LGBT advocates joining next week’s March For Our Lives in D.C.

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Emma Gonzalez of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has become one of the faces of the new gun reform movement.

The Human Rights Campaign and the National LGBTQ Task Force are among a large number of LGBT advocacy organizations and LGBT activists expected to participate in a March 24 demonstration in the nation’s capital against gun violence.

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Screened Out – The BFG

By : Stephen Miller
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Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Rafe Spall, Rebecca Hall, voice of Mark Rylance

Gently folded into this sweet, slow movie are some beautiful images and a single memorable character. No one else here charms like the Big Friendly Giant (the BFG of the title, perfectly voiced by Rylance). Rylance even brings his creature to life when the computer animation around him looks clumsy.

“Human beans is not really believing in giants, is they?” say the BFG in his confused, broken English. “Human beans is not thinking we exist.”

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Stephen Sondheim among 17 recipients to be honored by President Obama

By : Jeremy Williams
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Stephen Sondheim is one of 17 individuals being presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” according to a press release by the White House.

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Screened Out – Bridge of Spies

By : Stephen Miller
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Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Billy Magnussen, Austin Stowell, Will Rogers

Steven Spielberg shows that Cold War espionage films can still be entertaining. In Bridge of Spies, Spielberg borrows from a true story, combining a John le Carre thriller with a Frank Capra courtroom drama. What he creates is a slightly imperfect, very American film that still is deeply gratifying.

In 1957, Rudolf Ivanovich Abel (Rylance) was arrested in New York City on charges of conspiracy and spying. A British-born Russian émigré, Abel served in the Soviet military before and during World War II. After the war, Abel began working for the KGB in the US; there is no doubt about this.

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Screened Out – The Hundred-Foot Journey

By : Stephen Miller
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Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri, Charlotte Le Bon

The Hundred-Foot Journey is one of those manipulative feasts your grandma would fix to guarantee your love and devotion. With a picture postcard setting, solid acting, and detailed attention to food, it’s a film to be relished. As a meal, it may not earn a Michelin star – there are really no surprises here – but no one’s going to send Grandma’s meal back, are we?

It’s the type of feel-good cinema one could share with all the other classics of a family meal – predictable but still craved for.

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