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Mar.28.2014
"Chart-topper, glamour wife, style icon, filmmaker, new mom, business mogul—Beyoncé is at the height of her powers and writing her own script."  [quote (c) Vogue Magazine]   Whether you are listening to her 2008 album, "I Am... Sasha Fierce", or her current 2013 album (released without...
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Feb.18.2014
Winter's Tale    a film review    by Jeanne Powell Mark Helprin’s magical-realist novel, about a love so deep that it exists outside of time, received ecstatic reviews upon publication in 1983 and went on to become a New York Times bestseller. Popular...
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Jan.12.2014
The Invisible Woman   a film review   by Jeanne Powell  “The Invisible Woman” was featured at the New York, Telluride and Toronto film festivals in 2013.  Nelly Lawless Ternan was that invisible woman, a vital part of Charles Dickens’ last decade, and she...
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Jan.06.2014
(c) 2010 Jeanne Powell   all rights reserved     [3]   Fourth Street, positively, on a fog-filled afternoon – busy thoroughfare with electric buses, blaring taxis, tourists and local shoppers.  Walking past a small hotel guarded by a doorman in full regalia...
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Dec.09.2013
  Out of the Furnace       a film review    by Jeanne Powell In director Scott Cooper’s enticing new film “Out of the Furnace,” Iraq War veteran Rodney Baze (Casey Affleck) journeys to the Ramapo Mountains in New Jersey for bare-knuckle boxing with...
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Nov.27.2013
[an opinion in favor of books you can hold in your hands] by Jeanne Powell The future of publishing?  I cannot ignore this subject as much as I would like.  Whatever the future of publishing, it will have a direct impact on my work as a poet, fiction writer, essayist and budding...
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Nov.22.2013
Porgy and Bess   a stage review   by Jeanne Powell   This current New York production of "Porgy and Bess" features a superbly talented cast of singers and dancers, performing Gershwin’s timeless melodies with skill and enthusiasm. “Porgy and Bess” is touring the...
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Nov.10.2013
TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE    a film review      by Jeanne Powell   British film director Steve McQueen has given us an unforgettable depiction of slavery in the antebellum south, one which will provide for most Americans their deepest education yet in why slavery...
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Nov.02.2013
Chasing Shakespeare  a film review  by Jeanne Powell  CHASING SHAKESPEARE opened the American Indian Film Festival on the west coast this year. It already has won awards at festivals in Cannes, Houston and Hollywood, and is well worth seeing. Danny Glover and Graham Greene are the...
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Oct.30.2013
(c) 2013 Jeanne Powell      Some experiences occur in your life every day, week after month after year.  Many are reassuring and even essential to successful human existence – the sun rising, presence of breathable air in abundance, utilizing the village concept to build and...
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Oct.06.2013
© 2013 Jeanne Powell   [all rights reserved]   Early on a foggy Sunday morning and I am running late.  Shaking off the natural urge to slow-stretch and go back to sleep,  I gather what seems useful and pour everything  into whatever oversized purse  I’m...
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Sep.03.2013
(c) 2013 Jeanne Powell  Dear Fellow Citizen: For hours and hours each day we all occupy the City in close quarters, resident and commuter alike.  There are times when your idea of how much space you need differs from my perspective of how much space is available when we try to occupy...
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Aug.29.2013
SEX AND THE CITY  a film review  by Jeanne Powell  © 2008 available on dvd   At long last “Sex and the City” — the movie — is here. We get to see our citygirls again, find out how they’re feeling, what they’re wearing, who they’ve been sleeping with. New York City and...
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Aug.27.2013
VANTAGE POINT  a film review  by Jeanne Powell  © 2008 available on dvd   "Vantage Point" is a political thriller from Columbia Pictures, directed by Pete Travis, and it does hold your attention on more than one level. Leaders of several countries gather in Salamanca, Spain...
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Aug.27.2013
  BURN AFTER READING  a film review  by Jeanne Powell  © 2008  available on dvd  Joel and Ethan have done it again -- provided a wickedly funny, acid-etched take on a corner of our world.  This time it's those murky spies who help to screw up our foreign policy...
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