Aug 23 - 29, 2012 

Proof positive that teachers do not have eyes in the back of their heads.

Film Review

Monsieur Lazhar

French-Canadian classroom drama teaches a lesson on healing

By Devin D. O’Leary
Inspirational teacher stories have long been a staple of the movie industry. But few of these live-and-learn dramas have had the quiet, unadorned impact of Canada’s Academy Award nominee Monsieur Lazhar.

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Reel World

By Devin D. O’Leary

White Sands Cinema

The White Sands International Film Festival has worked hard to build itself up over the years. The festival—which moved from Alamogordo to Las Cruces in 2009—takes place Wednesday, Aug. 22, through Sunday, Aug. 26. This year’s Opening Night Showcase kicks it off with Bringing Up Bobby, a drama about a European con artist and her son who find themselves stuck in rural Oklahoma. The film is directed by actress Famke Janssen, who will be in attendance. Other invited guests include the film’s main stars, Milla Jovovich and Bill Pullman. Emmy-nominated actor Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”) will present his one-man show / seminar on “Performing Your Life.” Other workshops and panel discussions include one on independent filmmaking and a look back at “100 Years of Movie Making in New Mexico.” Noted screenwriter and award-winning playwright Mark Medoff will present “Screenwriting: The Hero’s Journey.” More than 100 features, shorts and documentaries will be screened over the course of the five-day event. Things culminate on Sunday night with the re-screening of the award winners for Best Feature, Best Documentary, Audience Award and Best Director. Events will take place at the Black Box Theater, the Rio Grande Theater and the Cineport 10.

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Idiot Box

Sit List

“Oh Sit!” on The CW

By Devin D. O’Leary
Kudos to the evil entertainment industry genius who successfully pitched the “extreme musical chairs” show Oh Sit!” to The CW. Clearly, the man could sell ice to the Inupiaq.

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Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.

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