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Joker
2019 . Crime, Thriller, Drama

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Joaquin Phoenix crushes it. This is a very dark movie that touches on how the US struggles to provide resources and help to those who are stricken by poverty, mental health issues, and abandoned by society.
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Good Boys
2019 . Comedy

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Got some great laughs watching this. Reminded me of my childhood!
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Just Mercy
2014 . Bryan Stevenson

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Amazing book, highly recommend. Stevenson is a trailblazing lawyer who tells stories of his work fighting against unjust imprisonment, racial bias, wrongful sentencing, and to abolish capital punishment in the US. There’s also a movie based on the book.
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Palm Springs
2020 . Comedy, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery, Science Fiction

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I thought it was funny and entertaining. Andy Sandberg, always a riot
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Succession
2018 . Drama

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Great show based on the Murdoch family, the proprietors of the unfortunate, right wing Fox News franchise
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The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
2015 . Documentary, Crime, Mystery

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Crazy miniseries on real estate scion Robert Durst. A clear example on how great wealth can get you out of just about anything in the US.
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Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich
2020 . Documentary, Crime

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This is a shocking documentary on Jeffrey Epstein. I appreciated how much of the story is told by victims and hearing their accounts of his crimes. Too many of them were shunned and ignored for too long. Where I think the series misses the mark is a background on how Epstein got his money and how he perpetuated his crimes by manipulating people in power. Nonetheless, it’s possible that the true scope of his crimes and how he committed them will never come to light. It’s harrowing how many lives he preyed on and ruined, and it’s deeply frustrating how he bought his way out and how our system failed the victims.
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The Road
2006 . Cormac McCarthy

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I enjoyed this book, but struggled through it. I was waiting for more action, for a plot to develop, for detail on why/how this apocalyptic world came about. The setting of this world is beautifully described, but after awhile it became redundant and I got a bit bored waiting for an inflection point that didn’t come. This opinion probably puts me in the minority, given all the accolades it has earned.
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Avli River North
Chicago . Mediterranean, Greek

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First meal out since quarantine. Nice patio area to eat outside, but the food was underwhelming.
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No Country for Old Men
2006 . Cormac McCarthy

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Thrilling page turner, enjoyed it as much as the movie!
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Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics
2004 . Joseph S. Nye Jr.

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One of my favorite reads on international affairs. The US is a case study of a country that accumulated soft power and then squandered it through military misadventures and Trumpian “America first” policies
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Hero of the Empire
2016 . Candice Millard

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Interesting book on Churchill in the Boer War, which influenced his entry into politics. Quick and easy read relative to a lot of bios on him.
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The Boys in the Boat
2013 . Daniel Brown

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Great book on the Washington U rowing team and their journey to the 1936 gold medal. I was amazed by the adversity Joe Rantz went through growing up and how he persevered. I also learned a lot about rowing and how challenging of a sport it is
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Normal People
2020 . Drama, Romance

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One of my favorite shows I’ve seen in awhile. I was so frustrated seeing the ups and downs in Connell and Marianne’s relationship, believing they were perfect for each other. Also, I think many can identify with the challenges of high school, trying to fit in with the popular crowd, while remaining true to yourself and principles. On the other hand, it becomes hard over time to keep in touch with this part of our life and our hometown, as people go off to college and the working world
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The Last Dance
2020 . Documentary, Biography, History

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I love this series, and Jordan’s accomplishments will stand the test of time
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