retirement pulls out a World War II German Lugar and shoots a male customer to death. Negron has a squeaky clean past as well as a Purple Heart and since he refuses to say anything, the cops are clueless as to his motivation for the crime. Adding a layer of complication is the fact that the cops find a 450-year-old artifact worth millions of dollars in Negron's closet. A neophyte reporter (Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a completely superfluous role) tries to pry the story out of Negron and this prompts a flashback.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 27
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Teen Critic Wouldn't Trade Places with the Duchess

Sept. 27
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Keira Knightley stars as The Duchess (Paramount Vantage)

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 27
By Teencritics and KPBS Public Broadcasting