Ronald Reagan’s Uneasy Role

We get a sense from “That Hagen Girl” that neither Tom Bates nor Jordan, Ohio would meet with Reagan’s approval or measure up to his understanding of American possibilities.

A Picture-Perfect Girl

Time and time again, Reagan has proven his acting ability, yet this ability (not to mention, the variety in his performances) has either gone unrecognized or is diminished, and often denigrated.

Ghosts of Old Year, Love of New Year

One of the most important parts of a new year’s anticipation is to remain firmly planted in reality. William Dieterle’s 1944 “I’ll Be Seeing You” is a fine example of this.

Forgotten Man No More

A sense of wonder, if truly understood, is a source of joy and gratitude. It is Frank Capra’s understanding of gratitude that holds the film’s theme together in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

The House of Funny Horrors

This Halloween let’s watch “Arsenic and Old Lace” for its great, macabre humor, the silly prejudices of “sweet” old ladies, loads of laughs, and as always, the incomparable Cary Grant.

Body in Trance

“The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone,” perhaps unintentionally, shows us the nothingness that comes from the push for temporary relief of an ongoing interior problem.

Chelsea Knows Best

Oprahesque in nature, AppleTV’s docuseries featuring Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, has nothing to do with reality but with the aspirations of a certain kind of clichéd woman.